Voices Welcome was founded by people who feel passionately that singing has the power to bring people together. We believe by singing together we can improve wellbeing, reduce social isolation and empower local communities to connect and support each other.

Here are five reasons why we think singing is good for you, and why we want to offer singing opportunities for vulnerable or isolated refugee communities:

1. Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin

Endorphins are hormones that increase feelings of euphoria and pleasure. Oxytocin is also known as the “cuddle hormone” because it is released when people snuggle up. It is known to decrease stress and anxiety. Both of these hormones can make you feel better in general and decrease any pain you might be feeling.

2. Singing lowers your blood pressure.

There have been several case studies that have revealed that singing can decrease blood pressure due to it’s calming and relaxing effect. Patients have been able to calm themselves down and lower blood pressure readings when in the hospital by singing hymns.

3. Singing increases empathy and understanding between cultures.

Music can help us to feel connected to all of humanity, even across cultural divides. Singing songs that originated from other cultures can give us a new appreciation for those cultures and help us empathize with others.

4. Singing brings people together and creates a sense of community.

Singing in a choir or singing in any sort of group environment with other people can be a fun, bonding activity. It gives you an opportunity to share an experience with a group of people. There have been several studies that have shown singing in a choir decreased depression in many adults.

5. Singing can boost your immunity

Because singing can lower your blood pressure, cause you to have lower cortisol levels, and decrease your stress and anxiety, it will certainly have a positive effect on your immune system and your health.

Read more about our approach and our first project in Southwark where we are offering singing opportunities to refugee to feel welcome and connected.