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Closed 10/12/2017

raised of £7,000 target by 69 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,385 to keep Sanctuary Of Song, a much needed singing and community group going for women seeking asylum and refugees.

    Swansea, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 10th December 2017

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    Thank you for reading...I wish for the warmth and generosity of your heart to be captivated by these brave, diverse and marginalised women for a few moments. What would you need to hear for you to contribute financially towards Ugochi, Aminah and many others who are so far from their homelands, often very lonely, often frightened and certainly exhausted with all that life as a 'refugee' can be?

    I started this group in Swansea one year ago with a local one-off start-up grant and I find myself totally enchanted! I couldn't have known the impact our singing group would have but I had a hunch. I now find myself in awe of the women and humbled to see the significance of our gathering and emerging through song, changing lives in ways we could not predict: imagine going to a small local support group to find yourself in public performances for up to 200 people and later being invited to sing at Westminster!

    Women have found a voice and it's much more than a singing voice. Walk in and you may find chatter, laughter, tears, cross cultural friendships, creativity, and of course, as we begin our work, the rousing beauty of voices in harmony together. Grace, strength, courage, vibrancy and kindness fill the air and it may just break your heart and simultaneously rebirth it in a moment of unexpected joy and purpose. Fear has less grip in this coming together, you will see people going home filled up with spirit that spills out into day to day life...

    Some women come here and sing for the first time in their lives. Or they hear a voice they'd never known they had or never imagined they'd meet again. They greet their growing confidence with awe, and they wonder what else they may be capable of! Some say it's the one activity of the week where they feel alive. This group is an important part of their lives and I so want it to continue and to grow its membership of the local community which will inevitably generate more pathways of integration and sustainable support. It is passionate work we do together. Please will you contribute any amount towards a year of funding?

    Monies will be used for:

    *A living wage for me to continue my admin, travel, session delivery, extra rehearsals for public performances, training members of the group to lead sessions and conduct the singers at public events in my absence and outreach work informing and recruiting marginalised women.

    *Reimbursing bus fares (£4.40 per person - this is nearly the whole days living allowance that seekers of asylum receive and amounts to a significant chunk each week)

    *Our venue costs;

    *Childcare costs (running a creche)

    *Light refreshments for singing sessions

    *Printing and advertising

    Remember, there's no too small: every voice valued, every quid counts! If a fiver seems too small to bother, these are women who know it's value (it's all they get to live on every day). If many, many give the 'little' you can manage, we can reach a goal. And give more IF you can. If donations exceed the target I'll use them to expand the project - organise extra day events which can involve men and share a meal for example.

    Please visit us to like and follow our page for updates, videos and sound files at

    Sanctuary Of Song is guided by the principles and philosophy of the Natural Voice Network ( At the heart of this movement is the principle that singing is every person's birthright and a recognition that human voices have expressed joy, celebration and grief, and song has bound community in work, devotion and healing for millennia.

    May your days meet you with kindness and care..

    One last note on fees - this website has a Paypal link which is handy for many of you. If however you don't mind entering your card details, you can donate through the following crowdfund page and your money will go further as the website fees are less than half.



    • Clara Clay6 years ago
      Clara Clay

      Clara Clay

      6 years ago

      Thank you dearly to David and Helen Crabb for your £50 donation last night and Chris Day for your £10 donation. The group is growing week by week, more bus fares, more voices, more harmony sown in Swansea! This pot is closed but a new one is open:

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    • Clara Clay6 years ago
      Clara Clay

      Clara Clay

      6 years ago

      And...funding is still needed...I missed my chance to extend the running time of the JustGiving money pot so some of you found the page closed when you wanted to donate. Here is a new pot. Thank you!

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    • Clara Clay6 years ago
      Clara Clay

      Clara Clay

      6 years ago

      THANK YOU everyone for your support. YOU have financed our group from September through to December and there's still funds left to carry us into January and February.

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    Page last updated on: 1/23/2018 17.45



    • Marc Treanor

      Marc Treanor

      Dec 1, 2017

      Hope you're able to keep up the good work Clara


    • Samantha Saville

      Samantha Saville

      Nov 29, 2017




      Nov 18, 2017

      Much needed choir


    • Anonymous


      Nov 17, 2017




      Nov 9, 2017


    • Chesca Ross

      Chesca Ross

      Nov 6, 2017

      Wish it could be more, hope you get the rest, brilliant project x


    • Anonymous


      Nov 6, 2017


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    Clara Clay

    Clara Clay

    Swansea, United Kingdom

    Music's been a source of solace and joy since my lonely adolescence. In my last 15 years I've been thrilled to find ways of sharing music with communities and individuals in ways that unite us, support us and illuminate more of the wholeness that we lost our ability to embrace.

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