Our choir members are people who have experienced homelessness, or who have found themselves on the edges of society 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 friends.
We also have a wider aim to reduce the stigma faced by our members in wider society.
This is how we're doing:
- In 2016 we reached a cumulative audience of over 15,000 people through our gigs, reducing stigma by showcasing the wildly positive things our members can achieve!
- Last year over 968 vulnerable adults have benefited from our services.
What our members say
"It has been a place where I have grown and, despite ups and downs, I have been accepted for who I am. I am grateful for the opportunites and some of the lovely times and gigs we've done.” Deanna, Birmingham choir
"Simply, it's a wonderful place to meet new people and gain confidence. Not only does it lift your soul to sing, but you can get help and advice. I was able to get onto a pre-employment course and get housing advice." Ronnie, North London choir
“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 choir
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, South London choir
"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 choir
"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 choir
"I am currently recovering from agoraphobia and am constantly trying to push my comfort barriers in terms of distance from home. Going to the choir has helped with that. I also lost a lot of self confidence and feel that returning through the choir." Diana, North London choir
"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, South London choir
"The choir enabled me to switch off once a week. That was like a godsend. You start again on a Tuesday morning, the morning after the rehearsals, and you feel like you can go again." Adel, former member of the North London choir
"This is a really welcoming group. Everyone is able to feel worthy to participate and sing our hearts out." Sara, Liverpool choir
If you want to help us continue our work offering hope and harmony to those affected by homelessness, you can make a donation HERE