Croydon carers choir standing in a row and smiling
Singing their hearts out for World Peace Day.

Croydon Carers Choir celebrates three years of singing their hearts out

Local carers sang their hearts out to celebrate three years of the Croydon Carers Choir.

Hard-working carers looking after sick or disabled friends and relatives meet twice a month at the Carers Support Centre to sing, smile and enjoy a well-deserved break from their caring roles.

The group celebrated in style with cake, party poppers and a visit from Kevin McKenna from Croydon Council, who supported the group’s recent funding bid. The festivities ended on a high with a joyful rendition of Siyahamba, a traditional South African song in Zulu.

Watch the choir in action!

Matthew*, a local carer who attends the group said ‘It's really important we are recognised in this way as carers. I always feel happy when I come and sad when I go but glad that I know we will be able to meet again to enjoy this beautiful harmony together.'

The group was founded in 2014 by the Carers Support Centre and Creative Croydon. The Choir recently received additional funding from Croydon Council, Waitrose Community Fund and Fairfield Councillors.

Katie Rose, Choir coordinator said 'I have had such joyful, uplifting and tender experiences leading the Croydon Carers Choir over the past three years.  It has been such an enriching process to see the group grow. We have enjoyed so many beautiful songs from around the world and it means so much to me that the group offers respite to some of the unsung heroes and heroines of our community.'

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For further information, please contact:
Helen Thompson, Manager, Carers’ Information Service on 020 8649 6284 or email helenthompson@carersinfo.org.uk.    
Or
Amy Deakin, Communications and Publications Officer, Carers’ Information Service on 020 8649 6288 or email amydeakin@carersinfo.org.uk.

Note to editors

The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers in Croydon who look after someone who needs help due to illness, disability or old age. They run the Carers Support Centre, a drop-in centre for carers in George Street, Croydon Town Centre open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm. The Carers Support Centre offers a drop in advice service, Carers Café, health, social and wellbeing activities and bookable advice surgeries for unpaid carers in the borough. Contact the service on 020 8649 9339 (option 1), visit www.carersinfo.org.uk or email info@carersinfo.org.uk.   

The Carers’ Information Service is part of The Whitgift Foundation. The Whitgift Foundation, established in 1596 by Archbishop John Whitgift, is a registered charity with the aim of providing education and care in Croydon and the surrounding areas: www.whitgiftfoundation.co.uk.    

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