Funding, How do we pay to keep SYHO going ?

There is no mainstream funding  for SYHO. We have to find the money ourselves to keep going, Each of the four SYHO committees has to find enough money to pay for their group , so fundraising is a major activity for all of us.

We are very grateful to the organisations who generously give us funding. Without this funding we would cease to exist. Many people with mental well being issues, who regularly attend our sessions, have benefited enormously as a result of these grants.

 If you would like to sponsor us, make a donation, put on a benefit for us, or help us in any way to bring in the money we need each year, please contact us.

Our Funders

We would especially like to say many thanks

for the pragmatic assistance received

from the staff of the splendid

Norfolk Community Foundation. (NCF)

How we started

Starting in  Hellesdon Hospital in 2004 was originally made possible  by accessing a couple of small funds within the Norfolk & Waveney NHS mental health trust. Next we won the Lilly Award which enabled us to move into the community at the Phoenix Centre in Mile Cross.

A large grant from The Goldsmith's Mental Health Fund though the  Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF), enabled us to start our new groups in Kings Lynn and then Attleborough. In 2013 a Seed Fund grant from Equal Lives plus a grant from the Fuller Endowment Fund, again through NCF paid for starting the Great Yarmouth Group.

All our groups have donations boxes at their sessions. We are very grateful for all the amounts, large and small, that our singers put in each week.

Thank you.

SYHO Norwich

This link takes you to the Norwich funders page which gives details of funding between 2014 and 2019.

SYHO South, Attleborough

This branch has received funding from NCF, The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk County Council and Freebridge Community Housing.


The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, have funded us over three years.

We received some money from a Big Heart & Soul Concert 
and from  carol singing with Simply Sing

Contributions were also received from Palms (a local charity) and  The Sandringham Estate.

SYHO West, King's Lynn


Since we started in 2010 we have received grants from Norfolk Community Foundation, Saffron Housing Trust, Wymondham Learning Initiative, Attleborough Charities, Wymondham Lions and Breckland Council. In 2014 we’ve added Norfolk County Council’s Healthy Communities Project to the list.

We have had donations from the Hearts and Voices Choir who have put on two concerts for us, Wymondham Methodist Church ‘In-betweens’ group, the Village Singers, Brother Pit band and three anonymous donors.

In 2013 The Theatre Royal kindly allowed us to do a whole week’s charity bucket collection which raised a substantial sum which benefited all three SYHO groups, and this year we’ve benefited from the green tokens scheme at Waitrose, Wymondham.

In addition we raise money directly from events such as coffee mornings, bring and buy stalls, quiz nights and a local market charity stall.

We are very grateful to all who support us.


Sing Your Heart Out East, Great Yarmouth

We  received a generous sum  from Health East Healthy Communities Fund  in September 2013 and have since received a grant from NCF.

We are very grateful to Kay who arranged  a ceilidh for our benefit.


In December 2104 we were awarded a large grant from the Big Lottery, Awards for all. We are very grateful for this, and also to Simon O'Leary from Voluntary Norfolk who helped us through the process. In 2017 Simon has helped us to get another large lottery grant. Many thanks to all concerned.

SYHO North Sheringham


SYHO-North was launched in September 2017 and is one of five Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) groups in Norfolk.  Based at the Lighthouse Centre in Sheringham, SYHO-North provides Monday afternoon singing workshops led by experienced professional voice-coaches.  Sessions run throughout the year on a drop-in basis.  People travel to the group from across North Norfolk, from Fakenham to The Broads, from Norwich to Cromer and everywhere in-between!  45-50 people attend each session, ranging in age from under 30 to over 60.  Regular membership is increasing and new members are welcomed and supported as needed.  Members frequently say that they enjoy the singing and the happy atmosphere.

In addition to regular sessions in Sheringham, SYHO-N takes part in outreach events throughout the year.


SYHO groups receive no annual funding from Local Authority or government; all costs have to be met from grants, fundraising activities and donations.  This year, funding for the group has come from 3 main sources: a grant from North Norfolk District Council Art & Culture Fund; a generous anonymous benefactor who recognised how SYHO supports well being; and members’ generosity through weekly donations and fundraising.

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