Who we are

Good Vibrations is an award-winning national charity using communal-music making to support people in challenging circumstances with additional needs.

We support people to:

  • Develop transferable life and work skills
  • Become more engaged in learning
  • Improve their well-being
  • Develop confidence and motivation
  • See themselves with positive self-identities and positive futures

We have a reputation for being professional and effective, particularly when working with individuals with extremely complex needs, whom other interventions have failed to engage.

  • Bill Bailey, Lord Ramsbotham and Rahayu Supanggah are our patrons
  • We’re a Registered UK Learning Provider and recognised OCN Qualification Centre
  • We were awarded National High Secure Prison Effective Intervention Status in 2010

Our origins

The BBC made this video about our founder, Cathy Eastburn, and Good Vibrations as part of their 100 Women Series.

In 2003, Cathy started attending gamelan classes at London’s Southbank Centre, as a hobby. She was struck by the transformative potential of this Indonesian bronze percussion orchestra and so decided to take it to some of the most marginalised people in the UK; prisoners.

With the support of Lincolnshire charity, The Firebird Trust, Cathy delivered week-long gamelan pilots in HMP Brixton, HMP Glen Parva, HMP Wakefield, HMP The Wolds and HMP Nottingham. The courses were highly successful, so over the next five years, Cathy fundraised for and co-ordinated 53 more prison gamelan projects. Two, independent research publications (by Cambridge and Birmingham City Universities) concluded that the projects were making significant positive impacts, so, in 2008, Good Vibrations became a registered charity to grow this work to help far more people.