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Heartsong: supported by The Adnams Community Trust

By Phoebe Robson, also posted in News on

The Adnams Community Trust provides small grants to help charities and worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold.

One of the charities we supported in 2018 was Music in our Bones. Music in our Bones was set up in 2007 and offers singing workshops to community groups. They believe that everyone should have the chance to sing and that singing helps to promote acceptance and combat loneliness. As part of the Adnams Community Trust’s donations in 2018, Music in our Bones received a grant of £1,650 to pay for ten monthly singing sessions for the Heartsong singing group in Carlton Colville.

The grant also helped support their outreach singing sessions with the Forget-me-not dementia support group. Heartsong is a well-being singing project for family carers and their partners or friends with mental or physical health issues. Tracy Sharp from Music in our Bones explains “These groups offer people managing tough times, acceptance, fun, and a musically nourishing time together. Singing lift spirits, relaxes the body and increases self-esteem as new songs and harmonies are learnt."

“Your grant sustained this joyful singing community for the year enabling us time to secure another fifteen months of funding from the Henry Smith County Fund. An average of fifteen family carers and people managing bereavement as well as isolation and loneliness due to mental health or physical conditions such as MS have all spoken of the life-line the group has been for them. Six singing volunteers from the group also loved sharing songs locally with people living with dementia. Thank you.”

What is the Adnams Community Trust?

The Adnams Community Trust was established in 1990 and awards modest grants to good causes within 25 miles of Southwold. It is funded through mandated dividends, donations, legacies and 1% of Adnams annual profits as well as fund-raising activities. Since its creation, it has donated well over one-million pounds to benefit local communities and the environment. You can find out more about The Adnams Community Trust here.