Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation with our With One Voice community choirs across Australia
Creativity Australia (CA) is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation with our life-changing With One Voice (WOV) program.
Loneliness, and the depression which accompanies it, is the global epidemic of our era. Statistics show that two in five people feel socially isolated and unheard. This isolation leads to serious mental and physical health issues and great economic disadvantage. These people risk being left behind. We seek to address and counter the increasing incidence of mental illness and loneliness in our communities and empower communities to create their own solutions.
We bridge the gap between people experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate through the neuroscientific benefits of community singing. Everyone is welcome. Participants aged nine to 90, from different backgrounds, faiths, and walks of life, come together each week to rehearse under professional conductors, share supper, and participate in our innovative Wish List program. This builds a supportive, inclusive network where participants can access both personal and professional help.
Importantly, singing is particularly beneficial for mental health and community wellbeing. It is proven to make people happier, healthier, smarter, and more creative, as well as to increase neuroplasticity. Participants transcend potential boundaries to work together and create something greater than themselves.
There are currently 30 choirs operating across Australia – with more scheduled to begin this year.
The results are transformational. Swinburne University Research shows that 98% of WOV choir participants experience less stress, 91% have improved social bonds, and 66% feel less depressed.