Building on the success of AMAT’s choir ‘Alive & Singing’ and their recent album, we want the choir to develop and grow throughout 2021, with more public performances and more ‘Desert Island Disc’ sessions generating discussion, music appreciation and therapy for our homeless residents .
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1111057)
“I enjoy the choir as it allows me to relax and not think about life which is good for mental health.”
“I like that we decide together what songs to sing”
“sofa surfing it ain’t working need a bed to lay my head starry skies say goodbye moving on cos now it’s time now it’s time a place to call my own..."
“I feel happy after we’ve been singing”
Homelessness creates profound loneliness and chronic boredom, yet is often addressed by only encouraging training and employment or focusing on problematic behaviour. However many people become homeless through complex issues or traumatic experiences that include escaping violent abuse, learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems, addiction, etc. The key to addressing these issues is developing self-esteem, self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and feeling connected to others.
Music is therapeutic for trauma-related problems. Both singing in the choir and attending 'Desert Island Disc' workshops with professional musicians exploring musical appreciation, reduce loneliness and increase confidence. In addition – regular performances create excitement, something to look forward to and improve self-esteem. A recent survey of choir members discovered 82% would feel “sad/depressed/ disappointed/” if rehearsals stopped and 100% feel it has a positive impact on their life.
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