Supporting Our Local Community
Sound Waves' primary function is to get together and sing but we try to support our local community whilst doing so. We sing at various local fundraising events and raise money for charity by asking for donations at our free concerts. Each year, at our AGM we choose different charities to benefit from our efforts.
We have raised over £22,500 since the choir began in 2009.
For 2023-2024 we have chosen two local charities which come under the umbrella of The Education and Training Consortium, Sussex. This charity was formed in 2008 to meet the training and educational needs of people from marginalised communities.
Firstly, we hope to raise funds for the “Happiness-in-Mind” day centre which is based in Marlborough House in St Leonards-on-sea. The centre provides older people, including those with dementia, the chance to enjoy some new activities away from home. The Service offers support and a wide range of different things to do within a comfortable, safe environment. The specially trained staff and calm atmosphere means that visitors can relax and enjoy their time whilst giving a much needed break for their carers.
The second part of the ETC to receive our backing is The Pantry, a food bank which is based in Prospect Place, Hastings. In the current cost of living crisis, this charity offers vital support to local people who may be experiencing food poverty.
Charities that have benefited from our support in previous years:
2022-2023 Project Artworks
PA collaborates with people of all ages who have complex support needs, enabling a range of artistic experiences provided by local artists.
Amount raised: £1549
2021-2022 Little Gate Farm
Little Gate Supported Employment Services ensures that young adults with learning disabilities are given training and the groundwork to enable them to enter into paid employment.
Amount raised: £1905
2019-2020 Hastings Street Pastors
A vital part of town centre nightlife, providing food and hot drinks for the homeless and other assistance to foreign students and other vulnerable youngsters.
Amount raised: £1650
A safe space where young people, aged 16-24, can receive help and advice on a range of topics from non-judgemental staff.
Amount raised: £1700
A bereavement service for children
Amount raised: £1090
2016-17 Counselling Plus
Amount raised: £1600
2015-16 Snowflake Night Shelter and
Amount raised: £2188
2014-2015 St Michael's Hospice and
Amount raised: £1889
2013-14 Sara Lee Trust and The Talking Trust
Amount raised: £1578
2012-13 Fellowship of Saint Nicholas, Xtrax and
The Oliver Curd Trust
Amount raised: £1075
2011-12 The Music Well, Surviving Christmas,
Care for the Carers and Seaview
Amount raised: £3878
2010-2011 Salvation Army, Macmillan, Perennial and Peachy
Amount raised: £1807
2009-2010 United Reform Church, St Mary RC Church, Seaview, J Smith's Wishlist, St Michael's Hospice
Amount raised: £614