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Six schools, one choir and over four hundred voices come together to relay one message in a community song.

The Just Be You campaign has involved seven schools and a popular local choir, in recording separately and then collectively a community single.

Shirley Novak joined Matt & Vicky on the Radio Newark breakfast show today, Wednesday 19th November, to introduce the single for the very first time.

Just Be You is a song about being ourselves and the importance of this for good mental health.

With a strong message, the song has been used by the schools to talk through issues including grieving, making friends, being patient and coping with change. By using the simple message of ‘it’s ok to be ourselves’, each school has also used Just Be You to address body image, emotions, playground bullying, being individual and much more. 

Each of the schools involved have relayed how much they have enjoyed taking part and the difference this project has made in everyday life at the school.

Participating schools included Newark Academy, Forest View Academy, Barnby Road Academy, Barrowby Church of England primary, Mount Church of England Primary, St Peters Cross Keys Church of England Primary, and the Major Oak Pop Choir.

Hear the single now: 

You can see the Shaw Foundation choir perform at the Newark Christmas light switch on this Sunday 24th November in Newark market place.



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