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Impact 25 Award 2016

Our Founder and Chair Tania de Jong AM has been voted as one of the not-for-profit and social sector’s most impactful individuals of 2016.

The members of Impact 25 spend their days advocating for the issues of the day, working with the disadvantaged and silenced groups, finding ways to improve efficiency, inspiring others and even leading the country. The winners this year are a fantastic group of individuals you can see all the winners here.

Tania’s hard work with Creativity Australia and the wider Australian community is inspiring , and we are delighted to see she has been recognised as an Impact 25 2016 winner.
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Start your own With One Voice Choir

 

We have 10k grants available to help you establish a With One Voice choir in your local community, submit an Expression of Interest outlining who you are, your community and the need. Round 6 is officially open so get your applications in before Friday June 1, 2018

https://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/apply/

By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level.

Grants available to start your own choir

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Would you like to make a MASSIVE difference in your community to change lives?

 

Creativity Australia welcomes all communities from across Australia to apply for seed funding to create a With One Voice community choir and be part of the solution to building stronger communities and reducing loneliness, isolation and disadvantage in their community.

Did you know?

  • 8 in 10 Australians think our society is becoming lonelier, while 6 in 10 say they often feel lonely (Lifeline 2016).
  • 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).
  • Mental health impacts ~27% of Australians.
  • Real unemployment and underemployment continues to increase (~26% over the past 11 years) and approximately 1 million Australian households (nearly 3 million people) experience financial stress.
  • Approximately 640,000 Australians (~5%) experience multiple and complex disadvantage leading to increasing levels of social exclusion.

The With One Voice program has been proven to enhance wellbeing, create greater social inclusion and increased community support with 98% of participants experiencing less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% less depressed. Furthermore, 79%  of participants have learned new things and gained new skills for work and life, and 60% have gained increased understanding & appreciation of diversity.  The program has also been named in Anthill’s SMART 100 social innovations in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Deadline is Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Find more information and apply for a grant.
Download the media release.

With One BIG Voice Sing for Good Finale

Melbourne Sings

Join Creativity Australia‘s inclusive With One Voice choirs for an unforgettable evening ofjoy, inspiration, and community!

7.00 Tuesday 29th November, Scots Church Assembly Hall

SING-ALONG

CELEBRATE

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Entry by donation.  Register at Eventbrite 

Ashburton – Live in Concert!

With One Voice Ashburton invites you to an evening of songs and supper.

 

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Change a life today!

Yes, the end of the financial year is near, and at Creativity Australia, we are turning lives around.

Loneliness is the global epidemic of our times. More than 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard. This leads to mental and physical health issues and economic disadvantage.

You can change this by donating to our life-changing With One Voice program this financial year.

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Altona Meadows Primary School and With One Voice Altona Meadows Singing Together in Harmony

 

Last week Benetas St George’s hosted An Afternoon of Dean Martin, a collaboration of students from Altona Meadows Primary School and the members of With One Voice Altona Meadows.

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Conducted by With One Voice lead conductor Kym Dillon, the With One Voice Altona Meadows group includes residents of Benetas St George’s Aged Care Facility as well as friends, family and community members. Over several weeks the students of Altona Meadows Primary, lead by Gregory Hall, visited the facility to rehearse with the choir. The students incorporated their musical instrument skills into the songs, and the two groups learned to sing in harmony.

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Age proved no boundary, as the two groups delivered a stellar performance to a jubilant crowd at Benetas St George’s on Wednesday.

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Click below to see some footage of the event:

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Many thanks to Altona Meadows Primary School, and Benetas for hosting. We look forward to more songs and laughter from Altona Meadows!

All are welcome, join With One Voice today.

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With One Voice Geelong at Wesley Uniting Church

Creativity Australia is thrilled to announce the new permanent venue for With One Voice Geelong;

The Wesley Uniting Church

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As of Monday 16th May 2016, With One Voice Geelong will be held at:

Wesley Uniting Church,

100 Yarra St, Geelong

 

               

All are welcome to join, with no need to book ahead or audtion, every

Monday evening from 5:30pm.

Join us in song, in Geelong!

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With One Voice Melbourne Has a New Home!

With One Voice Melbourne Has a New Home as of May 10th: The Assembly Hall of The Scots’ Church, Melbourne.

 

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We are delighted to announce that as of Tuesday 10th MayWith One Voice Melbourne will have a new location.

The Assembly of The Scots’ Church Melbourne is located on the corner of Collins and Russell Sts, in the Melbourne CBD.

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With One Voice Melbourne meets on Tuesdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm.

With One Voice Melbourne was the first With One Voice choir, having started in 2009.
We have a diverse range of members from every corner of the globe who love to come together and sing their hearts out each week.
Speaking English is not even a requirement! After rehearsal we all get together and have a chat and laugh over supper.
We are always on the hunt for new participants – So please come along and try it out!

No singing experience necessary, everyone is welcome. Join Now!

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Learn to Sign and Sing!

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We are very pleased to announce WOV Footscray will be holding a Learn to Sign and Sing workshop on Thursday 03 March 2016.

 

Join WOV Footscray’s musical director Jane York and Auslan teacher Medina Sumovic in this two hour fun filled workshop to broaden your musical horizons.
Both beginner singers and signers welcome, no experience necessary.

 

WHEN:  Thursday 03 March 2016,  5.45pm for a 6.00pm start – 8.00pm

WHERE:  African Australian Community Centre, 30a Pickett Street, Footscray

COST:  Free  –  Supper by gold coin donation.

 

This workshop has been made possible with support from Seddon Community Bank Branch

 

Please feel free to share this event with colleagues, friends and family!

 

Details available on our  Facebook page 

Kicking off 2016 With One Voice

The With One Voice choir season has officially begun!

Was your New Year’s resolution to get involved in your local community? Was it to express yourself more or to give yourself a chance to sing again? Perhaps it was to make new friends, or reach out to those in need?

Our doors are open and we welcome you to join us at your local With One Voice choir!

Head to our Join A Choir page for all the necessary info.

We started the year off on a great note, with members from around Victoria singing together in the Melbourne CBD for Australia Day. Click below to watch With One Voice participating in the 2016 Australia Day Parade.

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Video of With One Voice in the Australia Day Parade, 2016 Melbourne

See you at choir!

Celebrating Sing for Good 2015

You sang, you spread the word and raised your voice for people experiencing depression,anxiety, loneliness, disadvantage, unemployment or homelessness.

Together, through the magic of Sing for Good, more than $70,000 was raised for Creativity Australia’s  life changing With One Voice program.

Relive the magic of Sing for Good 2015 by watching the highlight video below.

Or (If you are feeling inspired) Register your interest for the 2016 campaign here.

You can also see the full list of 2015 Sing for Good winners here.

 

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