Loneliness, and the depression which accompanies it, is the global epidemic of our era. Creativity Australia (www.creativityaustralia.org.au) is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation. 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’s With One Voice inclusive community choirs unite over 700 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.
The With One Voice program is a powerful way to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life as we age. Neuroscience proves singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative. Belonging to a choir is a wonderful way to address isolation, boredom, anxiety, depression and even dementia.
The inclusive With One Voice choir programs break down the stereotypes around older people by creating stronger connections and supportive networks between people from all generations and walks of life. This promotes healthy community engagement and interaction and improves general wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.
With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly for 75 minutes. There are a number of programs around Victoria and Australia, and you can also start your own With One Voice program using Creativity Australia’s social franchise model and mentoring program in residential care facilities and other locations. A professional conductor leads the group through warm ups and songs. Many participants enjoy revisiting songs from their youth. During each rehearsal, we offer members the chance to make and grant wishes for each other through the innovative Wish List program. Afterwards, supper is shared, which is a valuable time for members to connect.
Swinburne University research showed 98% of With One Voice participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed. The program has also been named in Anthill’s SMART 100 social innovations in 2015, 2014 and 2013.