Military Wives Choirs
With more than 70 choirs in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings women in the military community closer together through singing.
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The Military Wives Choirs is an independent charity and subsidiary of SSAFA run by, for and with women in the military community. As part of the SSAFA family, they work side by side with us and support our mission to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can often be tough to put down roots or make new friends, which can leave women feeling isolated, particularly when loved ones are away for long periods of time.
Research shows that singing in a choir alleviates stress and contributes to an improvement in isolation, anxiety and depression. The Military Wives Choirs therefore have a vital role to play by bringing women in the military community together to sing, share and support one another.
- There are over 2,200 women with a military connection in the 75 Military Wives Choirs network
- The choirs are based across the UK and in British military bases abroad, including Cyprus, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the Falkland Islands
- Choirs are tri-service and they are not just open to wives of serving personnel - anyone with a military connection can join, including those currently serving, veterans, mothers, sisters and daughters
Every new posting for women in the military community is as daunting as it is exciting, but knowing that you have a choir to go to in your new location where you know the songs and even some of the people can be a real lifeline. That’s why, whilst each local choir has its own identity, all are run in a very similar way with shared music, a fun and friendly ethos and lots of ‘cross-network’ projects and activities to bring women together and allow ladies to feel comfortable in a new environment.
For more information on the Military Wives Choirs including how to book a choir, how to join the MWC network or where to see a choir in action, visit the charity's website.
The Military Wives Choirs Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1148302) & Scotland (SC045217). A company limited by guarantee. Registered company in England and Wales (08089745) and a subsidiary of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
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