We are a group of people who sing for the joy of singing. Our mission is to bring comfort and hope to stroke survivors, their carers and families and other patients in major hospitals and rehabilitation centres in Melbourne.
We range in age from 11 - 82 years, come from several nationalities and our singers include stroke survivors, carers, nurses, teachers, business managers, therapists and students. Most importantly we have all become close friends and feel deeply fulfilled with what we are able to achieve for others at a time of great need.
We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:15 pm at the Boroondara Community Stroke Hub, 533 High Street, Kew, following which we have a delicious supper, provided to us by the local cafes and bakeries. We volunteer our time and voices to perform monthly on Saturday afternoons and give each hospital and rehabilitation centre, four visits per year, culminating in carols at Christmas.
We currently perform at St Vincent’s Hospital in Fitzroy, St George’s Hospital in Kew, Box Hill Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Talbot, Peter James and Caulfield Rehabilitation Centres.
We encourage all the patients, their carers, families and staff to sing along with us, as it is a proven fact that singing reduces stress and stimulates neural pathways. It is a known benefit for people who have difficulty speaking, as they, in many cases are able to sing, despite their disability.