Voiceworks Plus is a musical theatre program which fosters the talents of people who are living with intellectual disabilities.
It began in 2013 when UnitingCare West asked Subiaco community choir Vocal Ensemble Voiceworks (VEV) if they would be interested in expanding their community outreach to include a group of young people with intellectual disabilities who were keen to participate in singing and performance.
Since then the group, have been learning and developing their vocal and performance skills under the direction of Maggie Wilde West, with acting, singing and movement tuition from VEV’s professional musicians and volunteers.
UnitingCare West can no longer support this program but VEV, a not-for-profit organisation has a long-term vision to keep and expand this program where disabled people learn invaluable skills in communication, socialisation, listening, learning, participating and being committed to a shared project.
One parent has said: “Voiceworks Plus has given them a chance to break away from the mundane of life, to stretch themselves beyond what anyone has ever thought them capable, to have a goal and an organised structure to the preparation.”