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 'Contact Us' tab, and we’ll get back to you asap.
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. If you would like to do something outside a London TfL station, please get in touch and we can try to get permission for you to stand outside a station to sing and/or do a bucket collection..
Come along to any of our flagship events, like the Carol Service or our exclusive Drinks Reception both taking place on 1 December at exclusive venues in Westminster, London. You may buy tickets for yourself and family here. If you are holding an event or activity to raise money for the Singing for Syrians campaign, we may be able to give you a discount or complimentary ticket, please do get in touch and let us know.
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 will make a huge difference, please donate by visiting this link: DONATE
Where can I hold a Singing for Syrians event?
Anywhere! From your village hall, to your local church, temple, gurdwara, mosque or school (you could combine it with an already-organised carol concert or event), 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, around Christmas time, as we organise our main annual event, the Carol Concert & Drinks Reception
in December, so you can take advantage of our national marketing and publicity during this period.
However, if you are unable to organise something in December, you are most welcome to organise something any time of the year that suits you best. We will still provide all the help and support you may need. So, it’s up to you.
Choose your favourite time of year, and theme it appropriately! Talk to us if you need any help deciding.
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. We have also 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. 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. You can also download the info flyer and poster and distribute it in your local area – outside school gates (you may need permission from the school – but if you are a parent, you will find most schools will not mind), community centres, churches, other places of worship & supermarkets – again it’s a really good idea to get friends involved to help with this kind of thing – the more the merrier. You may want to ask your local school to give a shout out in one of their regular newsletters to parents!
Ring up the local press and send them a copy of the downloadable local press release template which you can personalise with your event’s details. Don’t forget radio as well as newspapers. Harness the power of social media including WhatsApp & Facebook groups by sharing your event as widely as possible. Get your friends to share too, and be liberal with your use of the hashtags #SingingforSyrians and #SyriaStillMatters.
How do I make an existing event a “Singing for Syrians” event?
On the resources page we have all the basic things you’d want, such as flyers and suggested readings. Finally, we have this video
that you can show at the beginning of your event, showing the kind of work we do, and an interview with Rayan, a girl from Eastern Ghouta, who has benefitted from our work. In addition to this you may also:
- You may request a speaker to come along either through us or from your own contacts.
- Hold a raffle offering prizes donated by friends, family or local businesses
- Hold an auction at the event – get local businesses to donate items or services to auction in return for a chance to speak to the audience?
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. Speak to us about your event as early as you can so we can discuss other ways we may be able to help.
Do I need to sell tickets, and if so how?
This is entirely up to you. You may ask for an entry fee as part of your fundraising, or you may want to simply keep it free and do the fundraising while you have a captive audience during your event. Once you have completed you event, you can either transfer the donations to us by BACS with ‘SFS’ as the reference or send us a cheque made out to the Hands Up Foundation with ‘SFS’ written on the back. Please do send us an email with your details and amount you have donated, requesting a receipt if you need one.
How do I send the proceedings to the charity?
Once you have completed you event, you can either transfer the donations to us by BACS with ‘SFS’ as the reference or send us a cheque made out to the Hands Up Foundation with ‘SFS’ written on the back. Please do send us an email with your details and amount you have donated, requesting a receipt if you need one.
The address to send the cheque to is: The Hands Up Foundation, Unit 205 Clerkenwell Workshops, 27/31 Clerkenwell Close, London WC1R 0AT.
How do I spread the word about my event?
Beyond the obvious, inviting family and friends, social media is a great means of promotion which includes any WhatsApp or Facebook groups you may be part of. 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 funds vital health and education programmes in vulnerable Syrian communities. Currently, these are a Primary Health Clinic in Tal-Abyad serving a local community of 50,000 people, a school for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa Valley and a prosthetics programme on the Syrian-Turkish border. You can read more about our projects here