Become a trustee

Become a trustee

Much of the success of Good Vibrations is down to our incredibly talented and dedicated team of facilitators, staff, trustees and volunteers. And, we are currently on the look out for more individuals to join our Board of Trustees. So if you are wanting an exciting challenge for 2018, if you are wanting to do something with your talents to really make a difference, then why not think about becoming a Good Vibrations trustee?

We are looking to diversify and strengthen our Board. We want a real mix of people with a wide range of skills and experiences to join. Most important is being dedicated, and being passionate about what Good Vibrations does. Being a trustee is about helping Good Vibrations to run smoothly, to deliver its charitable aims, to develop its strategy, and to become an even better organisation. Trustees help us to ensure we are complying with legislation and spending our income wisely and in line with what funders expect. It’s a voluntary role.

Trustees can also use their expertise to help us with bespoke projects. For example, current trustees have supported us to set up a new website, create a Communications Plan, write articles for the Prison Service Journal, streamline project management processes, fundraise, and lots more. We are particularly seeking people with significant experience in fundraising and grant writing, and networking and relationship management with high net-worth individuals.

Our trustees meet four times a year for Board meetings and attend an annual strategic planning day. We also ask them to attend play-throughs (informal concerts at the end of courses) at least once a year, as this is a great way for them to better understand our approach and to get to know the people we work with.

If you think this might be for you, why not give our Executive Director, Katy Haigh a call on 07535 145 797, or email her on katy@good-vibrations.org.uk? And why not find out more about our current trustees at https://www.good-vibrations.org.uk/good-vibrations-team/our-board-and-volunteers/?

Music sessions for well-being

Music sessions for well-being

From August – December 2017, we will be running weekly gamelan sessions at Campbell House in Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow. Taking place on Thursday afternoons, these sessions will enable members of the public to discover the resonant sounds of the gamelan instruments. Our focus will be on participants making choices, building social connections, and developing communication skills.

  • Campbell House, Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow, G12 0XH
  • 24th August – 7th December 2017
  • Fees by donation

To book onto any of the workshops, phone 07535 145 797 or email info@good-vibrations.org.uk

We are grateful to Creative Scotland and The Hugh Fraser Foundation for funding this project.

Play-through at HMP Chelmsford

Play-through at HMP Chelmsford

On the morning of 22nd September 2017, men at HMP Chelmsford will be putting on a gamelan performance, as a culmination of a week’s work, learning to play this orchestra. If you are interested in attending this informal concert, and having an opportunity to speak to the participants about their experience, please contact Jane Gibb.

This project has been made possible thank to funding from the prison itself, Henry Smith Charity and Youth Music.

Bursaries available

Bursaries available

We are offering bursaries to support people who have completed a course with us, to go on and experience other music or arts short courses. These bursaries can cover up to 90% of the cost of the course. To find out more, get in touch with Malcolm Milner.

We have previously provided bursaries, for example, to support people onto intermediate gamelan courses at The Southbank Centre in London.

Supporting army veterans

Supporting army veterans

On the 20th October 2017, army veterans at Stoll House in London, will be putting on a gamelan performance, as the culmination of a week’s work. This is our first project, specifically for ex-service personnel, thanks to funding from ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity and The Henry Smith Charity.

If you are interested in attending this informal concert, and having an opportunity to speak to the participants about their experience, please contact Jane Gibb.

Novel team-building days for corporates

Novel team-building days for corporates

Looking for something completely different for your next work team-building day? Why not book Good Vibrations to run a gamelan workshop with your team? Watch this short film to get a taste of what it’s all about.

“I’ve learned so much about how to work with others,
how to communicate and co-operate.

It’s improved my leadership skills.

Stress release; bond with colleagues.

This has lifted my spirits and inspired me.”

These unique, rewarding, and fun workshops, seriously-boost team morale, and bring people together on a level playing field, breaking down cliques. Communicating and team-working are inherent to the experience, so participants form positive, and strong relationships.

We will tailor the workshop to suit your needs. Why not get in touch to find out more? We’ll ask you more about your requirements, answer any questions you might have, and will give you a quote.

Motivation to change for men convicted of sexual offences

Motivation to change for men convicted of sexual offences

In 2015, a UK sex offender treatment prison collaborated with Nottingham Trent University to investigated the influence of gamelan courses with convicted sexual offenders, to ascertain if there were changes in participants in relation to readiness to change or motivation to engage with psychological treatment, and whether Good Vibrations added any additional value to the standard treatment.

This was the first known study to have particularly investigated the possibility of offering a music-related group intervention to improve prisoners’ readiness for treatment groups. 56 men took part overall. The study combined qualitative and quantitative research methods, including a matched control group.

The quantitative research found that offenders, without learning disabilities, had an increased desire to change their offending behaviour and engage in offence-specific treatment. And the qualitative research found that as a result of the intervention:

  • all participants felt more confident about working in a group, and improved their social skills and interpersonal relationships; and
  • the gamelan course contributed to participants’ emotional regulation and release, and positively influenced their emotional states, ability to de-stress and feel more relaxed.

Find out more here.

Winner of the Cathy and Lois Eastburn Award for Creativity

Winner of the Cathy and Lois Eastburn Award for Creativity

This August we awarded Earl Ellis, from our Loophole Music project in Kent, with the 2017 Cathy and Lois Eastburn Award for Creativity. He was selected as the winner of this award for:

  • displaying a strong commitment to the group and working well with others;
  • fully embracing musical learning and sharing;
  • excellent lyric writing and compositions; and
  • excellent bass and acoustic guitar playing.

Should you wish to make another award possible for a Good Vibrations participant, or group, check out our Name an Award Scheme.

Good Vibrations and older people

Good Vibrations and older people

Bath Spa University and The University of Worcester carried out peer-reviewed research into the impact of Good Vibrations’ gamelan projects on the older offender population. Research findings included that:

  • The project helps older offenders to find an identity
  • Completing the project helped their sense of wellbeing

You can access the full research publication here.

“Older offenders fear the unknown…This project helps to encourage us to do other things…Things that will benefit us.”

(A participant)