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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.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It has been such an incredible year for Creativity Australia, and we are extremely excited to co-create with you in 2017! Our With One Voicechoirs recommence the first week of February so why not register HERE and start the new year with a song in your heart?

The choir year is about to wrap up and last week we got to celebrate at our big end of year sing! The With One BIG Voice Sing for Good Finale was an absolute blast! Former Premier Ted Baillieu and Dr. Karl from ‘Neighbours’ (Alan Fletcher) announced all the fantastic Sing for Good winners.  Check out the 2016 winners at our website!

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We are so excited to share that Creativity Australia was presented with a cheque from the Bank of Melbourne as a part of their Neighbourhood Fund. This fund supports local charities and programs that deliver sustainable benefits to Victorian communities. It is the start of something very exciting! With this grant, we will be able to create a concert series at Scots Church in Melbourne 4 times in 2017 welcoming our choirs, citizens, and workers of Melbourne and surrounds and new participants to our programs.

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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

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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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That’s Amore!

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 

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