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Reading choir sing to inspire thanks to Thames Valley Housing


Published by Jenny Sandford for Thames Valley Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

A Reading-based choir for people with learning disabilities and their carers, sang up a storm, thanks to funding from Thames Valley Housing (TVH).

TVH donated £1686 from its Community Chest fund to Reading Mencap Community Choir for People with Learning Disabilities and their Carers, for their annual concert, which took place on Saturday at St William of York Catholic Church in Reading. 

Kate Stonehouse, Family Advisor at Reading Mencap said, “We are so grateful for this funding.  It meant we were able to hire a professional choir mistress and she was able use professional musicians.   

“This is our fiftieth year supporting people with learning disabilities and their carers in Reading and we wanted the evening to be really special.

“People with learning disabilities and their carers can experience isolation, especially if they are on low incomes.    The choir gives them an opportunity to meet people, build friendships and develop a sense of self-worth and confidence from being involved. 

 “Thanks to TVH the evening was everything we wanted it to be.  One couple, who have a really challenging life, chose to sing ‘What a Wonderful World’ and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.  Everyone was so inspired.   It was brilliant.”

 Tessa Bird, Community Involvement Officer at Thames Valley Housing, said, “I am delighted we’ve been able to support this fantastic project.   It combines so much that is positive for the participants, positive for the audience and positive for the wider community.”  



For more information about Community Chest or Thames Valley Housing, please contact either Jenny Sandford, Communications Officer, on 020 8607 0879 or email her at  


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Picture above shows Choir members’ Evie (left) and Kasia (right), singing ‘Perfect Day’ as a duet.


Notes to Editor


1) The Concert took place on Saturday 16th March


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