Sing Out Loud & Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions “Partnership Project”


Weekly “Sing for Health” Group

What we do: Sing Out Loud groups are friendly, helpful, welcoming and fun.  They give you the chance to sing in a group, with other people, and to make new friends.  At the Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions group, a Sing Out Loud tutor will lead you in singing some well-known songs, pop songs, action songs and you’ll learn new songs, too. 

When: Weekly on Wednesdays (for dates please ask Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions or via our Contact Us page).  Autumn Term starts on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Time: Arrive from 12.45 pm for a 1.00 pm start – until 3.00 pm

Where: Marisco Hall, Marisco Close, Chadwell St Mary, Essex, RM16 4JP

Why: Singing is good for your health and it helps you feel good inside.  You’ll meet new people and make friends.  Occasionally, we’ll all go out together, to perform some of the songs we’ve been learning.  We’ll show our friends and family, how well we sing.  We may also join up with Sing Out Loud groups, from other parts of Essex, to perform our songs with them, or for them, too.

How Much: For further details, please contact Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, OR, use our Contact Us page, and we will forward your enquiry.

First PerformanceWe had a wonderful first performance event, on Friday 21st June 2019, we performed a few of our favourite songs to family, friends and staff, gathered for the occasion of the Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The next one will probably be around Christmas time.

More About Sing Out Loud CIC

Karen Hughes set up Sing Out Loud as a community singing group in Chelmsford, in November 2008 , opening another group in Colchester (this group is currently ‘retired’), during November 2014.  Says Karen:

“We are a group for unsure and beginner singers – men and women of any age (20s to 80s+), and any singing ability.  At Sing Out Loud we do not audition and you don’t need to be able to read music as we learn new and familiar songs by ear”.

“Our ethos is to offer friendly, welcoming, relaxed, inclusive, encouraging, and fun sessions.  We enable singers to develop in confidence and find their own voice in their own time.  A side effect of Sing Out Loud, is the Community in Action you will discover.  People help each other, and many singers make lasting friendships with other members.”

“Sing Out Loud Community Interest Company was formed in February 2019, to maximise on what we do best.  We have always been a Social Venture at heart.  Making this official, by formally becoming a Community Interest Company allows us to not only continue the good work with our current groups, but to also extend into Partnership Projects with other organisations holding similar views to our own, such as Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC.”

Locality Based ‘Day Opportunities’ (TLS)

More About Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC 

As a social enterprise Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions recognises that trading for profit is not a bad thing and their assets, are locked to the community. They hold their social mission central to what they do.

Their formal articles of association list their objectives as aiming to remove barriers “using the social model of disability approach and to help disabled people to become integral and active members of the communities in which they live”. This is key to all the services they provide. 

They have a long history of collaborative working and started really small in 2007 with some interested Disabled people and some forward thinking staff, meeting in an old Scout Hut in Chadwell-St-Mary. This progressed through winning a DOH pathfinder award, gaining social enterprise fund investment, winning a ‘spin out’ contract to take over all the disability provider services from the Council, to recently being listed as the number one SE100 index measured social enterprise in the Eastern region.

They now own 4 residential properties, a Camper van, lease 8 vehicles, an office and 5 locality buildings – supporting over 250 disabled people aged 16 – 78 to live the lives of their choice through over 80 support staff providing over 3000 hours per week.

In simple words, what Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC do, is to give back choice and control over the activities they enjoy, to the people they serve: their community of 250 local disabled people.

Further Information and Booking 

For further information or to book a place on this ten week singing group, please use our Contact Us page.  We will forward your email to Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions.  Alternatively, if you, or your family member, are an existing customer of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, please contact them, direct.