Recruiting for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator

Recruiting for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator

Author: Good Vibrations

We are looking for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator at Good Vibrations. Here is the full Job Description and Person Specification. This is a part time role and the post-holder will be expected to work from home. This role will involve:

  • Co-ordinating and distributing project paperwork
  • Supporting our participant progression and support programme
  • Writing up notes from meetings and events
  • Carrying out general housekeeping to keep the charity’s IT systems up to date
  • Designing, organising and distributing marketing materials
  • Keeping Good Vibrations’ social media and website fresh and up to date
  • Co-ordinating and supporting small individual giving campaigns and other projects

To apply, first email katy@good-vibrations.org.uk, requesting an application pack. Then complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form within this pack, returning them via email to Katy by 12pm on Friday 9th October. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Zoom on Monday 19th October.

Please note that you must request your application pack from Katy by 12pm on Thursday 8th October.

Dated: 21 September 2020

A commission: design and build a new gamelan app

A commission: design and build a new gamelan app

Author: Good Vibrations

National charity, Good Vibrations is calling for developers to submit proposals to design and build a new gamelan music app. Developers who are interested should view and download the full brief here. Deadline for applications is 12pm on the 19th October 2020.

Some of our aims, in commissioning this new digital gamelan, are to:

  • Enable novices, professionals and those in between to create and practise music on their own and with others using an accurate and authentic sounding digital gamelan orchestra
  • Help Good Vibrations continue generating positive personal, social and musical impacts for its target beneficiaries when our usual group gamelan projects can’t run
  • Help Good Vibrations continue generating positive impacts with participants post-project through a non-formal learning progression option that reinforces skills they developed and memories they experienced during their project with us
  • Enhance the experience for those already using digital gamelan, by improving the functionality offered, and maintaining the product robustly so its benefits are long-term
  • Generate another potentially impactful product and approach to add to Good Vibrations’ offer, to benefit a wider range of people in more ways in the future
  • Further widen access to the gamelan – enabling people to experience gamelan who can’t access a real gamelan orchestra or who are disinclined to give it a go

Good Vibrations remains committed to human, in person, group gamelan work remaining at the heart of what we do as a charity. We want to develop a virtual, technology-enabled strand using a digital gamelan to enhance our current offer, rather than replace it.

Date: 17 September 2020

Questions and answers about the commission: last updated 21 September 2020

Here is a list of questions people have put to us about this commission since advertising it, and the answers we have given:

Q: “It has to *at least as good as* the one Wells Music School did a few years ago (Virtual Gamelan, sadly now – I think – unavailable) …”

A: “Yes, the, @UniOfYork R&D report and our feasibility study reached a similar conclusion! The brief we’ve put together name checks several highly rated past/existing digital gamelan and we are very keen for their developers to consider submitting a proposal for this new commission.

Benjamin Zephaniah’s Radio 4 appeal for Good Vibrations

Benjamin Zephaniah’s Radio 4 appeal for Good Vibrations

Author: Good Vibrations

From the 9-15 August 2020, Professor Benjamin Zephaniah, presented a BBC Radio 4 appeal on behalf of Good Vibrations. You can listen to his three-minute appeal here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000lmj5. It tells his story, and the story of Good Vibrations’ participant, Errol, who grew up in care, spent many years in prison, but who has now gone on to turn his life around with the support of Good Vibrations and other arts and rehabilitation charities.

We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to the appeal so far. Their donations will help us to work with 100s more men, women and young people in prisons and young offender institutions. If you like what you hear and would like to support the appeal too, you can still donate here.

Thank you.

Benjamin also recorded the below for us talking about why he chose to support our charity.

 

Good Vibrations adapts in response to Covid-19

Good Vibrations adapts in response to Covid-19

Author: Good Vibrations

The pandemic has hit charities hard, and their beneficiaries even harder. But Good Vibrations, an award-winning national charity, using communal music-making to support people with complex needs, has throughout lock-down, developed creative ways to stay connected with the communities it supports. Supported by its funders, Good Vibrations has not hibernated, as many charities have been forced to do. It has adapted, found a positive opportunity within the crisis, and unlocked a flood of creativity. Instead of large group face to face music projects, it has devised a range of alternative activities and content – largely online – that are all about stimulating connection, creativity, learning and reflection.

A Charity News Today article tells you more.

