It’s difficult to achieve during the pandemic, but new research emphasises the importance of singing and access to arts for people in direct provision.
The research was carried out in 2019 by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, with choral organisation Sing Ireland and the Irish Refugee Council.
Team members ran singing projects in six direct provision centres, and the final event was “Big Sing: A Shared Celebration” at the National Concert Hall in June last year.
A report of the project, released in September 2020, says that singing and music are a huge benefit for the mental health and well-being of people in direct provision.
Read the press release from the Irish Refugee Council, which has a link to the full report. It reinforces the role of our beautiful Afrish choir!