Music in Our Bones has been awarded a grant in order to expand on their successful online/CD singing sessions, helping vulnerable people throughout the Covid 19 lock down.
The organisation has stayed in touch with 250 participants via email, sending out fortnightly online singing sessions on YouTube and Facebook. They have also posted out a total of 879 CDs, as not everyone has online access and some singers like to listen to the singing sessions away from a laptop, such as getting on with housework or going out for a drive. This singing support and encouragement at home has been invaluable to many people across Suffolk who have felt isolated and lonely.
Music in Our Bones have also phoned all their singers to ensure they are well and to check how they are coping.
“Thanks so much for the CD which arrived yesterday. As soon as N heard the intro, his face lit up! It sounds great, thank you for all the work you both put into it. Have been enjoying our Musical Memories what’s app group too.” – a family carer in Musical Memories
“It was good to sing those familiar songs along with you. Such care and support keeps the threads of our singing family together while we can’t meet.” – a Lifting Spirits singer who lives alone
“I really appreciate the C.D.s that you have been sending to me and would appreciate you carrying this on. I have used them and the CDs have helped me through this worrying and lonely time very much.” – a bereaved HeartSong singer living alone
“Thanks to our grant we have also been able to reach 60 of our singers in September by offering tiny garden sings, each with 6 people. These encouraged people who have scarcely left their homes to rediscover the confidence and joy they feel whilst singing with others. It also took our singing directly to those no longer able to leave either their homes or their residential accommodation.
A new project has involved sharing favourite places with our singers in our monthly you tube sessions. These will allow everyone to escape their four walls and to sing beside us in beautiful Suffolk locations.
Letting people know they matter; lifting spirits with the musical gift of CDs; staying in touch on the phone, email and facebook; running zoom ‘desert island disc’ sharing sessions; keeping people singing via our you tube sessions has all only been possible thanks to the belief in us shown by our funders. On behalf of everyone we are in touch with, it’s a huge THANK YOU!”