For the past 10 years Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program has inspired tens of thousands of lives by enabling opportunities for social inclusion and bridging socioeconomic division using the incredible power of group singing, sharing supper and granting of wishes. Singing in a group improves wellbeing, inspires personal growth, saves and changes lives and transforms communities in an age of increasing depression, anxiety and social isolation.
LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION
All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
The life and death of Eleanor Rigby, in the bleak Beatles song, reminds us that loneliness kills. Recent studies conclude loneliness and social isolation are the next big public health issues, on par with obesity, domestic violence and substance abuse. At some stage of our lives, loneliness affects almost all of us. But for many, it is a core factor in mental and physical health problems, and economic disadvantage.