Project information

ALIVE & SINGING Homeless Choir celebration album

Homelessness creates social isolation and can seriously damage confidence and self-esteem. AMAT's choir will work with musical professionals to produce an album of new songs written and performed by them, reflecting on their experience of homelessness and celebrating AMAT's 21st anniversary.

6 months

Charity information: AMAT

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  • Need

    Need

    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.

    Solution

    Music (making, playing and singing) is powerful in addressing trauma-related problems. AMAT responded to loneliness, boredom and trauma by establishing our homeless choir ‘ALIVE & SINGING’ for Christmas 2017 with 6 participants. Membership grew by 30% within 6 months. The positive results prompted requests by our homeless community for music sessions involving instruments and song-writing. We want to expand our Choir to produce an originals album of songs, written and performed by them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create an album of 8-10 songs of original songs that are written/composed by homeless people.


    Activities

    » Music professionals work with homeless people, developing song-writing and instrumentation skills over 12 workshops/weeks, to create 8-10 songs
    » Homeless people record 8-10 songs of original material, produced by music professionals, to be distributed through CDs and downloads
    » Homeless choir and individuals perform the album in a celebration in 2019 to celebrate 21st Anniversary

    What success will look like

    AMAT will produce an album of original songs in 2019 and distribute through CDs, downloads and public playing in performance or on the radio


    Aim 2

    Homeless people report greater self-esteem and confidence through making music with others


    Activities

    » Have weekly choir rehearsals from January 2019, building towards performance, and monitor progress of well-being
    » Have regular song-writing and composition workshops over 6 months with music professionals and monitor well-being
    » Produce a public performance of album music with homeless choir & individuals. Evaluate responses with participants and audience

    What success will look like

    The project will be carefully monitored and evaluated through questionnaires, 121 interviews and focus groups to continue it’s development and increase participation.


  • Impact

    Impact

    AMAT has an established method of recording changes in behaviour with our homeless service users using the Homeless Star. This project will address those key areas of meaningful use of time; relationships, mental and physical well-being and so for all participants AMAT will track their progress through the project on a 3-monthly basis to provide a picture of how they’ve not only improved in this area, but additional benefits. This data will be supplemented by 121 interviews and focus groups.

    Risk

    Risks: A disinterest in choir or other musical activity. Or we don’t engage the appropriate musical professionals. Contingency: Enthusiasm of the residents and staff team resulting in the growth of the choir and interest around music making. Music as a salve to homelessness as request from our resident’s. The support of the music professionals who currently support choir activity have excellent knowledge of vulnerable people and additional needs.

    Reporting

    Through the number of participants in the project which we expect to be over 100 involved in actual music making - writing, composing, singing. Through the number of CD's burnt and distributed, downloads and public broadcasting plays. Plus the success of a public performance in the local area.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 12 x music workshops Developing songs through song-writing and composing with music professionals
      £1,200 24 x choir rehearsals Developing confidence and self-esteem through choir activities
      £400 Public performance & recording Public performance and recording of original songs for album
  • Background

    Location

    Chatham, Medway, Kent

    Beneficiaries

    Homeless people

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the largest provider of homeless accommodation for single homeless people in Medway, Kent. After 21 years of providing accommodation and leading in our field, we are interested in trying bold techniques that directly address the underlying issues of why people will remain entrenched in homelessness due to a lack of confidence or self-esteem.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jodie Geddes

    SENIOR MANAGER - overview of project with 15 yrs experience of working with homeless people & passionate about empowering self-worth in service users

    CAT BLOOMFIELD

    MUSICIAN, SONG-WRITER & CHOIR FACILITATOR - 16 years of experience working as musician - playing, writing and teaching.

    Janice Duncan

    EVENTS FACILITATOR - coordinating and administering the project with homeless residents.