Community Integrated Care partners with Singa karaoke
People supported by Community Integrated Care, one of the UK’s biggest and most successful social care charities, have been full of song throughout lockdown, thanks to a unique partnership with Singa karaoke.
The care sector has experienced unprecedented challenges this year, under the Covid-19 pandemic. For many people who access care and support, the virus has restricted them pursuing their favorite hobbies and activities. On a mission to make sure that the pandemic does not halt full and active lives, Community Integrated Care and Singa have partnered to provide free karaoke software to hundreds of care services across the country.
Singa is singing software that gives users access to over 800,000 karaoke songs on any mobile, web browser or smart TV. Completely modernising the karaoke experience, Singa operates just like a streaming service, allowing the people the charity supports to request songs, create playlists and sing along to their favourite tracks, all on their mobile device. It has provided a significant boost to the charity’s at-home activity provision.
To kick off the partnership, Singa hosted a Zoom karaoke party for people supported by Community Integrated Care across England and Scotland. Hosted from Singa’s head office in Finland by Juha Heikkinen, a professional entertainer, the international karaoke party saw more than 100 people with care and support needs connect to sing their favourite songs together. At a time of rising local and national restrictions, the party provided a much-needed boost to many.
John Hughes, Director of Partnership and Communities at Community Integrated Care says, “The Coronavirus pandemic has hit people who access care and support very hard. The restrictions that we face mean that many have had to cope with big changes in their lives and been unable to pursue the things they love the most. We are determined to find creative ways to ensure that people continue to lead fulfilled lives, even in these most difficult of times.
The donation of these licences by Singa has been incredible. Music and singing is one of the greatest joys for many of the people we support. By providing us with such an exceptional system, they have ensured that our services have enjoyed brilliant entertainment and great times together.”
Steve Dalton, Singa UK Country Manager adds, “We are pleased to make a small difference to the care industry through this difficult phase. Singing is incredibly good for people’s wellbeing and we were proud to see hundreds of guests enjoying Singa as their chosen form of entertainment, completely free of charge. To see the reaction from people supported by Community Integrated Care has been amazing and we’re proud to be supporting the charity.”