Ever since I started considering leaving my full-time role as Regional Manager at youth social action charity Envision to move fully into the world of music, one of my ambitions has been to set up a charity working with refugees and asylum seekers, and using singing as a way of bringing people together to combat loneliness and isolation and promote wellbeing. In 2017 that ambition began to gather momentum, and Voices Welcome finally emerged into the world. Or at least, secured itself a registered charity number (1173490) and some initial trustees and supporters.
Voices Welcome is currently working in partnership with Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers, delivering weekly singing sessions in its refugee drop in centres. You can read more about Voices Welcome, our work, and how to support us on our website.