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The Sing For Freedom Choir is a remarkable group of people who sing from a shared love of music to reclaim the voice that torture so cruelly tried to silence. This amazing and vulnerable community is made up of Survivors affiliated with UK charity Freedom from Torture after facing extreme difficulties in their countries of origin, and Londoners who join to sing in solidarity with them . In 2019 they were perilously close to shutting down and were saved by the Spacehive community. The Sing For Freedom Choir has fought to stay together during lockdown, providing a lifeline at a time where many of the members have found the usual services they access cut. Some of them have been working on the front line as NHS workers, and many of them do not have access to data and technology at home. Despite this, they have managed to make the I Choose Love music video as a demonstration of solidarity with survivors everywhere, inspiring resilience at the time of hardship and anxiety.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will enable more people who have experienced displacement to access the therapeutic benefits of singing in a choir. Sing For Freedom Choir has changed lives, and as one member says, "One of the worst things about torture is that it silences you….the choir has given me back a voice". The film created for Zero Discrimination Day will empower people who regularly experience discrimination, including those with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, to provide a vision of what a more inclusive world could be through performance of "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing", with a message of ending discrimination. With services cut as a result of the pandemic, hiring a community support worker will offer, once a week, vital pastoral support and signposting to mutual aid, education and employment opportunities. By offering training in digital technology and data support, we will enable our members to not only access the choir, but also connect to vital support services.
Steps to get it done:
Please help us to support members of Sing For Freedom Choir to continue to meet online, and enable us to offer the technical support, training and pastoral support they deserve. Your funding contributions: £5 - will fund data payments for one singer for one week and enable them to get online £15 - will fund a pair of headphones for one singer £20 - will provide one member with a digital training session £50 - will enable one choir member to participate in the video project for Zero Discrimination Day £150 - will enable a community support officer to provide once a week, vital pastoral support and signposting to our members £500 - will fund a bursary place for one choir member for one year
About the space
When we can rehearse in person we meet at Freedom From Torture in Islington, but our members live across London. Many of them are in temporary accommodation and move around frequently.
London Borough of Islington