Busy year for the Voice of Hope Choir

Through our African Health Project, Waverley Care works closely with African communities across Scotland to raise awareness and reduce transmission of HIV.

A key part of this work is our Voice of Hope Choir, which performs at community events delivering positive messages through uplifting music and song.

The choir recently prepared its annual report for its funders, providing an excellent opportunity to look back at what has been a busy year.

Over the past 12 months, the choir has performed at some high profile events in iconic venues.  Highlights have included performing at BBC Scotland’s Children in Need coverage, at the launch of Scottish Refugee Week in the Scottish Parliament and as part of the Aye Write festival at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.

Through its performances, the choir reached over 1,000 people in the past year, developing strong partnerships with local churches, organisations and communities.

As well as delivering positive messages to the public, the choir brings real benefits to its members too.  Feedback from the group found that the choir helped members to build confidence, make new friends and become more involved in other community groups. At the same time, through peer education and discussion on sexual health and HIV, the group’s knowledge and understanding was enhanced, helping them to tackle stigma through outreach work.

To find out more about the choir, and the African Health Project generally, visit our Community Awareness and Prevention page here.