A new community choir, The WholeNotes, started in January 2018 for those with social anxiety, a learning disability and autism. This is a day time choir that anyone from the age of 18+ can attend with their carer or independently if they are able to. It is a not for profit organisation set up and run by Alison Wrigley to enable more people in Surrey who may be socially isolated to come along and make friends, develop interpersonal skills and feel a sense of achievement and joy in singing. Please contact Alison for more information at wholenoteschoir@gmail.com.

In the last 18 months, Wholenotes have performed and taken part in many events, including:

  • February 2018 – Had a recording of the choir singing played on BBC Surrey Radio
  • June 2018 – Singing workshop for facilitators of choirs, volunteers and members of choirs for those with a learning disability – led by Alex Hague (ex- member of APOLLO 5) attended by the Mayor of Guildford
  • July 2018 – Singing as part of NHS 70 choir day in GLive in Guildford 

Alison Wrigley BEM – Musical Director and Founder of Wholenotes Choir


Registered charity in England & Wales (210031) and Scotland (SC039947)

I CAN are experts in speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). This is the most common childhood condition people have never heard of: 1.4million children and young people in the UK have a language disorder they will not grow out of.  Meanwhile, as many as 50% of children in some areas of deprivation start school without the language they need for learning.  The implications are enormous, with SLCN negatively impacting on their socio-emotional development, educational attainment, their mental health, and life chances.  But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Timely assessment and targeted action by all involved, including the child, can ensure children progress with their communication skills.

Imagine being a child who cannot tell their parents when they are hungry, scared, in pain or simply want a hug or to play; or a young person grappling with the challenges of growing up and yet cannot express their fears and hopes. Both struggle to understand when others talk to them.

“81% of children with emotional and behavioural disorders have significant language deficits, often unidentified”.

Hollo A, Wehby J.H, Oliver R.M. (2014) Unidentified Language Deficits in Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: A Meta-Analysis. Exceptional Children 80(2): 169-186

I CAN solely helps children and young people with SLCN aged 0 to 19 find their voice. We do so via our advice line for parents and practitioners; evidence-based programmes for educational settings; by running two specialist schools, and by raising awareness of the issue, so it is better understood and addressed.

For further information and to support their work, please visit  www.ican.org.uk