WITH ONE VOICE
Sudbury Community House as the member of the Social Inclusion Mirrabooka (SIM) network was successful in obtaining seed funding to establish the With One Voice program in Mirrabooka aiming to welcome everyone to create a happier, healthier community.
Why a choir?
Neuroscience proves that singing connects the neural pathways in the brain differently and releases endorphins, making people happier, healthier, smarter and more creative. From this position, people are more capable of asking for, receiving and giving help. This is why we believe that singing open the doors to strengthen the community: improve wellbeing and change the world, one voice at a time!
Who can participate?
With One Voice Mirrabooka is an all-inclusive community choir. People from all faiths, cultures, ages, abilities, backgrounds and socio-economic situations are welcome to participate.
With One Voice Mirrabooka member of the national With One Voice movement
The With One Voice movement is about strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice. Empowered individuals and supportive communities are better placed to solve society's big challenges, including cross-cultural integration, unemployment, mental illness, skills shortages, loneliness and isolation, family fragmentation, homelessness and more.
The With One Voice movement is more than just singing with your local community choir. It's an opportunity to create real connections between the diverse people in the community. It's about building bridges between those who are experiencing disadvantage and those who are more fortunate and creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and situations to learn from one another and help each other.
With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly, followed by supper. In addition to singing and eating together, the choirs also include an innovative Wish List program where choir members request, and grant wishes to one another. Wishes can be anything that a choir member needs or has to offer, such as a free music lesson, assistance with learning a new language, writing a CV, finding a job, helping with moving to a new house, or computer tuition. To date, over 3000 wishes have been granted through these choirs.
About Creativity Australia: Founders of With One Voice
Creativity Australia manages a network of With One Voice, all-inclusive community choirs. Creativity Australia's mission is to build a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation. They do this through the power of bringing people and communities together to sing.
Swinburne University research showed that 98% of With One Voice participants experienced less stress, 91% reported improved social bonds and 66% felt less depressed.
For some, the choir will be a way to de-stress after work. For others, it is a way to engage with their community after arriving in Australia as a migrant, asylum seeker or refugee. For others still, it's an opportunity to connect to networks, build skills and find pathways to employment.
The With One Voice movement was created in 2008 by acclaimed soprano and social entrepreneur, Tania de Jong AM. Their growing network of over 25 choirs now stretches across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, regional Victoria and now Western Australia, with thousands of choir members ranging in age from nine to 90 years old and growing monthly!