20,000 Voices seek help to win community award

A NEWBIGGIN-based charity is looking for help to win a national community award.

20,000 Voices is a charity that promotes, supports and develops participation in singing, providing opportunities for singers of all ages and abilities across the county.

The charity has been put forward for a £6,000 NatWest CommunityForce award, as part of a new initiative by the bank to support the people, projects and charities making a difference in local communities.

Sheila Taylor from 20,000 Voices said: “This award would help us to bring more people into singing, and to offer exciting new events and opportunities for existing singers.

“20,000 Voices passionately believes that everyone can sing, and deserves a chance to try, and we give them that chance by running projects, setting up choirs, training vocal leaders and running education programmes.

“During the past 14 years we have set up and supported 20 new choirs, and during the next two years we plan to create another five groups which will be firmly rooted in communities – both rural and urban.

“Singing brings people together; it provides social cohesion and friendship, and it then becomes a regular part of community life – rehearsing, running event, performing in concerts. Singing changes lives.”

The group now needs people to get voting for them to win the £6,000 award.

Sheila added: “If we won, we would spend the £6,000 developing new opportunities for people to sing. It will help us to support groups of new singers, and also to offer exciting projects for them to improve their skills, and it will provide staff time to visit projects - both to encourage participants, but also to talk to them to find out what they need next.”

To vote for 20,000 voices visit http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/2113 and click the Vote for Us button.

You will be asked to register providing your name, e-mail and a password. Once you have received your confirmation e-mail just click on the link to confirm your registration, and log in.

Re-click the link and then cast your vote. The three projects with the most votes in each CommunityForce area will win the awards.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, October 23.