An Aberdeen homeless charity’s choir is launching a fundraising campaign to help keep the group running.
Aberdeen Cyrenians runs the weekly group where service users, staff and volunteers come together to express themselves through music.
The appeal has been launched in a bid to safeguard the future of the choir, which is held at the charity’s head office in Summer Street on Thursday nights during the street alternatives meal service.
Jenna Ingram, Aberdeen Cyrenians volunteer co-ordinator, said: “The Music Group has shown us that community singing has tremendous physical and mental health benefits, and also helps to break down social barriers.
“It has been a wonderful way to bring everyone together. In between workshops it is still talked about constantly, and we even catch service users and volunteers singing together in the dining room and the stairwells.
“Unfortunately funding for the Music Group is due to run out very soon and we don’t want to have to stop running what has proved to be such a popular and well loved workshop. We’ve decided to launch our Keep Singing fundraising appeal so we can continue to offer the Music Group to our service users.”
The project, which first ran in February, has been facilitated University of Aberdeen graduate Grace Dale. Grace studied music in the community and started the project after being inspired by The Choir With No Name in London.
She said: “I believe music can create positive changes for vulnerable homeless individuals.
“It has been an honour working with Aberdeen Cyrenians to develop this project. We provide a safe, friendly environment for service users to find joy and fun in group singing.
“Service users, staff and volunteers all come together to express themselves through music without judgment. It is just amazing to see.”
Gregor Howitt, a Street Alternatives and Music Group volunteer, said: “We see service users rough sleeping or in significantly disadvantaged circumstances.
“The weekly Music Group offers a great escape from reality and the daily concerns and gives a chance for all of us to be equals singing side by side.”