Annual report and accounts for Good Vibrations for 2014-15
This year we have produced a glossy Annual Report which outlines our key areas of work, our achievements, who we've been working with and the impact that Good Vibrations has in helping participants to develop crucial life and work skills. We have also produced our Audited Accounts which provides the information required by the Charity Commission.
2014-15 was another successful and eventful year for Good Vibrations. Below is a summary of our achievements:
- We ran 23 Good Vibrations courses hosted by 16 institutions (7 prisons, 1 secure hospitals and 8 community settings), benefiting 390 people in all.
- We achieved 81% completion rates on our intensive one week courses in prisons.
- We built on our success of becoming a recognised assessment centre for the OCN (Open College Network) offering Teamworking Skills Level 1 qualification, in addition to Music Ensemble Skills Level 1. In total, 42 OCN qualifications were awarded.
- We started running our weekly Loophole Music project at the Royal Bethlem Hospital which supports in-patient and community patients experiencing mental illness to continue to develop their personal recovery aims through the creation of music.
- We launched our new Good Vibrations at Work team-building days for corporates and workplaces.
- We continued running weekly gamelan sessions at HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
- Our facilitators gained accreditation with the Institute of Leadership & Management after training as action learning facilitators.
- Award-winning comedian and musician, Bill Bailey, became our patron.
- Independent research was published on how we support young people to develop positive identities.
- We were selected onto Inspiring Futures, a 3-year piece of national research into the benefits of using arts in criminal justice, that Cambridge University will lead.
- We performed in front of 287 people and produced 15 original CDs.
As you will see from the case studies in the Annual Report, our work with prisons and those in custody remains as one of our core principles, as does working with those who have experienced mental health issues. We have continued to expand our support of participants’ progress and have significantly developed our use of mindfulness and well-being within our work. However, we have also been able to diversify our work to ensure that many more people can benefit from our provision and we have managed this against a backdrop of very challenging economic and political factors.
Our charitable funders, so essential to organisations like Good Vibrations, have more and more demands placed on their limited funds. That we have continued to thrive and pursue our groundbreaking and transformative work is a testament to our professionalism, reputation and effectiveness. We are immensely grateful to our funders for enabling us to carry out our work, without their support, there would be no Good Vibrations!
Finally, we would like to offer our greatest thanks to Adie at The Alliance Agency for his time, creativity and vision in making this glossy report happen.
We would also like to thank Jo at GDA Design for her continued support, help and ideas.