Round three of the With One Voice Start Up fund is now open

Loneliness is the modern-day epidemic that is slowly killing us. Research has found that Lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and people experiencing social isolation have an average of 29% increased mortality (Holt-Lunstad, 2010 & 2015). Furthermore, 8 in 10 Australians think our society is becoming lonelier, while 6 in 10 say they often feel lonely (Lifeline 2016).

“It’s not hard to be part of the solution to the loneliness epidemic,” says Creativity Australia Founder, Tania de Jong AM, “it’s just about finding ways to bring the community together to support one another.”

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program does just that. It empowers individuals to strengthen their community by uniting everyone, of all ages, faiths and walks of life, through their common love of singing. The With One Voice program includes migrants, people with disabilities, job seekers, executives, seniors, students, refugees, asylum seekers and more. It is an opportunity to create real connections between diverse people in our community. It is about reaching out to those who are experiencing disadvantage and encouraging the socially advantaged in our community to engage with, learn from and help these people.  View member stories.

Round three of the With One Voice Start Up fund is now open to local community groups, not-for-profits and businesses to tackle loneliness, isolation and disadvantage in their community. Successful applicants join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir and a $10k seed grant.

Founder & CEO of Centre for Hope, Geraldine Moran, the first successful applicant from Round One, says “With One Voice perfectly encapsulates the unity we want to create for our community. Mentoring is such a powerful tool, and through the With One Voice mentoring program we are learning quickly, safely and in a supported manner.”

For more information and to apply for a place in the With One Voice Start Up project, visit www.creativityaustralia.org.au/start.

 

Download media release.

Conductor Development Program – Singing for Inclusion

Anthony-Conducting

APPLY FOR $2500 SCHOLARSHIP

More than 60% of people in our communities have felt lonely and disconnected at some time. For people experiencing disadvantage, this number is even higher. The financial, social and individual costs to our communities are growing every day, but solutions that are genuinely inclusive and accessible are limited.

Singing for Inclusion is a training course designed in partnership with Creativity Australia and Community Music Victoria to support community choirs and the With One Voice social inclusion program leaders to make a difference.

“In a world that is increasingly disconnected, community singing is an incredible way to connect people, create opportunities and improve wellbeing” says Creativity Australia founder Tania de Jong AM.

“Unfortunately, true inclusivity is hard to achieve, even for the most well-meaning and committed singing leader” says Community Music Victoria Chair Jane Coker.

Social inclusion singing groups require leaders that combine the skills of social worker, community development, teacher and conductor. This is a rare combination of skills that very few people possess.

The Sing for Inclusion training course will provide critical skills for musical leaders already working in this space, and develop new leaders so more communities can benefit from the inclusive power of singing.

To make the training accessible to community singing leaders, who are often volunteers or run programs in their spare time, 25 scholarships are being awarded. This has been made possible through the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation and The RE Ross Trust.

Leaders can apply here or at  Community Music Victoria (www.cmvic.org.au)

Download Application Form here.

 

Welcome to 2017!

January is almost over, and 2017 is well on its way to being a fantastic year for the With One Voice choirs. It isn’t long now till choir rehearsals start up again, so make sure you note down the below dates, so you don’t miss out!

Altona Meadows – Wed 1st Feb (St George’s Benetas)

Ashburton – Wed 1st Feb

Brisbane – Wed 1st Feb

Geelong – Mon 6th Feb

Greater Dandenong – Wed 1st Feb

Melbourne – Tues 7th Feb

St Kilda – Mon 6th Feb

Sydney – Tues 7th Feb

Wantirna – Tues 10th Jan (Royal Freemasons Eastern)

To kick start the year the choirs located around Melbourne have been invited to participate in the Australia Day Parade.
The choirs had so much fun last year, and it’s such a fantastic way to open the choir year. If you don’t have anything planned for Australia Day the parade begins at 11:00 tomorrow.  So get a group of friends or head into the CBD with your family and support all the wonderful groups that will be featured in this year’s parade.

20160126_101553

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWS

* indicates required

UPCOMING EVENTS
CHOIR UPDATES
Glenferrie Festival Performance

The With One Voice choirs have been invited to perform at the Glenferrie Festival in Hawthorne on Sunday 5th of… [Read]

Bye For Now

The choir season is over for 2016 🙁 But we have so much install for 2017. Start the journey to… [Read]

Royal Freemasons (Wantirna) Sing for Good Entry

Hey everyone check out the Royal Freemasons (Wantirna) Sing for Good entry. Following on from last year’s smash hit entry ‘Black Socks’,… [Read]

Choir news archive »

    Follow us on Twitter »