by Aoife Boland, December 2017
In 2016, the idea of establishing a choir came to me while delivering Recovery Education Modules as part of the AERIES Project in the Mid-West Region...
Having discovered that the acronym for the recovery principles of Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment was CHIME, I thought that it could also provide a great choir name and reason to come together. I discussed it with my colleagues and was encouraged from the outset by Niamh Wallace as we knew it would be something that we would develop in the future. When the Limerick Forum was established in June 2017, the effects of isolation due to mental illness became one of the themes that the participants wanted to focus on. We looked at ways of overcoming isolation and the idea of starting a choir came to fruition.
I have always loved and been involved in music and so I asked a very good friend of mine, Ciara Meade, if she would facilitate and lead our choir which she has done to date with such enthusiasm and fun. I want to take this opportunity to thank Ciara for all of her efforts. We created posters which you can see above and, with fidelity to co-production, we wanted this choir to be inclusive of all the people in the Mental Health Services, people using the service, people providing the services and people supporting those accessing services. We meet every Monday in St. Joseph’s in Limerick from 6.00pm to 7.00pm and foremost and fundamentally we have fun.
The choir was assisted by all the staff in St. Joseph’s through the Values in Action committee hosting a coffee morning in October and making CHIMERS the beneficiaries.
It is a privilege to be a part of this choir and witness the efforts of all who attend. We may not have a number one single this Christmas but we have something worth more we have Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment in our lives.
- Are you able to carry a tune?
- Would you like to become part of a choir?
- Are you involved in the HSE Mental Health Services?
- WELL THEN CHIMERS IS FOR YOU!!!
CHIMERS is a new community choir for all of us involved in the Mental Health Services. If you work in the service, use the service or support someone using the service your singing voice is needed.
- Where: Social Centre, St Joseph’s Hospital, Mulgrave Street, Limerick
- When: Every Monday, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
(Aoife Boland is Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement in CHO3 (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary))