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Charities 2019 - 2020

Songbirds love to bring music to the community and while they do this any monies raised are donated to Charity. Each year all members of Songbirds Choir are invited to nominate a Charity for the choir to support; votes are counted at our AGM to determine our Charities to support over the coming year.

Last year we supported Crawley Open House and  Carers Support West Sussex. We were very pleased to be able to donate just over £1000 to each charity.

This year the members voted for: Crawley Open House and Olive Tree

Crawley Open House

Crawley Open House provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion. Our support is available to anyone in need and aims to provide:

  • Hostel for homeless clients,
  • Day Centre offering a safe and welcoming place to access support, hot food and a listening ear.
  • Help and guidance with achieving financial well-being.
  • Support to achieve better physical and mental health.
  • Guidance on how to find and maintain secure and sustainable accommodation

2018 – The Year of the Building Project!

Crawley Open House has recently purchased what was the Indian takeaway opposite the hostel at Number 11 Stephenson Way. During 2018 they will be completely renovating it and creating a new reception area to deal with donations and to welcome those accessing the Local Assistance Network (formerly Crisis Loans). Behind this will be an area for life skills programmes and brand-new employability projects, starting with bike maintenance and furniture restoration. They estimate this will cost £300,000 and Songbirds are proud to be able to support this fantastic project.

Songbirds hope to contribute significantly towards this wonderful Charity.


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The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is an independent charity which provides support services to local people affected by cancer.  Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a difficult, stressful and emotional time for both the patient and those around them. We are here to helpyou from the point of diagnosis, through your treatment and beyond; for as long as you need us. You are not on your own. Come to the Olive Tree where you can meet and speak with people who understand and can help.

Our ever-increasing range of services currently includes:

Complementary Therapies – Acupuncture, Massage, Aromatherapy, the Bowen Technique, Reflexology, PranicHealing, Cranio Sacral Therapy and Kinesiology.

Emotional Support – Counselling, Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Therapeutic Art, EFT (Emotional Freedom Tapping) and a number of support groups

Wellbeing Programme – Mindfulness, the Olive Tree Trailblazers running group, WalkFit, the Pink Ribbon exercise progamme for breast cancer patients, Singing group, Yoga, benefits advice and frequent workshops on specific topics of interest.  

To find out more about the Olive Tree and how we can support you please visit our website:  You can keep up to date with news of our services, workshops and events by following us on Facebook: @OliveTreeCancerSupportCentre