Exciting start to the New Year!

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We’ve had a fantastic start of the New Year here at CCiS Caring for me; we’ve been selected to take part in the Co-op Token Scheme!

This means every time you shop in the Co-op, you can help our project grow by putting your green token in the ‘Caring for Me’ token box!

We will be appearing in four different Co-op stores between the 15th January until the 12th March, you can find our collection boxes in the stores below:

·      Wickham Market

·      Woodbridge Supermarket

·      Old Barrack Road

·      Hasketon Road

The more tokens which we gain in our boxes means a larger share of £1000 for us to put back into the community helping those in need in Suffolk. Please help us grow by putting your token in our box.



Is singing the best medicine?

Karen & Corinne can be seen here with some of the group.

Karen & Corinne can be seen here with some of the group.

Last Thursday, myself (Corinne) and Karen Hare were warmly invited into the rehearsals of the ladies choir Upbeat! at Grundisburgh Primary School, who were practicing for their upcoming Christmas Concerts.

We were treated to the delights of being able to see behind the scenes of how the choir practice their songs, hearing a range of songs practiced solely by the Alto parts, then the Sopranos, then finally all together which was magical.

Sopranos singing their parts

Sopranos singing their parts

On the day of our visit there must have been around 40 ladies there, enjoying the singing and antics of the leader of the choir Carol McConnell. The choir is open to anyone of any experience and it is not a necessity that you're able to read music, it was very easy to see that all the members of the choir thoroughly enjoy it!

Choir Leader, Carol McConnell

Choir Leader, Carol McConnell

The group provide support to local charities by donating proceeds from their different concerts and performances throughout the year and are incredibly proud to do so. We went along on Thursday to personally say thank you to them for their recent donation of £1000 which we are extremely grateful for. This isn't the only support which Upbeat! have donated to us, as they have supported our work over the past few years.

We are looking to start a charity choir and wanted to get first hand experience by seeing one in action and chat to the members to find out what they enjoy about it.

Why not let us know what you think?