The Sydney Street Choir was established in 2001 with the aim of using the power of song to help men and women dealing with homelessness, mental illness, addiction and social disadvantage. Today, it is a supportive musical community that works to inspire and empower, and that provides a place of belonging for people who are often socially isolated.
The Choir’s profile is growing, thanks to an increasingly busy performance schedule that has included appearances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania. The Sydney Street Choir has also begun the process of measuring its success. With the assistance of the PAYCE Foundation, it is participating in an innovative social impact measurement pilot program with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The partnership with the Sydney Street Choir has been one of the longest and most successful. Over the years the PAYCE Foundation has contributed funding but it has also worked very closely with the charity to support the development and implementation of its strategic plan.
Some of the key strategic areas have been the need to develop new revenue streams, measuring the impact of the charity on its members as well as providing increased social support.
Thanks to the support of PAYCE Foundation the Choir has been able to employ a social worker to add an extra layer of support for its members, developed the successful Corporate Challenge as a way of connecting to Sydney’s most recognised corporate brands and generate funds and developed a new social impact and evaluation framework in partnership with UTS.
The PAYCE Foundation has also been instrumental in securing the support of the City of Sydney via an event grant for the Corporate Challenge and a grant to address the new social isolation challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.