Our choir members are people who have experienced homelessness, or who have found themselves marginalised for whatever reason.
We want our choirs to provide a safe space where people can express themselves, without being labelled or judged. We aim for our choirs to help our members build their confidence and skills, and make genuine, life long friendships, so that they are then in a better position to tackle the other challenges in their lives, and move away from homelessness long-term.
We also have an aim to reduce the stigma faced by our members in wider society.
This is how we're doing:
In 2017/18 :
- We reached a cumulative audience of over 17,000 people through our gigs, reducing stigma by showcasing the wildly positive things our members can achieve!
- A total of 861 vulnerable adults benefited from our services, either through attending rehearsals, participating in an outreach singing workshop or taking part in one of our community projects.
- 161 new members joined choir.
We're really proud of our achievements, and would love to share them with you. Click HERE to view our Impact Report 2018.
What our members say
"If my life was a ladder, when I joined choir I was on the bottom rung. Choir is a really happy space - I’ve made a lot of life-long friends. Coming to choir was the start of me climbing up that ladder and becoming the confident person I am today."
"When you’re homeless, so much of what you experience strips you of your dignity. The Choir with No Name gave me hope & optimism. It was my North Star in a constellation of helplessness. It gave me my dignity back." Ronnie, London
“People don’t realise that anybody can find themselves homeless for all sorts of reasons: I was lost and didn’t know how to find any direction. Quite simply, Choir with No Name has given me something to live for." Bill, Birmingham
I look forward to the choir every week and always leave with a warm glow inside. It is a great way to interact with new people and does a lot to boost self-confidence and relieve stress." Oliver, London
"The Choir has been a big part of my life over the last year now. I first started going to the choir whilst I was in a hostel and not in the best place mentally - I had a lot of issues going on with family and other things. The Choir has actually saved my life without them even knowing it, because they helped lift me out of a dark place with their joyful and non-judgmental attitude and amazing friendly atmosphere. They helped me take my mind off everything and have no worries one night a week." Gareth, Liverpool
"Since joining the choir I have gained the confidence to perform on stage. I have put a difficult past behind me and moved into full time employment. Joining the choir has been instrumental part of me rebuilding my life." Sven, Birmingham
"Music really does save people and through music the Choir with No Name also saves people. It provides joy, encouragement and unconditional love. Choir is a force for good in an often dark and lonely world.”
"I've always loved singing and always wanted to do more with my singing - I guess there's always been something there screaming to get out!" Lee, London
"The choir enabled me to switch off once a week. That was like a godsend. You start again the morning after the rehearsals, and you feel like you can go again." Adel, former choir member and now trustee
Read about our choir members in their own words - or why not come to a gig and see for yourself?
If you want to help us continue our work offering hope and harmony to those affected by homelessness, you can make a donation HERE