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.
Where does the money raised from Singing for Syrians go?
The money raised supports projects implemented by our partner organisations on the ground. Where possible these projects are inside Syria and run by Syrians. Sustainability forms the basis of all the projects we choose, which is why we focus on funding salaries and long-term work in health and education. All the projects we fund are monitored regularly and designed to have maximum impact for those in need. We are currently supporting three projects including a medical salaries project in Aleppo, a prosthetic limbs initiative on the Syrian/Turkish border and a children's kindergarten in Idleb. For more information, please visit Hands Up's website here