Below you'll find answers to the questions that we get asked the most about the Singing for Syrians. If anything is not covered below, send us a message through the 'Get In Touch' tab, and we’ll get back to you asap
Where can I hold a Singing for Syrians event?
Anywhere! From your village hall, to your local church (you could combine it with an already-organised carol concert), to a larger concert venue or even your own living room. The world is your oyster.
When should I hold my Singing For Syrians event?
Singing for Syrians began with the idea of holding events in the month of December, but we have expanded to encourage events at all times of the year. March 2018 is the seventh anniversary of the start of the civil war in Syria, so if you miss the festive boat, you might want to think about doing something then. We are holding a Come and Sing in London in January, to ease away the post-Christmas blues, and another one in May in Oxfordshire to sing in the start of summer. So it’s up to you. Choose your favourite time of year, and theme it appropriately!
How do I spread the word on Syria during my event?
The personal element is important. Tell your guests why you were inspired to hold a Singing for Syrians event and encourage them to do the same. Ask someone who knows a bit (or a lot) about Syria, has been there, or has reported on it, to speak. Think journalists, writers, artists and students. We also have a flyer which tells you more about the Singing for Syrians campaign and has an overview of the projects we fund. And we have put together a testimony by one of the doctors we fund, which you can either read out or hand around. If you would like posters detailing the work that Hands Up does, just let us know. And finally...our library of readings includes pieces from Syria that you could incorporate into your event.
I've got a venue of 500 to fill! How should I promote the event to make sure all the seats are filled?
Invite friends to get involved and ask them to encourage their own friends, family, colleagues and local communities to attend by spreading the word via email. You can also download the promotional poster template, fill it in and distribute in your local area – again it’s a really good idea to get friends involved to help with this kind of thing – the more the merrier. Ring up the local press and send them a copy of the downloadable local press release which you can personalise with your event’s details. Don’t forget radio as well as newspapers. And harness the power of social media by sharing your event as widely as possible. Get your friends to share too, and be liberal with your use of the hashtag, #singingforsyrians.
How do I get involved in Singing for Syrians?
We find that people like to take up our cause for existing events – say if your school has a Christmas Concert at the end of term, it can be in aid of Singing for Syrians.
If you want to go further, you can go carolling or busking for Singing for Syrians. You can hold your own concert especially for us. We’ve even had barn dances held for the campaign before.
Come along to any of our flagship events, like the carol service or our Come and Sings. The ticket page on our event platform will show you what’s coming up.
If you can’t make it to an event, and don’t have the time to host one, but still want to support our cause, we’d love you to donate! All contributions to this campaign make such a difference; a stationery kit for a child refugee in Lebanon costs under £5.
What resources are available to help me with my event?
On the resources page we have all the basic things you’d want, such as flyers and suggested readings. Finally, we have a video that you can show at the beginning of your event, showing exactly what the charity does, and an interview with Rayan, a 10-year-old from Eastern Ghouta, who has benefitted from our work.
Is any other support available?
We’re always just an email or phone call away, so if you need other help don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our only regret is that, as such a small team, we can’t come and speak at all the events ourselves!
Do I need to sell tickets, and if so how?
It’s entirely up to you if you’d like to ticket your event, or if not, just ask for donations at the event itself. Ticketing your event is very easy, as you can simply log in to our event platform and create your event. You can make the event public, or keep it private, and set whatever price you think is fair.
How do I send the proceedings to the charity?
If you’ve used our ticket platform, the money will come straight to us when the event is completed. If you have cash donations, you can either transfer to us by BACS or send us a cheque made out to the Hands Up Foundation.
How do I spread the word about my event?
Beyond the obvious inviting of family and friends, social media is a great means of promotion. If you let us know you’d like help promoting the event, we’ll put it out on all our channels and make sure the punters come rolling in.
Where does the money raised from Singing for Syrians go?
All funds from the Singing for Syrians campaign will go to the Hands Up Foundation. The Hands Up Foundation currently funds three projects to help some of Syria’s most vulnerable people. These are a Primary Health Clinic in Al-Zerbeh, a Prosthetic Limb Clinic in Bab al-Hawa, and a school for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley. You can read more about our projects here