With the highly popular Talent Television shows, X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, more young people than ever, are keen to learn how to sing and perform like their idols. The Chertsey Voice In A Million Academy opened in May and due to popular demand is now set to launch a second 3 hour session every Sunday afternoon, in addition to the existing morning sessions. The Academy will appeal to children with varying degrees of talent from Surrey (between the ages of 7 & 18) and provide them with the opportunity to join a unique performance organization that have opened academies across the UK and develop their skills in Vocal, Recording and Live Performance techniques.
Robert & Jo Garofalo, founders of the Voice In A Million project says, ‘We firmly believe that singing is an important part of a child’s overall well-being and are proud to have seen so many develop both artistically and confidently throughout their time with the Voice In A Million Academies’.
At least Four ARENA events a year are performed by Voice In A Million Groups, singing live in front of extremely large audiences, in prestigious venues to raise awareness for the British Association For Adoption & Fostering, which are normally reserved for A-List artists. Each Voice In A Million Academy also stages its own local theatre show each year and all members of the academy are encouraged to take part in recording sessions for Voice In A Million downloads, singles and album releases.
The existing Voice In A Million Academy members have the following live performances to look forward to;
Celebrating Surrey Festival (Main Stage) 26th Jun 2010
Nottingham Trent FM Arena 7th Oct 2010
Liverpool Echo Arena 10th Nov 2010
London 02 Arena 1st Feb 2011
Voice In A Million staged a huge concert at the London 02 Arena on 28th Jan 2010, which gathered a staggering 5200 children from educational & performance schools across the UK performing tracks from the Voice In A Million Songbook in front of a 7000 audience.
Both the Academy and events at the 02 Arena and beyond raises awareness in support of The British Association For Adoption & Fostering (BAAF). ‘The academy that makes a difference’ not only enhances ability and confidence of each child attending, but also makes a difference to those children that need families. Voice In A Million strives to achieve awareness of the plight of millions of children worldwide that are orphaned, abandoned or separated from their birth parents and in need of a loving family for life.
A recent report by Business in the Community found that although progress is being made, there is a need for greater organisational awareness of the support required for better mental health at work.
The national survey found that:
· 3 in 4 employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health.
· 77% of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health at some point in their lives and 29% of employees have been diagnosed with a mental health condition
· 62% of employees attributed their symptoms of poor mental health to work or said that work was a contributing factor
· 35% of employees did not approach anyone for support the last time they experienced poor mental health
· 9% of employees who experienced symptoms of poor mental health experienced disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal
· 76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 22% have received training
This report also includes recommendations and calls to action for employers.
The workplace is often the first place signs can be seen of a mental health issue but many don’t know how to spot signs or respond to them. Equally, a stressful work environment might contribute to mental health problems for some and this does not need to be the case. We hear every day that employers have a real desire to tackle this and many are doing some great things that we want to share. Employers need to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.