Monday, June 21st, 2021

Change the world, one voice at a time.

 

Loneliness and isolation is the global epidemic of our time and more and more people are being left behind. Statistics before the Covid crisis showed that 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard, with 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental illness. Isolation leads to serious mental and physical health issues and great economic disadvantage.

With your support we can change this! Creativity Australia’s award-winning With One Voice program connects communities and helps save and change lives. The With One Voice model is ground-breaking; it brings the fortunate and the marginalised together as ONE community to reduce inequality.

We use the neuro-scientific benefits of group singing to build supportive communities, reaching tens of thousands of people through more than 30 programs around the nation. Swinburne University research showed 98% of participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed.

At a time when we needed music to lift our spirits most, many of our choir programs were forced to suspend in-person rehearsals due to COVID-19 concerns. This left us with a big challenge on our hands. Our members were faced with further isolation as they were forced to stay indoors. For some, weekly choir rehearsals are their ONLY other human interaction and we don’t want to risk them losing that as we navigate our way to a ‘Covid-normal’. These life-changing programs provide a safe haven and sense of family to those who have neither.

We built Creativity Australia and our With One Voice choir programs with creativity, innovation and collaboration in mind. Our passionate team and local committees across Australia have been working around the clock to find solutions to keep With One Voice choirs running, members feeling connected and our specialist conductors and wonderful team members in jobs.

However, to continue this work, we really need your generosity and financial support at this time. Your donations will be MATCHED by one of our biggest donors, so you can DOUBLE your impact and know your donation will save and change more lives.

Please can you give generously and help us keep the lights on through these challenging times?

DONATE NOW! www.creativityaustralia.org.au/donate
 

Read our full program evaluation from Swinburne University at:

www.creativityaustralia.org.au/research/program-evaluation/
 

Feedback from a recent survey saw current members claiming “If it wasn’t for the choir, I wouldn’t be
alive today.” and also explain that joining the choir has made them feel “empowered, happy and alive.” 
View our inspiring member stories. 

About Creativity Australia

Loneliness, and the depression which accompanies it, is the global epidemic of our era. Statistics show that 2 in 5 people feel socially isolated and unheard. This isolation leads to serious mental and physical health issues and great economic disadvantage. Creativity Australia (www.creativityaustralia.org.au) is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation through the life-changing With One Voice program. We bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. We build supportive networks that help people connect to brighter futures. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time. Creativity Australia is a charity founded in 2008 by award-winning social entrepreneur and soprano Tania de Jong AM. Tania de Jong’s TED talk 'How Singing Together Changes The Brain', has been viewed over 110,000 times. With One Voice programs are now being replicated around Australia and the world through our unique social franchise model.

With One Voice

Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program operates in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, SA, WA, Tasmania and Queensland. The inclusive community choirs unite hundreds of people aged 9 to 90, from all faiths and all walks of life: migrants, people with disabilities, job seekers, executives, seniors, students, refugees, asylum seekers and more.
View member stories.

Why we sing

With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly, followed by supper. View choir locations. Through the Wish List, participants grant one another wishes big and small: such as free music lessons, language and computer tuition, assistance with resumes, mentors and finding jobs. The choirs help people connect to whatever they need in life: friends, mentors, wellbeing, self-esteem, networks, skills and employment. Over 3000 wishes have been granted so far! Please be inspired by a short 3-minute video. Neuroscience proves singing makes people happier, healthier, smarter and more creative and increases neuroplasticity. Music and singing have no barriers of language, background or politics. Unlike sport, music is non-competitive – the participants are working together to create something greater than themselves as individuals – and the results are transformative. The choirs transcend borders every week, and in public through regular performances. When we come together to create harmony, participants feel they are together, not different. There is no more us and them, only us. Through uniting more and more communities in song nationwide, Creativity Australia aims to create positive outcomes for people experiencing mental illness, loneliness, social isolation, disability, disadvantage, unemployment and homelessness.

Our impact

Swinburne University research showed 98% of With One Voice choir participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed. View research. Creativity Australia won the 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation and been named in the Anthill Smart 100 Innovations for the
past 5 years.

Donations and Partnerships

It costs just $10 a week, or $500 a year, to support a person in need to attend a With One Voice choir. We would love to partner with you to increase diverse participation in this transformational work. Our work is all about community wellbeing, alleviating disadvantage and inclusiveness. With enough support we can continue to create transformational outcomes for disadvantaged participants and develop our strategy to reach more people and communities in need throughout Australia.

With One Voice Social Franchise

Creativity Australia is passionate about nurturing communities across Australia and beyond to sing together in the spirit of joy, wellbeing and inspiration. We are therefore delighted to offer a suite of With One Voice “how to” guide videos, resources and mentoring for individuals, groups and communities looking to start new, inclusive With One Voice choirs using our innovative social franchise model. Our goal is to have 40 programs operating nationwide by 2022. We have also commenced a Conductor Development Program and have developed a With One Voice Start-up Fund to provide small grants to enable community leaders from around Australia to commence programs and replicate our model.

Our social impact goal

Creativity Australia’s social impact goal is to help break down the traditional silos of the social welfare sector, building cohesive communities that include and support one another, rather than relying on ‘top-down’ services. Thus, we mobilise and multiply community change-makers far beyond the capacity of our organisation: diverse people who will pay it forward and help address the deep issues that impact our society. Your support is critical to the future of the With One Voice program. Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.


For further information, please contact:

Nathan Lange, Business & Operations Manager | [email protected] I 03 8679 6088, 0435 722 622

Catherine Copley, Marketing & Communications Coordinator | [email protected]

03 8679 6088, 0421 920 346

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