Live in Glasgow or Nottingham? Want to try something new this year?

Live in Glasgow or Nottingham? Want to try something new this year?

Good Vibrations is running free, weekly gamelan music and drumming sessions in the community in Glasgow and Nottingham. We’d love new people to come and see what they think. They’re open to all and you don’t need to have ever played an instrument before, or be able to read music to take part.

Taking part can help your health and well-being, and your listening and team-working skills. And these groups are a great way to make friends, learn a new skill and have fun. We hope you enjoy this 30 second film, which gives you an idea of what they’re all about.

Find out more by emailing or by calling Jane on 07791 293 352. You’re welcome just to come and watch a session to see what you think!

Big Issue North’s article on our work in prison with families

Big Issue North’s article on our work in prison with families

On 16 December 2019, Big Issue North ran an article on our work with men at HMP Liverpool and their families. Deborah Mulhearn’s article brilliantly evokes the sounds and emotions of these projects:

“The prison chapel at HM Prison Liverpool is a large and lofty room at the top of the old Walton Gaol. It’s a space that must hold some heartbreaking stories within its grim Victorian walls. But charity Good Vibrations has brought it to life with an unusual music project that fills it with the joyful sound of the gamelan, an Indonesian percussion orchestra …”

We are running family gamelan projects across England over the next five years, with funding from organisations such as The National Lottery, Arts Council England, The National Foundation for Youth Music, Evan Cornish Foundation and The Bromley Trust. These projects aim to support people in prison with their desistance journeys by helping them improve relationships with their families.

Read more here.

If you are are interested in this work, please contact to find out more.


Good Vibrations’ 2018-19 annual report and accounts

Good Vibrations’ 2018-19 annual report and accounts

We’re delighted to share our 2018-19 annual report and accounts – full of pictures, quotes, stats and infographics.

Find out more about the 729 participants we have helped over the last year from The Highlands to the Isle of Wight.

Learn more about our ambitions to double the number of people we support in prisons, secure hospitals and the community over the next three years.

Hear who are the stars behind Good Vibrations – our funders, supporters, volunteers, partners, and team who make this great work possible.


Good Vibrations in the Prison Service Journal

Good Vibrations in the Prison Service Journal

We are delighted to announce that an in-depth article about Good Vibrations has been published in a special edition of the Prison Service Journal which looks at the impact of the Arts in Prison.

Entitled “Music, Education and Opportunity”, the article has been written by our Executive Director, Katy Haigh and Dr. Laura Caulfield, Chair of the Institute for Community Research and Development at the University of Wolverhampton.

The article is a summary of the range of impacts our approach and use of gamelan music can bring about in prison settings and beyond.

It summarises the findings of the nine pieces of independent research of Good Vibrations which have been carried out over the years.  These research evaluations have consistently found positive outcomes for participants on Good Vibrations courses and have investigated the impact our interventions have had both with the general prison population and on women, older men, young offenders, and men convicted of sexual offences.

For more information and to read the article – which starts on page 33 – please follow the link here.

Creative Scotland and the Spirit of Hope

Creative Scotland and the Spirit of Hope

We are delighted to announce that Creative Scotland has awarded us with £33,800 to grow our highly successful Resonate project in Glasgow in 2018 and ’19. This project will see us work once again with the city’s beautiful Spirit of Hope gamelan orchestra to support communities with different abilities and needs to integrate more closely through shared creative experiences.

We are indebted to funders such as Creative Scotland, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The Henry Smith Charity who have given financial support to enable this highly impactful project to take place over the last few years, and we also want to thank those organisations and individuals who have given donations, given their time, and shared their resources in support of Resonate.

We will be up and running again from May 2018! Contact to find out more about taking part in:

  • Thursday afternoon gamelan sessions in Campbell House (in the grounds of Gartnavel Hospital)
  • Week-long residencies combining expressive movement, gamelan, found sound and music technology (across the city)
Help us crowd-fund The Gamelan Project

Help us crowd-fund The Gamelan Project

We’re crowdfunding for our Gamelan Project – to raise £3,000 by the end of February to help us support 100s more people with complex needs in 2018 through the impactful and unique medium of gamelan music-making. You can help by donating a few pounds (or whatever you can) on our crowd-funding site here It’s quick and easy to do, and through the power of people and every one giving just a little, we’ll achieve our goal!

Thank you, and should you want to know more about our work, why not watch this heart-warming clip we’ve put together? It’s full of beautiful photos of just some of the people we’ve worked with over recent years, and recaps on the impact our work is having.

