The Big Sing

Our Charity

Making music accessible for everyone in the community

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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.

Our aim

To provide uplifting, inspirational and motivational singing workshops to be accessible to vulnerable groups of children and adults to bring them the joy of singing together.

Our vision

To reach out to every area of the community where The BIG Sing currently are with our charity

Our Mission

SOUL stands for:
Singing – improve the health and wellbeing of others by singing positive and uplifting songs making people feel happier, relieve suffering and reduce depression.
Outreach – to take music and singing opportunities to those that cannot attend a Community choir by providing singing tutors to teach, inspire and value everyone regardless of age, race, culture, religion, financial constraint, disadvantage or vulnerability.
Unity – bring communities together as one to achieve social inclusion.

Love – inspire people bringing them joy through music by sharing the love and passion for singing

What we do

Workshops

The charity will take our experienced tutors into schools, nurseries, hospitals, and any groups supporting those with disabilities and learning needs, as well as other vulnerable groups to teach them positive, uplifting songs to help those who need our music the most.
In 4 years we have delivered the following face to face projects:
70

schools 

47

pre-schools and nurseries

39

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

Never has there been a more critical time to stay connected and reach out to those in the community to use music to support mental health and wellbeing.

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

725
schools
48
pre-schools / nurseries / vulnerable families
50

Senior Groups

Throughout the pandemic we have provided 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 The Arts Council England. Check out the girls in this college singing our original song “Better Tomorrow”

TESTIMONIALS

Babies and toddlers age 0-4 years

Our baby/toddler choirs ‘The TINY Sing’ which have been running for the past 6 years have shown us that by getting children to sing at an early age they are encouraged to express themselves and feel more confident before they start school.
We have a FREE programme of music resources to underpin Early Years Foundation Stage for all UK groups nurseries/pre-schools and groups supporting vulnerable families like Home-Start, Barnardos, Action for children and other Community support groups
8 x 30 minute videos led by expert tutors with fun jazzed up nursery rhymes, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and This Little Light of Mine, modern pop tunes and our own funky self-penned songs plus warm ups and bubble songs the children will love which encourage rolling, tapping, clapping and moving to the beat with suggested instruments to shake, rattle and wave.

Home Start

Our online resources are great for face to face groups or using in virtual sessions (e.g. Zoom) to connect with vulnerable families that cannot attend face to face groups, so they too can stay connected and avoid isolation.
Following a trial with Home-Start Essex these resources are now available to all groups throughout the UK supporting children and vulnerable families.

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 Sing-Along for Seniors and those living with Dementia

Music improves health and wellbeing as it aids memory recall, encourages participation and brings joy. Introducing our Sing-Along video led by our expert tutor to bring you some upbeat music to connect with your seniors and your dedicated teams of carers.
A FREE 30-minute YouTube video of wonderful familiar songs your residents will love, from ‘We’ll Meet Again’, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, ‘Jail House Rock’ to The Supremes ‘Baby Love’ plus many more. You can join in with the BIG Sing tutor or sit back, relax and enjoy the singing.

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 8 weeks!

10 til 12 noon
October 12, 19, 26,
November 9, 16, 23, 30,
December 1

Great Dunmow’s BIG Sing SOUL Daytime Choir

Maltings, 11 Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1BG
Wednesday afternoons for 8 weeks!

1-3pm
October 13, 20, 27,
November 10, 17, 24,
December 1, 15

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+

Our FIRST 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If you are tested positive for COVID then please let us know straight away so we can evaluate the risk to any choir members.
  6. Please continue to sanitise your hands on arrival to rehearsals.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 

FUNDRAISE
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.

OCTOBER
- Cake Sale was a BIG success

THIS MONTH
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


AMAZONSMILE
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!

GIVEASYOULIVE
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!

DONATE
Music benefits everyone, as early as babies in their mother’s womb to those living with dementia.
Our work in the community is reliant on the generosity of supporters like you.
Every penny given counts towards making our music accessible and FREE to vulnerable adults and children in your community,
If you are able to make a donation, simply click on the button below.

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: sandra@bigsingsoul.org.uk 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.

ESSEX LOTTERY
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

BOOKING A TRIP/HOLIDAY
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STAYCATION OFFER
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Any BIG Sing bookings result in 5% donation to SOUL from the proprietors.

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to our volunteers – over £100,000 raised
We are indebted to our AMAZING BIG Sing choir members who volunteer to help us raise funds. Without their time, kindness, creativity, talents and generosity they make it possible for our charity to exist to take our music to those that cannot come to us, and in doing so there is POWER IN COMMUNITY.


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.”

 

We would like to thank and acknowledge these organisations who have supported us:
AWARDS
The Rotary Club of Ipswich Awards
Recognition of good works in the community 2019

Pride of Essex Awards

Highly Commended
2018
Braintree District Volunteer Awards
Winner Volunteer Group
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