Positive family relationships help reduce the chances of re-offending

Positive family relationships help reduce the chances of re-offending

Author: Good Vibrations

This beautiful comic was created by Studio Lindsay (@Studio.Lindsay) for The New Issue magazine in 2020. It was based on a Big Issue North article by Deborah Mulhearn about her visit to a Good Vibrations family gamelan project at Liverpool Prison. It depicts how Good Vibrations is working to use gamelan to help men, women and young people in prisons and young offender institutions to develop better relationships with their family members. Positive family relationships are a crucial factor in reducing the chances of people re-offending when they have served their sentence and been released.

We do this work in partnership with the secure institutions and education providers working within them, such as Novus. The projects are supported by wonderful funders such as the National Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, National Foundation for Youth Music and more.

You can click on the images to enlarge them, and we’ve even made a short film of this comic with a gamelan soundtrack on our You Tube page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of our Resonate project interview Bill Bailey

Members of our Resonate project interview Bill Bailey

One of Good Vibrations’ patrons, talented musician and comedian, Bill Bailey, gave members of our Glasgow Resonate group an exclusive interview earlier this year. The experience gave them an insight into how he handles nerves when performing, why he likes gamelan so much, and who inspired him early on in his musical career.

This interview took place as part of Exploring Performance, a project that the group came up with themselves as a way of developing their skills and knowledge as musicians and performers.

You can watch the short film of the interview here.

Exploring Performance

Exploring Performance

We’re delighted to launch a short film about Exploring Performance – a fantastic idea conceived by our Glasgow Resonate group. You can watch it here.

On this project, group members interviewed and improvised with famous world music artists, Bill Bailey and Bapak Prasadiyanto, and went to a Gamelan Naga Mas concert at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The video thanks all the wonderful supporters who made this project possible. We are looking for to growing this work in the future.

We are recruiting for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator

We are recruiting for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator

We are looking for an Admin & Comms Co-ordinator to provide marketing and administrative support across our charity’s programmes and services. This role will involve:

  • Co-ordinating and distributing project paperwork
  • Updating the participant progression and support database
  • Writing up notes from meetings and events
  • Carrying out general housekeeping to keep the charity’s IT systems up to date
  • Designing, organising and distributing marketing materials
  • Keeping Good Vibrations’ social media and website fresh and up to date
  • Co-ordinating and supporting occasional small individual giving campaigns and other projects

The job description tells you more about the role. If you want to apply, please send us the following by 12pm on the 23rd March 2020:

  1. A CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the person specification requirements – to jane@good-vibrations.org.uk
  2. A completed Equal Opps Form 2020 – to katy@good-vibrations.org.uk

This is a part time role and the post-holder will be expected to work from home. (All our team members work from home across the country.) We are looking to recruit someone who lives close enough to Oxford to regularly meet with our Operations Manager (the post-holder’s line manager) who is based there.

We will let you know if we would like to invite you to interview, by the 27th March. Interviews will take place in Oxford on either the 20th or 21st April. We would ideally like the person to start in post before June.

 

 

Loophole Music – providing stimulation and a safe space for self-expression at Bethlem Royal Hospital

Loophole Music – providing stimulation and a safe space for self-expression at Bethlem Royal Hospital

Loophole Music is a communal music making project at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London supporting patients’ wellbeing and recovery. The Maudsley Charity are generously supporting this project over three years, with funding coming from The National Foundation for Youth Music too.

The Maudsley Charity has written this great article about Loophole Music and the difference their funding is making to patients at the hospital through the project.

“Each Loophole session we do shows us the empowerment that comes from music making. The secret ingredient behind this confidence building exercise is that it is enveloped in fun.”

Kieran Plunkett, facilitator

 

 

Good Vibrations’ 2020 Charity Auction

Good Vibrations’ 2020 Charity Auction

Bill Bailey invites you to support Good Vibrations’ 2020 Charity Auction. Win amazing gifts and experiences, whilst supporting a fantastic charity. Experiences and gifts up for grabs this year:

  • A luxury weekend break in Cumbria for 14-18 people
  • A personal poetry reading
  • The opportunity to commission a painting
  • A novelty crocheted beard
  • Six month’s supply of Seville marmalade
  • Next year’s Christmas cake
  • A French lesson on Skype
  • Beautiful pottery pieces

Get bidding – the auction closes on the 22nd January! Prizes have generously been donated by Good Vibrations team members, friends and supporting businesses.