In partnership with Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Social Impact, and funding support by beyondblue and the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Creativity Australia has undertaken an evaluation of the With One Voice Program.
THE KEY BENEFITS AND OUTCOMES
This research showed participation in the program contributes to enhanced wellbeing and reduced stress, depression and anxiety.
It also creates strong networks that become a valuable resource in times of need, especially for those who don’t have strong family or community supports elsewhere in their lives.
- nine years
- 35+ programs
- 6,000+ participants
- 100s of volunteers
- 1,000+ inspiring performances
- 100s of work experience, skills, mentoring & employment opportunities
- 100s of connections to health and social services
- 3,000+ wishes granted (since 2013)
- national & international interest to commence new programs
- Development of the With One Voice Social Franchise model
- 98% of people saying it is a great way to de-stress
- 95% of people “always feeling better after choir”
- 84% say they have made new friends/relationships
- 81% of people experiencing improved wellbeing,
- 79% have learned new things
- 71% have improved community involvement
- 66% feel less depressed (30% neither agreed nor disagreed because not everyone who comes to the program is depressed)
- 60% have gained improved understanding of other cultures and people
- 52% say granting wishes & helping other people has enriched their life
THE NEXT STEPS
This research forms the baseline for a more in-depth study examining the relationship between building networks for individuals and how this reduces the costs of welfare, unemployment and mental health for governments. We are seeking partners for this work and potentially looking at completing the work through an ARC Linkage Grant. Please contact us in the office if you would like to partner in this research.
Click through below to read the findings about the impact of the With One Voice program for participants.
Read the Summary Report
Appendix A: Full Survey
Appendix B: Interview Schedule