WHAT WE DO
Our primary focus is enabling people to discover how to unlock the power of song – regardless of musical experience/capacity or lack thereof – and how they can utilise this skill in their daily lives. This has been implicit in all our work, and has become explicit since the publication of our book, Unlocking the Power of Song A Companion for Challenging Times.
Between them, Jill, Rachel and Caroline have 40 years’ experience of doing this – in groups large or small, and/or 1-1. Since the pandemic began, they have offered more sessions at a distance (largely online). Such sessions/events may involve taster sessions as well as short courses, and/or purposeful participatory events. They have also written articles and created a number of educational and other resources – see bibliography There are more details about recordings, song cards, group and individual sessions and how to contact us below.
All their work is rooted in love, and in the awareness of human beings’ profound capacity to experience joy and growth, including through challenging times
COURSES & EVENTS
Contexts where Giving Voice has been introduced include educational or local authority settings, local and national mental health organisations, the NHS, cancer help centres, women’s centres, spiritual and alternative health settings; arts organisations, local, national and international conferences, community, voluntary and/or campaigning groups, and a range of festivals.
Current Events include
Bespoke group events or courses organised on behalf of ‘partner’ groups and organisations, tailored to their particular needs and objectives. So for example:
An individual or group can host an event or course with a mutually agreed focus (eg ‘Challenging Times: Fostering our Inner Resources through Song’).
Such events may introduce people to GV as well as the book, and how individuals can start to use it in their lives (regardless or musical expertise or lack of it).
The focus for these events may be on particular aspects of the book, depending on participants’ interests eg:
dealing with particular issues (eg life-changing illness, isolation, domestic violence, bereavement)
engaging with particular songs
exploring the Four Key Elements, Silent Singing or Towards Giving Voice (Chapters 9, 11 and 12 in the book respectively)
Such events can be held in-person, online, or a mixture of the two. Discounts on the book are available for group orders
A limited number of individual sessions for making the most of this book are also available either face-to-face/in-person, online and/or via telephone, tailored to each individual.
Our Unlocking the Power of Song Facebook Group gives access to our self-directed learning guides, which are updated in response to demand. This group enables participants to be in touch with others engaging with the book, and with some facilitation if desired.
These may occur from time to time – eg with a focus on a particular issue. However, It is unclear how far we’ll be able to continue with the wide variety of events offered in the past, as we are now focussing mainly on enabling people to make the most of the above-mentioned book, which is a self-directed guide.
Nevertheless, do contact us if you are planning a particular event and would value purposeful participation of those present (eg for celebrating and/or fundraising).
Group events are held in-person, on-line, or a mixture of the two.
Our most important resource is our new book
Unlocking the Power of Song A Companion for Challenging Times.
RECORDINGS & SONGCARDS
• Songs of Universal Peace and Healing, originally made as a cassette tape (that’s how long GV has been going!), includes studio recordings by Jill of three songs in the book (No's 1, 3 and 9):
Available on CD or as a download for £8.50.
• The ‘Peace Tape/CD’ was produced for people wanting to use song to promote peace in their lives, local communities, and
the wider world. It contains two songs from the book: A Song about Finding Peace (No. 1) and The Time Has Come (No. 14); the latter is a participatory performance, recorded from ’scratch’, following 9/11 and street riots in the communities affecting the singers’ local areas. Available for a donation (suggested £5 minimum), along with Song Cards of these two songs as well.
• Bespoke recordings can be made on request, please contact the Foundation if you are interested.
These are truly multifunctional! – they’re things of beauty in their own right, they subtly offer an experience of the song, and they can be sent as a greetings card too.
“I found the words on the peace card so helpful.”
survivor of childhood torture
Song cards are currently available for:
A Song about Finding Peace (No. 1),
I see Beauty (No. 3),
Truth Song (No. 8),
Tallis’s Canon (No. 13),
A Song about Home (No. 28), and
Every Little Step (No. 20).*
Responding to Covid-19
We've been hard at work revamping our online presence to make it helpful for you during the challenges we’re all facing.
We’ve launched a new Blog
Unlocking the Power of Song which will explore how being isolated can, if anything, enable us to unlock the power of song even more productively than in a group
and a couple of Facebook groups
Unlocking the Power of Song Facebook group coming soon from our Facebook page where we will be sharing some recordings of songs that we are finding particularly helpful during these challenging times. We will be releasing some material from our forthcoming book: Unlocking the Power of Song: a companion for challenging times here so you can make use of it now, and
Giving Voice for Peace Facebook group, where those who are committed to promoting peace using Giving Voice can get share and get support
Members and Membership
You can be a member of the Foundation for £58 (£40 concessions) for 12 months.
Members are people who want to support the Foundation's aims and principles, and contribute to its development
Discounts at most Giving Voice events
Support in your individual ongoing process, including a specially created unique phrase
members-only Foundation days, 3 annually, free to members