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Croydon Carers Choir wins songwriting grant to raise carer awareness

Croydon Carers Choir has received a small grant to create their own caring song thanks to MyCool Music Foundation.

The Croydon singers will use the foundation’s funding to write and perform a unique song about those who look after sick or disabled friends, partners and relatives.

The songwriting project is part of Croydon Carers Choir’s long-standing mission to help the borough’s hidden carers find their voices and express themselves.

Singers will work on their new song over a period of four months, and hope to finalise the piece in December.

The choir currently meets twice a month at the Carers Support Centre to sing, smile and enjoy a well-deserved break from caring.

Katie Rose, Croydon Carers Choir leader said: ‘We are so thrilled that MyCool Music Foundation are generously supporting local carers through this project. Their support will allow us to help carers develop their song-writing skills and continue to raise awareness of the issues carers face every day.’

Croydon Carers Choir members are looking forward to getting started with the new project, describing it as ‘a new exciting challenge’ and ‘good learning experience’.

Croydon Carers Choir was founded in 2014 by the Carers Support Centre and Creative Croydon. You can learn more about Croydon Carers Choir by visiting the Carers Support Centre website.

The MyCool Music Foundation was founded in 2017 and was born out of the MyCool Singers Community Choir. Since its formation, MyCool Singers has become one of London’s most respected community choirs and with its ethos of ‘Giving Through Singing’ has raised several thousand pounds for charities and organisations.

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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.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About MyCool Music Foundation
The MyCool Music Foundation was founded in 2017 and was born out of the MyCool Singers Community Choir, which was founded in January 2014 by its Musical Director Mike King. Since its formation MyCool Singers has become one of London’s most respected community choirs and with its ethos of ‘Giving Through Singing’ has raised several thousand pounds for charities and organisations.

MyCool Music Foundation has been established as a voluntary not-for-profit organisation to extend the charitable work begun by MyCool Singers and use the therapeutic power of singing and music to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

About the Carers Information Service and Carers Support Centre
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 The Whitgift Foundation and partially-funded 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 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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