Sing Viva Carers Choir We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Sing Viva campaign in 2020. Generous donations have meant we have raised all of our target so far and has meant that the carers choir will continue to sing in 2021! Thank you so much for your support. The affects of Covid-19 have hit so many people, with carers being impacted especially deeply. Our Carers Choirs have gone virtual during this time to ensure that our members can sing at home. Singing together for two hours per week provides creative respite, needed social interaction and huge benefits to health and mental wellbeing. A donation of £10 will allow a carer to sing for 2 hours a week. "It's been a really tough week, with fear of bringing the virus back into the house, tonight's really cheered me up and taken my mind off everything. Thank you. Everything you do is so appreciated" Sing Viva Carers Choir member The choir is completely free to join and is always open to new members. Many of the people involved are sandwich carers, caring for a loved one whilst also working - being sandwiched between their responsibilities. As a member of the Carers Choir has said "My husband and I joined the carers choir at a time in our lives when we were caring for both my disabled elderly mother and Andy's brother, who came to live with us while he was being treated for an aggressive form of cancer. Our Tuesday nights once a month gave us something for ourselves. A much needed distance from our responsibilities. I released so many 'feel good' hormones and surrounded us with happy people and happy music. A fabulous tonic. During lockdown there has been such variety in the weekly choir sessions - we've appreciated the musical challenges and really value the distraction from family worries and COVID anxieties. We also love the interest we share is something we can do together." "It came into my life at just the right time. Sadly we found out that our daughter had Inflammatory Bowel Disease (amongst other conditions), a life long chronic autoimmune condition with no cure. Sing Viva has been a constant when our life has been far from it. It is a place I feel comfortable and relaxed. It's somewhere I feel safe and nurtured" Sing Viva Carers Choir member So please, help us and care for a carer during Covid-19. Your support will make all the difference by donating invaluable time out to carers who desperately need this support system at this time. Patrons Support Our Patrons the Kanneh-Mason family are offering their support as it offers a vital lifeline for so many. "As Patrons of Sinfonia Viva we are delighted to support their match funding campaign to keep the Sing Viva Carers Choirs singing. During these challenging times there is more pressure than ever on carers within our community. taking time out each week to do something that makes us happy is so important for health and wellbeing. As a family that enjoys playing music together this is something close to our hearts. For every pound pledged to the Sing Viva campaign this will be matched, doubling the amount that the choir will receive to keep running. Let's keep the virtual choirs singing in the hope that one day they will soon be able to sing again in person." Caring Facts Caring for a loved one with long term disability, illness, or dependency issues can be extremely difficult. Isolation and loneliness are common for carers, who often find themselves caring for over 50 hours a week, in a unpaid role behind closed doors. Our Carers Choirs offer a vital support network, whilst also giving them 2 hours a week to sing and make friends in a safe space. Research by Carers UK has found that 40% of unpaid carers have not had a break in over a year, whilst 25% have not received a single day away from caring in over 5 years. COVID-19 and lockdown has only added to the pressures. A Carers UK study also went on to find that carers who have not had a break in a year or more reported a deterioration in their health, both mentally (75%) and physically (65%). Despite this lack of personal time, 87% of carers still struggle to find time away from their care duties. Almost a third (29%) of carers are worried that practical support for them might be reduced in the future. So please, help us keep Sing Viva singing. You're support is greatly appreciated.