Making music accessible for everyone in the community
Power in the Community
- Over £150K raised since 2017
- Delivered 160 projects
- Providing FREE singing workshops benefitting over 15,000 vulnerable children and adults
We are proud to share that since our charity began in 2017 we have collectively raised sufficient funds in excess of over £150K and delivered 160 projects providing FREE singing workshops benefitting over 15,000 vulnerable children and adults enabling schools, nurseries, disabled groups, disadvantaged groups, care homes and people from all areas of our community to get singing! – now that’s ‘Power in the Community’.
We now offer FREE online music resources so we can reach vulnerable groups in every community, wherever you are.
The BIG Sing SOUL, which stands for ‘Singing, Outreach, Unity and Love’, is an extension of The BIG Sing vision and enables us to generate funding for vulnerable groups with financial freedom.
We want to capture what’s been created by The BIG Sing and take it to those who can’t get to a community choir, giving everyone an opportunity to sing motivating songs when they may not have considered it before and to enjoy the therapeutic qualities singing has.
Love – inspire people bringing them joy through music by sharing the love and passion for singing
What's happening this month
- 12 amazing hampers to win
- Tickets £1.00 each or £5.00 for 6
- Draw 21 Dec
FREE CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
- FREE 30-minute YouTube videos of wonderful familiar songs people will love, from ‘Singing in the rain’, We’ll Meet Again’, along with festive cheer ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and of course ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ plus many more.
SAVE ON SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS
- SAVE ON PAPER AND STAMPS join our choir members who have opted to donate to our charity instead of sending Christmas Cards-we will use the funds to send online resources and choirs into care homes to bring them some festive cheer
What we do
pre-schools and nurseries
Other projects including:
Stroke Groups, Hospitals, Learning, sensory and
physical disabilities groups, Homeless Groups & Daytime Choirs
Our current face to face groups are suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Find out how you can benefit from our FREE online resources.
Our Online Resources
Despite a significant reduction in income as a result of all face to face opportunities for fundraising being suspended, we’ve been able to adapt our services quickly and continue to serve not only those areas where we have a BIG Sing choir but reach all counties in the UK with our online music resources creating sustainability and continued support to vulnerable adults and children.
Flexible to use when you want, where you want, individually, in groups, face to face or virtually it’s a product to keep year after year
Throughout the pandemic we have provided FREE Online School Resources to over 700 schools across the UK and abroad.
We have 8 songs all taught via YouTube video for teachers to use in classroom to meet COVID restrictions. Featuring Makaton, body percussion and actions, the videos have full teaching of each song. With full lesson plans the teacher can pause and rewind and keep their students singing. Aimed at Primary School children and can be adapted to suit each Year group. Includes links to send home for remote learning or extra practice. Flexible to use when you want, where you want, across the whole school in group size of your choice and a product to keep year after year.
The resources are totally FREE as they are funded by a Culture Recovery Grant from The Arts Council England. Click FIND OUT MORE and apply.
Each week we visit schools across the UK to give them free singing tuition through our new Charity The BIG Sing SOUL.
Dida Burrell, head teacher at Maldon Primary, said: “Children have been dragged out of their shell into the limelight and loved every minute. The smiles on their faces at the concert lit up the room and left the adults glassy eyed with pride.”
Tollesbury head teacher, Kate Garrett added: “It has been a brilliant ten weeks. The children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and their self-confidence has grown so much. The passion and enthusiasm that the teacher brought to the lessons each week was so lovely to witness.”
We’ve been singing with children for ten years as our leader Gemma Francis explains ‘We started singing with kids after we identified the need to get our children singing uplifting music. “If you look at the pop music industry it is getting darker and darker. Lyrics are becoming more sexualised, materialistic and about greed. I felt compelled to find songs that kids should be singing. We want to capture what we have created and take it to those who can’t come to us, giving more people in our community an opportunity to sing motivating songs when they may not have considered it before.”
We are looking for schools to jump on board with our NEW project taking uplifting and positive music to children – getting them singing and feeling good and giving them a great performance opportunity!
Babies and toddlers age 0-4 years
Home Start Essex Testimonial:
“Thank you so much for helping us with this project, our families really enjoyed all the instrument packs and who knows, maybe we have some future popstars in the making.”
The BIG Sing Christmas Concerts for Seniors, Care Homes, Hospitals, those living with Dementia and other Vulnerable adult groups in the UK
You will love these FREE resources to play to bring some Christmas joy at your fingertips!
FREE 30-minute YouTube videos of wonderful familiar songs people will love, from ‘Singing in the rain’, We’ll Meet Again’, along with festive cheer ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Away in a Manger’ and of course ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ plus many more.
The BIG Sing Sing-Along for Seniors and those living with Dementia
new big sing soul daytime choirs IN ESSEX
FREE SINGING FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY
Do you love SINGING? Does music make you HAPPY? Do you want to meet new people and make new friends?
Come and join The BIG Sing as we are opening our BRAND new daytime choirs in HALSTEAD and GREAT DUNMOW
They are choirs with a difference! A great opportunity to learn new songs, connect with members of your community and have some time for YOU!
No fees, no auditions and tickets are FREE but please pre-book so we know you are coming.
Halstead’s BIG Sing SOUL Daytime Choir
Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Halstead, CO9 2BY
Tuesday mornings for 11 weeks!
10 til 12 noon
January 11, 18, 25,
February 8, 15, 22,
March 8, 15, 22, 29,
Great Dunmow’s BIG Sing SOUL Daytime Choir
The Maltings, 11 Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1BG
Wednesday afternoons for 8 weeks!
