×


Home About Contribute Media Kit Contact Sign In
×







.


Charity Industry News

Singing the rainbow for mental health


New project has mental health benefits

Singing the rainbow for mental health


"We will help you find your voice in our weekly sessions that promise laughter, escapism and friendship."
Rebecca McGarvie



A new singing project will raise the spirits and bring a little colour into the Coalfields area of Sunderland this summer. ‘Voices of the Rainbow’ is the latest in a series of projects by Durham based social enterprise The Singing Elf and is aimed at improving the mental and emotional wellbeing of the adults taking part. 

Funded by Sunderland City Council, ‘Voices of the Rainbow’ will be packed with fun, heart-warming songs that will put a smile on your face. Led by vocal tutors Rebecca McGarvie and Sinead Livingston, singers will enjoy learning music inspired by the magic of a rainbow, which has been such a symbol of hope to so many over the last year. From old favourites such as ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ or ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, to new songs that people may not know yet, ‘Voices of the Rainbow’ promises participants an uplifting, supportive and joyful singing experience.

Starting online on Zoom from Tuesday 8th June and moving to in-person sessions when regulations allow, the weekly singing sessions are ideal for adults who have always wanted to give singing a go but didn’t think they could. 

The Singing Elf founder Rebecca said, “We all know that starting something new can be a little scary, but it’s also exciting. We make a special effort to help everyone feel welcome – even people who aren’t even sure they can sing are encouraged to come along. We will help you find your voice in our weekly sessions that promise laughter, escapism and friendship.”

Online singing was almost unheard of before the pandemic but has seen a surge over the last year. Although very different from going to a rehearsal room each week, singing over the internet has some clear advantages, especially for anyone nervous about singing with other people. As Rebecca explains, “Online, no one can hear you sing. We use recordings to sing along to, and you can hear myself or Sinead, but everyone else is on mute.” 

The health benefits of singing have been well publicised recently. As well as helping with breathing, posture, and general fitness, singing also boosts stress busting endorphins, eases anxiety and strengthens the immune system – all things that are important to many people as the country starts to come out of lockdown.

Sunderland City Council's Executive Director of Neighbourhoods, Fiona Brown, said, “Covid-19 and the related social restrictions may have presented challenges to many of the city’s residents, as they have been unable to see friends and family or take part in their usual hobbies and activities. As a council we are delighted to fund projects such as The Singing Elf as part of the Covid Mental Health Wellbeing Programme, which supports the many fantastic groups who work hard to ensure people across the city have the support they need.” 

‘Voices of the Rainbow’ takes place on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7.30pm on 8th June. The sessions are free, and can be booked through The Singing Elf website – www.thesingingelf.co.uk/rainbow.  

ENDS

Photo: Rebecca (front left) and Sinead (front right) at Penshaw with some of the singers (Highlights PR) 

Key Information:
COST: 
FREE, although donations can be made | Funded by Sunderland City Council but open to all
WHEN: Tuesdays 7.30-9pm | WHERE: Online to start with until regulations allow in-person singing
HOW: Book at www.thesingingelf.co.uk/rainbow or call 0191 3721682 

 

.


Charity Business News - Berwick Diabetic Cyclist Goes Border Line Northumberland Freemasons have helped a Berwick cyclist who had diabetes raise vital cash for a charity close to his heart. Paul Cassidy is a member of Heart of Glendale Freemasons Lodge which meets in Berwick upon Tweed and he is also one of the 4.


Paul Cycles to Health and Raises Cash for Diabetes UK

Charity Business News - Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated 1000 to a Lancashire based charity as part of its support for charities across the UK. The charity received the donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation after being nominated by colleagues at the Society s Preston branch for financial support.


Lancashire Charity receives donation from Yorkshire Building Society

Charity Business News - Scottish soap, home and body care brand ARRAN Sense of Scotland has chosen Scotland s leading dementia charity, Alzheimer Scotland, as its official charity partner for 2021.


Arran Sense of Scotland Announces Charity Partnership with Alzheimer Scotland

Charity Business News - A woman fromhas raised hundreds of pounds for a charity which tackles human trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation CSE after taking part in a 50-mile walk. Chloe Cook, 22, completed her Fifty Miles for Freedom challenge in aid of Safe and Free, where she has worked as an office manager for three years.


Woman raises hundreds of pounds for charity which tackles trafficking

Charity Business News - Employment and training services provider, Landau, has been presented with a globally recognised award for its work to improve the lives of young people. The charity, which is based in Shropshire, received a High Commendation in the Response to Covid-19 category at the 2021 Learning Excellence Awards, specifically for its IN2 programme.


Global award recognition for Shropshire charity

Charity Business News - The charity has been fittingly announced as an award recipient during National Volunteers Week, which takes place during the first week of June in 2021. Offering regular youth groups and a huge range of support services in the North West and beyond, The Proud Trust is the UK s largest LGBT charity for young people.


The Proud Trust Receives The Queens Award for Voluntary Service






Ten Times Ten

We transform your bright ideas into brilliant digital products.