croydon carers choir group smiling with Katie Rose

Croydon Carers Choir encourages us all to ‘Keep Going’ with inspirational carers’ song

Croydon Carers Choir launched their inspirational song ‘Keep Going’ this week to encourage others to keep going through difficult times.

Available on YouTube, ‘Keep Going’ was written and performed by a group of Croydon carers, who dedicate their time to looking after friends or relatives with a long-term illness or disability.

Choir members worked tirelessly on the lyrics and performance for four months, with guidance from Croydon Carers Choir leader and professional singer Katie Rose. The project was funded by a grant from Mike King’s MyCool Music Foundation.

Croydon Carers Choir currently meets twice a month at the Carers Support Centre for members to sing, smile and enjoy a well-deserved break from caring. The choir is part of a range of Croydon Council funded health and wellbeing activities at the Carers Support Centre, including massage, dance, Pilates and Tai Chi.

Elvis, carer and choir member, said: ‘It’s very inspiring to come here and meet everyone – we are friends for life.’

Katie Rose, Croydon Carers Choir leader said: ‘It’s such an honour to work with Croydon’s often unsung heroes and heroines and witness them finding and sharing their voices. The song they have created will resonate with many people, including those who care.’

Helen Thompson, Carers Support Centre manager said: ‘Our Croydon Carers Choir has gone from strength to strength over the years, providing carers with much-needed singing respite. It’s incredible to see carers expressing themselves so powerfully through music. I’d like to thank Katie Rose and the singers for all their hard work on this piece.’

Croydon Carers Choir was founded in 2014 by the Carers Support Centre and Creative Croydon. The Carers Support Centre is run by the Carers Information Service, part of John Whitgift Foundation. You can learn more about Croydon Carers Choir by visiting the Carers Support Centre website.

MyCool Music Foundation, founded by vocal coach, musical director and choir leader Mike King, aims to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through music.

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For further information, please contact:

Amy Deakin, Communications and Publications Officer, Carers Information Service on 020 8649 6288 or email amydeakin@carersinfo.org.uk.

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About the Carers Information Service

The Carers Information Service provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers in Croydon who look after someone who needs their support due to illness, disability or old age. The service runs the Carers Support Centre, a drop-in centre for carers in George Street, Croydon Town Centre open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

The Carers Information Service is part of John Whitgift Foundation and supported by Croydon Council. Services provided at the Carers Support Centre include drop-in advice, a Carers Café, health and wellbeing activities, workshops and specialist 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.

About John Whitgift Foundation

John 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.johnwhitgiftfoundation.org

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