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New charity, Voices Welcome, launches singing project in Peckham, South London, to support local refugees

To mark World Refugee Day (20th June) https://www.un.org/en/events/refugeedaynew charity Voices Welcome has launched its first project in Peckham, South London, to bring singing opportunities to refugee communities helping them to feel welcome and connected.

Voices Welcome has partnered with local refugee support centre, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS) http://www.sdcas.org.uk/ to deliver singing sessions in their centres to contribute to the services offered to local refugees.

Singing together can improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation but many refugees are unlikely to consider joining established groups.

Voices Welcome overcomes these barriers and helps to empower local communities to connect through singing. Volunteers from local Peckham choirs have been joining the singing sessions presenting opportunities to bring the community together.

Xenia Davis, Music Director, Southwark Voices Welcome, shared:

We are delighted to have our first singing group up and running in Peckham. In my experience many refugees in my community have been unlikely to join local choirs. At Voices Welcome, our sessions provide an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment for refugees so they can enjoy the benefits of singing and connect with the local community. The sessions have been well received and we’ve enjoyed songs from Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal to bring people together!”

Funding for the first project came from the National Lottery Community Fund and Voices Welcome hopes to offer singing opportunities to hundreds of local refugees over the coming year.

To help Voices Welcome reach refugee communities in London so they can benefit from singing opportunities please visit:www.voiceswelcome.org.uk

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