The Sing Up Foundation, the charitable arm of English National singing organisation Sing Up, has announced that it will focus its work on singing to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. To help drive this work forward, the Foundation is recruiting a new Chair and Trustees with relevant expertise.
With 50% of mental health problems established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24, the Foundation believes that it is critical to focus on prevention by working with young people. The physiological, social, psychological and behavioural benefits of singing, especially in groups, are wide-ranging and supported by evidence from extensive research.
Head of the Sing Up Foundation, Celi Barberia, said:
‘There is a real need to address young people’s mental health and we know that singing is a powerful intervention. The research behind the benefits of singing on health and wellbeing is significant and through our work we hope to inspire and support schools and others to use singing to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This is a great time to join us in developing our work and we’re excited about what the future holds for the Foundation.’
The Foundation was created by Sing Up in 2017 to look at using the power of singing to make lasting change happen in areas of need. After helping to establish the Foundation and guiding it through its first few years of development, the current Chair, David Sulkin OBE, is coming to the end of his term. He will be stepping down as Chair but staying on as a Trustee on the Board.
David Sulkin said:
‘I am immensely proud of my long-standing connection with both Sing Up and now, the Sing Up Foundation. Few cultural organisations achieve such success. Having now set up the Foundation to help young people who face mental health issues, we are aiming to appoint an outstanding Chair with experience of arts in health settings.’