Our creative response to lockdown

Our creative response to lockdown

Author: Good Vibrations
We’ve been coming up with some creative ways to keep people connected and entertained during lockdown. Here are three fantastic videos that our team have made to celebrate gamelan and Wayang puppetry.
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Kitchen Gamelan
We love the beautiful ornate instruments of the gamelan orchestra, but we also love that Kieran and Collin were able to create a traditional Kothek piece from the comfort of their home with jars, pans, garageband and a bucket! Genius!

You can watch it here.
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Wayang shadow puppetry
Dave has made a beautiful 3 minute video about Wayang puppetry. “The stories and traditional gamelan music explore what it is to be human and the challenges faced by all people”. It’s very moving to see some of our participants tell their own stories through puppetry.
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You can watch it here.
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What is gamelan anyway?
We talk about gamelan a lot at Good Vibrations, but what exactly is it? In this short video, musician and facilitator Emily explains where it comes from and what each instrument looks and sounds like. This is a simple fun introduction to these magnificent instruments. 
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You can watch it here.
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We’ll be posting more creative music and videos from the team soon. Hope you enjoy!
FEAR – and how to manage it

FEAR – and how to manage it

Guest author: Elma Chapman

Fear is our bodies’ language and yet so often we want to shut it up! It is an emotion within ourselves. An emotion in itself is not harmful, therefore why do people so dislike feeling fear, as it can be a warning that we are in danger and need to be aware of it? Almost the word itself conjures up images of frightening things, cowardice, not being good enough – and so on.

If we can try to understand that within us there are past memories of things that truly pained/hurt our inner core, then current events can trigger that wound and we perceive the current moment through that window of pain – so in fact we are not seeing the reality of the current situation, we are feeling a perception of it, based on the untruth and pain of past memory. This can trigger Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real).

This sends our inner world into turmoil as it physiologically goes into flight or fright mode and we are in an orbital spin before we know it. And is the Fear real? Is there a tiger to flee from? A fight to be fought?  No – only the demon of emotion within ourselves. So if this happens, what do we do?

First we check in to make sure there is no external real danger! Then we realise we cannot flee from our own body and mind as there is no action to be made – it is an emotion within.  So then view FEAR as (Feel Emotion and Release).

Just sit quietly with your Fear (emotion), it cannot harm you. Breathe deeply into your abdomen and listen within and let it go. It almost sounds so simple. But why not give it a go? You may learn the world is not as fearful as you first thought!

 

Thought for the Day:

We create fear within ourselves as a language. Be still, decide if it’s reality or not, then choose to Feel Emotion and Release (FEAR). Once you have let go, choose a happy thought in its place by being proud of yourself for having the wisdom to know the difference of what you can change.

Gamelan music and percussion workshop – free!

Gamelan music and percussion workshop – free!

We are excited to offer our first online gamelan workshop led by musician and Good Vibrations facilitator Nikki.
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Monday 20th July
11.00-12.00
Gamelan music and percussion
An introduction to Indonesian Gamelan music. Gamelan is a brass percussion orchestra of xylophones, drums and gongs. We’ll learn to play a simple piece with different layers of rhythms woven together. You can see and hear what a gamelan sounds like here. And listen to some tracks made by Good Vibrations participants here.
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Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to have any previous musical experience or have any instruments of your own. All you need is internet access and a computer/ phone to join. We’ll be using some easily found household items as instruments. A pair of headphones is also recommended to improve the sound experience.
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This workshop is free and offered on a first come first booked basis. Please get in touch to confirm your place by emailing info@good-vibrations.org.uk at least 24 hours before the session to allow time to send out information.
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Looking forward to seeing you at the session!
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You might want to explore our website to find out more about the work we do with people in prisons, secure hospitals and with vulnerable people in the community.
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.

Good Vibrations statement on Coronavirus

Good Vibrations statement on Coronavirus

The welfare of our participants, our team and our colleagues in partner organisations is of paramount importance. As a precaution, we have therefore taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face activities and meetings until further notice. We are very sorry to anyone who is disappointed or adversely affected by this decision

Our office staff are working as usual – please do contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We realise these are difficult times for everyone. We are committed to continuing to support those who are involved in Good Vibrations, including our participants and our team of facilitators

We will be monitoring developments and government advice closely and will communicate any changes regularly. We very much look forward to restarting our activities as soon as we possibly and safely can. In the meantime, we send all good wishes in these uncertain times

From the Good Vibrations team

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.

We’re looking for trustees with experience in diversity or marketing & communications

We’re looking for trustees with experience in diversity or marketing & communications

Good Vibrations is a national charity, using music to help people in prisons, secure hospitals and community settings to grow their transferable skills, confidence and well-being. We have been a charity since 2008 and have supported 9,000 people across the UK through our work. We are highly regarded in the arts and criminal justice space, and our trustees are Bill Bailey, Lord Ramsbotham, and Rahayu Supannggah. We have an impressive and focused Board, with expertise in finance, law, fundraising, research, community music, the arts, and criminal justice.

We are one year into an exciting new three-year plan through which we aim to double the number of people we help by April 2022. But to help us achieve this, we are looking for new trustees – with experience in marketing & communications, and diversity. All our trustees volunteer their time, attending Board meetings four times a year in London, feeding into strategic planning, and contributing to ad hoc development work that they are interested in. We are looking for trustees from across the UK.

Watch this short clip to hear one of our current trustees, Professor Laura Caulfield, talk about why she is involved with Good Vibrations. Please contact our Executive Director, on katy@good-vibrations.org.uk or 07535 145 797 if you would like a conversation to find out more.