Singing And Support

The Steve Morgan Foundation is supporting a new choir in Wrexham which brings together people who have suffered from homelessness or have found themselves on the margins of society.

The Wrexham One Love Choir harnesses the uplifting and therapeutic power of song to help people develop confidence and self-esteem, fulfilment and purpose.

Weekly rehearsals are held at Trinity Church in Wrexham on Wednesdays, and the Steve Morgan Foundation has now awarded a three-year grant of £28,446 to fund the appointment of a Choir Manager.

“Wrexham One Love Choir is already making a visible difference to its members and to the wider community,” said the group’s Sarah Roberts. 

“Every week we see how singing together has helped our members find new purpose and inspiration.  

“This valuable support from the Steve Morgan Foundation will help us to recruit a new choir manager, and provide the backing the choir needs to continue sing out for recovery.”

The choir, which is hosted by rehabilitation and recovery charity CAIS, was developed by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas following the success of the first Wrexham Singing Streets festival in 2016.  

He brought members of Gateway Church and charity leaders in Wrexham together with The Choir With No Name initiative, which already runs similar choirs in major cities like London, Liverpool – also funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation – Birmingham and Brighton.

It says 76% of people report improved mental health as a result of singing with one of its choirs, while 79% said attending practices had helped them take up volunteering roles, find employment or secure housing.  

Members like 45-year-old Mark Magee say the singing group had become “like a family” for many of its members.

“I like the company and how all the people mix, and it’s good that they can come here and join in,” he said. 

“It’s gives people something and saves them being on the street.”

“The choir helps to keep everyone going and help to keep them focussed,” added another member, 47-year-old Lliona Jones.  “I love it!  I know that there are people at the choir I can go to.”

Jane Harris, Director of Regional Funding with the Steve Morgan Foundation, says trustees were delighted to be able to support this new initiative.

She said: “The aim of Wrexham One Love Choir is to use shared music and singing to bring people together, build their skills and confidence and provide support to help them re-establish themselves in their communities.

“Members are able to enjoy a regular commitment in perhaps otherwise chaotic lifestyles and the singing is uplifting and fun.

“It brings a sense of belonging, encourages supportive friendships, punctuality, teamwork, anger management and essential social skills.”

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