Civitas makes donation to the Choir with No Name

Civitas Social Housing PLC is delighted to be able to help Inside Housing’s Christmas appeal with a donation to support the Choir with No Name.

The Choir with No Name is a charity that runs choirs for homeless and marginalised people. It currently has four choirs: two in London and one each in Birmingham and Liverpool.

The charity will have a ‘Big Christmas Singalong’ event in Brighton on 15 December, where all four choirs will come together and perform. The aim of the Inside Housing appeal is to raise the funds needed to cover the venue, travel and accommodation costs for the event.

Michael Wrobel, chairman of Civitas Social Housing, said:

‘Civitas is very pleased to be able to support the Inside Housing Christmas appeal and through this the excellent work of the Choir with No Name – helping to build the confidence and skills of those who take part.

‘We look forward to the opportunity to work with the Choir with No Name in the future.’

Marie Benton, CEO of the Choir with No Name, said:

‘We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Civitas Social Housing as part of the Inside Housing Christmas appeal.

‘Our Christmas gig is by far the highlight of our year, with choir members and audience alike singing their hearts out and feeling part of something very special, at what can be a tough time of year for our members.

‘We are extremely grateful to Civitas for helping us bring all four of our choirs together at the Brighton Dome, and we can guarantee that we’ll fill it to the rafters with festive cheer and give our members a truly unforgettable experience!’

Emma Maier, editor-in-chief of Inside Housing, said:

‘We are absolutely delighted that Civitas is supporting our Christmas appeal with such a generous gift. The charity does some really amazing work and we are keen to encourage landlords to make a donation – every penny will help the choir and their members to achieve even more.’



Notes for editors:

  • The ‘Big Christmas Singalong’ takes place from 7.30pm on Friday 15 December in the Brighton Dome in Brighton
  • Tickets and more information
  • Proceeds from the event will support the Choir with No Name as well as local homeless charities, Brighton Housing Trust and The Clock Tower Sanctuary

About the Choir with No Name

The Choir with No Name (CWNN) runs choirs for people who have experienced homelessness and other marginalisation. Our aim is to enable our members to make friends, build their confidence and skills and find or re-find their place in the world. Whether they have been homeless, have a mental health problem or are otherwise struggling, we give them a safe, positive and supportive environment in which to sing away their worries, have fun and flourish as individuals.

Our first choir – in North London – was founded in 2008 by Marie Benton, a professional musician and at the time also a senior project worker at homeless accommodation provider St Mungo’s. That first choir became a huge success and since then we have established three more choirs: one in Birmingham, one in Liverpool and another in London, with plans to launch a new choir in Brighton in 2018.

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About Civitas

Civitas Social Housing PLC is the first real estate investment trust dedicated to investing exclusively into existing portfolios of built regulated social homes in England and Wales. The Company achieved admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the London Stock Exchange in November 2016, raising £350 million in an oversubscribed IPO since when the Company has announced a number of investments.

Civitas works in partnership with housing associations and local authorities (together “Registered Providers”) together with other housing professionals to help them unlock capital held in existing social homes for new development and to promote the delivery of new social homes. Civitas does not develop or manage social homes directly but works in close collaboration with Registered Providers and others who provide these services.

Civitas’ investment activity supports housing owners and providers with the provision of permanent capital to facilitate their objective of delivering more social homes and offers investors the potential for sensible, risk adjusted real returns with regular dividend distributions.


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Stuart Macdonald, director, See Media 07788474260


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