For singing out loud! – is back!!
After the long summer break, Swansea Carers’ Choir: For Singing Out Loud! are looking forward to returning for the first sessions of the autumn term.
Jody Mellor, who is a carer herself, the choir’s project manager and a member of the choir wrote this article. Be sure to check out the video too!
Singing a chance to recharge batteries and socialize
Our choir is a creative space where carers can go, to recharge batteries, socialize with friends and enjoy some ‘me time’. Many of our choir members are parents of disabled children, who are often isolated from supportive social networks during the school holidays. The lack of provision for disabled children in the summer is particularly acute in Swansea where there is a lack of appropriate childcare or activities available. For parent-carers, this may lead to increased physical and mental health problems of their own.
I can’t wait for choir to start again – it’s been a difficult, stressful summer for me and the four children!” (choir member)
As Stuart Jones, musical director, states,
The songs we sing are an eclectic mix. We have a rule that no one passes judgment on their own or anyone else’s voice and we go at a pace that suits the group. No-one gets left behind and no-one gets put on the spot.”
New members welcome
Our choir is always looking for new members – who are current or former carers – to come and join us. We also welcome members who live outside of Swansea. We have been surprised to find that our choir is the only carers’ choir in Wales, and members come as far as Aberdare and Neath to take part.
Sing for fun!
We sing for the fun of it and, because we don’t want anyone to miss out, we try to remove all barriers. The choir doesn’t hold auditions, we don’t use written music and our sessions are free of charge (voluntary donations appreciated). We usually sit or stand in a circle and the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and supportive. In addition, our venue is fully accessible with free on-site parking.
The sessions are ‘drop in’ so we can fit sessions around our caring commitments.” (choir member)
Thank goodness I have the choir. It’s helped me so much” (choir member)
Already our choir is preparing for our first performance of the term. Next week we will sing at the Swansea Vale Resource Centre’s MacMillan Coffee Morning on Tuesday 19th September, 10.30-12. Feel free to come along!
More information – watch the video.
For more information about the choir, and the ways that carers have benefited from being involved, watch our video or follow us on Facebook here.
Uploaded by Swansea Carers Choir on 2017-09-11.
Swansea Carers Choir resumed on September 14th. We meet every Thursday (11.30-1.30) during term time, at Bethel Uniting Church Hall, Sketty Park Road, Sketty, SA2 9AS. The church hall is opposite Bishop Gore School and is next to Cae-Bryn Avenue. For more details, please contact Jody on 075399 57157 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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