What better way of bringing staff and the people we support together, than by forming our very own choir.
It’s been recently documented that as well as being immense fun and a fantastic way to meet people, singing in groups can help people living with a mental illness to feel valued and increase their confidence and self-esteem.
To motivate staff and give them a taste of what being in a choir can be like, the amazing ‘Cardiff Rock Choir’, kindly made a special appearance at Exchange House and staff were soon foot-tapping to classics such as ‘don’t stop believing’ and ‘don’t leave me this way’.
‘Cor Pobl’ is the idea of Hazel Warburton, a member of the Rock Choir and Team Manager in our Care & Support Division. Hazel told us :
“I’ve been singing since I was a 7 year old girl in the local church choir. I joined the Rock Choir in 2017, and since then my confidence has rocketed. I firmly believe I would never have gained my promotion to Manager if I had not become involved.
Lots of staff and over 20 people supported by Pobl are keen to get involved – we can’t wait to get started at our first session proper session this week, which has been arranged to coincide with National Mental Health Awareness week”
In order to help raise funds to support the choir, several local businesses kindly donated presents to be raffled, including Gwent Dragons, Tiny Rebel Brewery and the Potters public house, raising over £60.
Pobl are passionate about creating an environment where staff are comfortable about talking about issues such as mental health and last year we signed up to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge.
Article added: 15th May 2018