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Starting in  Hellesdon Hospital in 2004 was originally made possible  by accessing a couple of small funds within the Norfolk & Waveney NHS mental health trust.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 year so far, the following organizations have given grants via the Norfolk Community Foundation:

  • The Sport Relief Fund
  • The John Jarrold Trust
  • The Brief Community Fund
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
  • The Bishop of Norwich Community Fund

We also received donations from the following:

  • Norfolk Bowling Club
  • Brundall Craft Fair 
  • Teabags from the Co-op for our refreshment breaks.

We are very grateful for all donations and support.

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

Details to follow soon

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