12:30 til 2:30pm
February 9, 16, 23,
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BIG SING DIRECTORS GEMMA AND HOWARD FRANCIS
Open to everyone but you may relate to one of these…
- Do you work shifts and can’t get to an evening choir?
- Maybe you have a disability and find evening transport tricky or fear the dark and need daytime activities?
- Are you a parent who cannot leave your children at night but can spare a few hours in the day to be YOU not mum or dad! Bring the children with you – they are welcome and we have space for babies and tots with musical instruments so they can join in too!
- Are you retired and looking for things to do during the day that will keep you connected in the community and create new friendships
- Whatever your reason our daytime choirs welcome everyone in the community age 16+
Week 2 SOUL Choir-check out how they got on!
Listen to what our BIG Singers say about the benefits of joining our choirs
Are you a parent who needs some ME time? Our daytime choirs welcome you with or without the kids.
Are you retired, or just got time on your hands?
Do you have health problems or disabilities which make evening choirs a challenge or d’you just hate going out in the dark?
Do you work shifts, or work from home and need a break from your desk?
COVID GUIDELINES BIG SING SOUL DAYTIME CHOIRS
We are working hard to make sure that rehearsal is a safe environment for us to sing so please make sure you help us by following these guidelines:
- Please book online – even though rehearsals are FREE it enables us to manage capacity and provide a method of checking people in for safety reasons and a register for future communications.
- Lyrics – we can’t give out paper right now as it’s another unnecessary contact that we can eliminate to reduce the spread. So please download your lyrics to your devices or print off at home. If you need help with this just email Sandra@bigsingsoul.org.uk.
- Please make sure you are sitting 1m apart when singing inside. We will make sure the chairs are set up correctly – but we need to still social distance when singing inside.
- Please do not come to rehearsals if you are not feeling well or have signs of COVID – we kindly ask that you stay at home until you have tested negative.
- If you are tested positive for COVID then please let us know straight away so we can evaluate the risk to any choir members.
- Please continue to sanitise your hands on arrival to rehearsals.
- Please continue to respect that we all feel differently about personal touch and how close we stand to one another right now. Do what is right for you. Masks are completely optional. If at any time you feel uncomfortable please let Sandra know immediately.
- We will be providing instruments for any children who wish to join in. These will be wiped clean after each session.
Updated October 2021
How to get involved
We largely rely on the support from individual donors, trusts, foundations and corporate sponsorship. Read more below about how you can help give the therapeutic benefits of singing to a vulnerable adult or child.
Would you like to raise funds for our charity by holding an event or doing an activity? Whether it’s a sponsored walk, marathon, cake sale or a daring Skydive talk to us about how we can support your event with sponsorship forms and promoting it.
- Cake Sale was a BIG success
Congratulations and a MASSIVE well done to Kathy Scannell our Witham choir member for raising £236.50 (and still rising!) at her home Bake Sale yesterday. Plus £137 from the sale of Christmas items, cards, teddies, raffles and games. Thank you to Kathy and all the Witham team
Other ways to get involved
Every time you shop on Amazon you can donate to our charity. Simply click on the link below and select Imagine the Day Limited as your chosen charity as they manage the administration of our charity The BIG Sing SOUL and agree to give any donations from AmazonSmile to support our cause. It’s free to register and you just spend what you would have done, so no extra cost to you, but a donation to us!
Did you know you can raise money for our charity simply by joining Give as You Live, it’s free to register and you just spend what you would have done, so no extra cost to you, but a donation to us! Whether it’s high street retailers, booking a trip away or insurance, you can raise money for The BIG Sing SOUL with every online purchase you make and it’s completely FREE!
Music benefits everyone, as early as babies in their mother’s womb to those living with dementia.
If you’d like to donate by post, simply send a cheque made payable to The BIG Sing SOUL, to 6 Highlands Drive, Maldon, Essex CM9 6HX.
SPREAD THE WORD
We want to reach more beneficiaries. One of the easiest ways to help us is to promote what we do in your community. So if you know a nursery, school or a community group supporting vulnerable adults or children tell them about our cause and encourage them to get in touch.
Want to know more? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 07713-326851.
WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
Do you have fundraising experience? Worked in a charity? Got some spare time? Please get in touch and see how you can help our charity. We are always looking for a more diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge.
Try your luck in the weekly lottery just £1 PER TICKET
60% of the proceeds go to causes so if you choose The BIG Sing SOUL as your charity we receive 50p for every ticket purchased and 10p goes to other causes in Essex. The remaining 40p goes to the prize fund.
There’s a £25,000 grand prize JACKPOT and it could be yours by matching all 6 numbers
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Thank you to each and every volunteer for their contribution, here are some highlights:
If you have an idea of how we could raise funds or if you would like to volunteer please get in touch
A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to our Essex community – over £2,600 raised at our Summer Festival
BIG Sing held their first ever outdoor festival on Sunday, August 1 and what a great comeback for the community of Essex.
Over 780 exhibitors and visitors came and entertained the crowds.
Big Sing director Gemma Francis said: “What an amazing day. We’ve been dreaming of this event and planning our day of freedom all through lockdown.
“Finally we got to sing and be together. “It’s been overwhelming but we are so happy to be back and the event has been just what we had imagined – a great day out for all the family.”
Pride of Essex Awards
2018 – Witham Fundraising Team
The BIG Sing SOUL is a project of the charity Imagine the Day who along with the BIG Sing have Christian values.
They have a board of trustees dedicated to ensuring the charity is regulated in line with the charity commission.
Imagine the Day Limited: Registered Limited Company in England and Wales 04942225
Registered Head Office: The Rock, International Drive, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4WA
Registered Charity: 1100673