Carers with a song in their hearts

The 'Carefree Chorus'
The 'Carefree Chorus'
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For many of us, there’s nothing better than a good sing - even if it is to ourselves in the shower or the car.

However a community choir is offering a great opportunity for unpaid carers from across Fife to come together and sing once a week.

The Carefree Chorus is a choir made up of unpaid carers and members are looking forward to welcoming some new voices into their group.

Established as part of a support network by the Fife Carers Centre last April in the run-up to National Carers Week, the choir has become a huge part of many of the members’ lives.

But the group, which meets in the EU Congregational Church in Pathhead Court, off Commercial Street in Kirkcaldy at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, is keen to grow in numbers.

Kerry Parsons, a carer support worker with Fife Carers Centre, set up the choir with her colleague Lesley Childs.

She said: “We were thinking of new things to do during carers’ week.

‘‘General support groups are often difficult to get people to go to, so we wanted to do something that was fun.

“The Military Wives were big at the time, so we thought why not put our own choir together.

“It’s a mixed choir and everyone is caring for someone who is ill or disabled, some for family members and others for neighbours.

‘‘The carers that do come along just love it. There’s no commitment for people to come every week, they can come when they want or can manage.

“We understand carers’ circumstances are always changing and we’re happy to see people whenever they can make it - the choir is here every week.

“The people that come every week can’t imagine their whole week without it.

‘‘We didn’t think it would have this impact on people.”

For more information call Kerry on (01592) 642999.

It’s clear from speaking to members that the choir has many benefits for them, including friendship, a break from caring for a couple of hours of week and most importantly the opportunity to have some fun and let their hair down.

Christine Latto said: “I saw it advertised in the library in Burntisland and thought ‘that’s for me’. I came along on the first Thursday I could.

“It’s the best two hours of my week.

“I’d say to anyone caring to come along and sing and feel great about yourself.”