Sing Inside aims to connect volunteers drawn from student populations and local communities with prison communities across the country.
Our model works outwards from the Central Committee, who establish new connections with student groups and other local participants, such as community choirs. We then work to create local Committees to administrate on a local level, established in Cambridge and currently registering in Oxford and London. These committees are often registered as societies with universities, allowing them to engage enthusiastic students and fundraise independently for their specific area. The Central Committee take a supportive overseeing role, continuing to seek further connections whilst providing training and guidance on delivering our workshops to a high standard across the country.
If you would like to donate to Sing Inside and aid its development, please get in touch with Maisie on firstname.lastname@example.org. She would be happy to discuss new opportunities and projects as well as financial support.
Sing Inside has origins within Cambridge Music Education and Outreach (CaMEO). In December 2013, a group of Cambridge choral scholars visited HMP Bedford to sing a carol service. The event was a great success, and sparked a desire to collaborate with the residents. The first collaborative workshop took place in HMP Bedford in March 2013. We began as the ‘Cambridge Community Choir’, until the funding from CaMEO sadly became unsustainable in 2014. A group of enthusiastic students then founded Sing Inside as a stand-alone Cambridge University society, and that original committee strengthened Sing Inside to allow it to expand into a wider not-for-profit organisation.
Since becoming financially independent, the student committee in Cambridge raised almost £10,000 for the society. Their work has included fundraising concerts and sponsored activities, including the 2016-17 Committee’s Three Peaks Challenge, annual fundraising concerts and hugely generous support from numerous donors. They also work in partnership with the Cambridge Institute of Criminology to assist with research projects such as the Learning Together project, and have built strong connections with six local prisons.