News and Blogs News Project Return set to orchestrate change with Care-Experienced Choir Project Return is launching a Choir, which will utilise music and relationships as a supportive resource to overcome trauma. Our aim is to bring together those with experience of the children’s care and/or the justice system and the care workforce, giving them a voice and way of connecting through music.Why are we launching a Choir? Within our care community there is an enormous amount of talent and love for music and we want to create a space and time where everyone can come together, with no titles and celebrate this.Singing as part of a group has been shown as a way of improving your well-being, mental health, empowerment and building great friendships. It also allows us to grow through uncovering different things about ourselves and understanding our own social identity. Our choir will harness this. “Music is the strongest form of magic.” ― Marilyn Manson When will Choir meetings take place? The Choir itself will launch at the end of February and will then meet bi-weekly in a central Glasgow location for the first three months of the choir. Regularity of meetings from there will be determined by the group. The first planning meeting to begin designing the choir will take place on Monday 27th of January (5.30pm - 6.30pm) in Staf’s offices on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. At this meeting, the group will be given venues to choose from for the choir and they will be able to select to be part of the interview process for the Choir Director. “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” ― Maria von Trapp How do I get involved? We are looking for both group members as well as a Choir Director. As Project Return is a participant-led project you will be central to shaping the Choir’s identity and musical output by getting involved. You can register your interest in joining the choir either as a member or Director through the Creative Scotland website in the links below: Choir Group Members (external link) Choir Director (external link) For further information you can contact Jenny Ferguson on [email protected] or 0141 465 7519 “Music can change the world because it can change people.” ― Bono Open to participants 16+ Project Return is a Staf project, led by members of its steering group, focussed on changing how the care system understand and supports trauma. The care and/or justice experienced steering group members, alongside members of the workforce, have been meeting bi-weekly since September 2019. Find out more about the steering group here.