Creativity Australia’s community wellbeing and social inclusion choirs
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 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.
Creativity Australia’s program runs a network of 23 community choirs in 7 States of Australia. The choirs unite 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.
Choirs are led by professional conductors and meet weekly, followed by supper. Through The Wish List, participants grant one another wishes big and small: such as resume assistance, friendships, language tuition and jobs. The choirs help people connect to whatever they need in life: friends, mentors, wellbeing, self-esteem, networks, skills and employment.
Following Founder Tania de Jong AM’s TED Talk ‘How Singing Together Changes The Brain’, Creativity Australia has received enquiries from across the globe. The innovative program model is now being replicated in communities globally through a social franchise model.
Creativity Australia won the 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation and has been named in Australia’s top Social Innovations.
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.
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Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time.
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