Published: 10 January 2022 at 16:01
Anglia Ruskin University experts are developing monitoring tool for well-known charity
A new research project between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and the Military Wives Choirs is studying the benefits of singing, as well as examining the barriers to joining its choirs faced by women in the military community.
The year-long project, which will see ARU’s Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) working in tandem with ARU’s Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research (CIMTR), also aims to produce a monitoring tool to enable the charity to evaluate the impact singing in a choir has for its members.
The Military Wives Choirs has around 2,000 members across 72 choirs in military bases in the UK and overseas. Anecdotally, members have consistently reported the benefits of joining the choir to their wellbeing.
Choir member, Leanne, said:
Alex Creamer, Welfare & Organisational Development Officer at the Military Wives Choirs, reports:
The partnership will provide the Military Wives Choirs with a rich understanding of its network and how its members benefit from taking part.
Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Director of the CIMTR, said:
Matt Fossey, Director of the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) at ARU, said:
As both an independent charity and subsidiary of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, the Military Wives Choirs works collaboratively with SSAFA, formerly known as the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, in its mission to provide support to the Armed Forces and their families.
The research will be funded by a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Tackling Loneliness & Isolation programme.