In order to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 we are sharing some stories from our singers in regard to how being a member of the choir has a positive impact on their health.

Here is Rosie’s Story:

“I’d been meaning to join a choir for a long time but hadn’t found the right headspace to search for one. Whilst going through a particularly low period I had an appointment with my GP and mentioned that I was keen to find a choir. She told me about VPS and I went along for a taster rehearsal and haven’t looked back.

It’s had a massive effect on my mental health – working collaboratively with a group of lovely people each week towards an end goal of a concert each term makes such a difference.

I truly believe that singing is good for the soul, and while I’m not sure I’d have the confidence to perform on my own, VPS – a community choir with people of all ages and musical backgrounds (there’s no judgement if you can’t read music) – gives me the boost I need in such a supportive way.

Everyone was so welcoming, and I’ve made some great friends during my time in the choir. Even if I’ve had a stressful week, coming to rehearsal and singing together each Wednesday buoys me up no end.

I’d heartily recommend VPS to anyone who’s struggling and wants to boost their confidence and mood. Here’s to another five years, and beyond.”