By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director
For 20 years IMPACT has offered disability services to the Bundaberg community, and we are thrilled to see the return of our Community Choir after it was put on hold due to COVID restrictions.
On March 17 we will hold our first choir group since February last year.
It’s sad to think it’s been 12 months since we’ve heard the joy of our choir, but to know it’s coming back better than ever warms my heart.
This year marks the 10th year of operation for the IMPACT Choir and our staff and participants could not be more eager to hit the stage once again.
Our Choir members are people with a disability or psychosocial barrier, support workers, volunteers and IMPACT staff who meet each Wednesday to rehearse and learn new songs.
Other community organisations are also welcome to attend and bring their clients along.
Previously members from Community Lifestyle Support, Endeavour, Carinbundi and YMCA have regularly been involved in rehearsals and performances to provide further social interaction for participants.
The Choir is supported by support staff who bring their own music accompaniment, expertise and love of music to assist each week.
Research has found singing reduces stress, improves breathing and posture, and provides cognitive stimulation to help memory function.
While our choir members have formerly excelled in more traditional genres, this new chapter is looking to introduce modern hits from artists we all know and love.
The choir used to perform on alternate Wednesdays at venues such as aged care facilities, community groups and events, which we hope to begin again soon.
The smiles and delight our choir bring are such a pleasure for everyone involved.
If you haven’t treated yourself to an IMPACT choir performance yet, I urge you to keep your eyes peeled for the next public announcement; you’re sure to be overcome with a happiness only our choir can foster.
If you love to sing and would like to join in, or if you would like to volunteer your expertise, get in touch by phoning 4153 4233.