Since 2003, our gamelan projects have been bringing joy to 1000s of people in challenging circumstances across the UK – from Falmouth to The Isle of Sheppey to Nottingham to Glasgow. The use of gamelan and our special ‘Good Vibrations’ approach has supported people to:

  • Develop communication skills
  • Become more confident
  • Recognise their abilities and hidden potential
  • Get better at team-working and more comfortable in groups
  • Overcome anxieties and develop coping mechanisms
  • Develop openness and tolerance
  • Move into further learning and work – including as part of our team

We work with war veterans, people with disabilities, asylum-seekers and refugees, people convicted of offences, the long-term unemployed, people with mental health conditions, and more …


Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

We were delighted to be part of the amazing Crisis at Christmas volunteer effort in London on the 25th and 27th December, an event that provides help for homeless people at a critical time of year.

Good Vibrations’ facilitator, Kieran Plunkett, and Collin Chace, from Core Arts, volunteered two days’ of their time to run music production workshops as part of this event. We are extremely grateful to them. Kieran is also the bassist in punk band, The Restarts, and Collin is lead singer in electronic soul and world pop grooves band, Juha.

During this multi-day event, homeless Londoners could take part as guests in a wide variety of activities. They could experience workshops in yoga, creative writing, and music-making, and they could get their hair cut, have a dental appointment, get benefits advice, and develop their computer skills. Kieran and Collin’s Good Vibrations music sessions, attended by 16 people, gave guests the opportunity to sing and freestyle on a vocal PA, and to produce their own tracks.  Participants were mainly men, and many of them had complex needs.

This track is by DJ Crisis,, a stunning guest who took part in our workshops. Having worked as a DJ spinning vinyl in the past, and coming from a family of dance music producers, he used Garageband to create this track on an iPad – his first foray into creating original electronic music.

If you’d like to get involved next Christmas, get in touch with Crisis to tell them about your idea. Find out more:

Daisy Beau – the human jukebox

Daisy Beau – the human jukebox

In autumn 2017, we ran the 2017 Bill Bailey Fundraising Award competition. The aim was for entrants to come up with creative ways to raise money for Good Vibrations, and winners received lots of Bill Bailey goodies – tour tickets, signed photos etc. – plus the accolade of winning the award.

We are thrilled to announce that Daisy Beau was the winner of The 2017 Platinum Bill Bailey Fundraising Award. Daisy raise hundreds of pounds for Good Vibrations and the judges were highly impressed by her fun and innovative human juke box fundraiser, which generated a lot of new interest in our work and impact.

To hear some of the tracks she performed, visit: – For a Radiohead number – for Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Thanks Daisy for your fantastic achievements!

Good Vibrations’ new 2016-17 annual report

Good Vibrations’ new 2016-17 annual report

We are delighted to share our new 2016-17 annual report and accounts with you. Full of photos, infographics and quotes, it tells you the story of the year, and sums up the impact our unique approach is having on people and institutions across the UK.

This report was generously designed at a reduced cost by graphic designer, Helen Davison at Ta-Da Designs. We are also very grateful to volunteer, Emily Meagher, for contributing to its content.

“I was anti-Jobcentre, but now I’m pleased with it” (A participant)

“I was anti-Jobcentre, but now I’m pleased with it” (A participant)

Good Vibrations is actively seeking to partner with more Jobcentre Plus branches, across the country, to support their long-term unemployed clients with disabilities and chronic health conditions to become more work-ready. Over the last two years, we have supported 36 men and women in this situation through projects run with Littlehampton, Bexhill, Hastings, Bognor Regis, and Worthing JCPs. We are an Approved Supplier on DWP’s Dynamic Purchasing System for Work-Focused Activities.

“The improvement in confidence is amazing. One guy never talked to anyone, except his wife before, and the way he spoke to the audience was incredible.” (A Work Coach)

Our approach is wonderfully innovative. It helps people: develop confidence; practice working as part of a team; and become more motivated. And the left-field medium we use – a tuned percussion orchestra from Indonesia – is accessible, levelling and playable by complete beginners.

”My new thing since gamelan is to say yes. I have fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalitis, which cause chronic pain and a host of other symptoms. I get anxious travelling further than my local town, experiencing new things and meeting new people. The gamelan course allowed me to overcome my fears. It helped me feel good about my abilities, instead of feeling useless. Since then I plan to do a Reiki course and have re-joined the local library, both of which are enormous steps for me.” (A participant)

But this isn’t really a music project; it’s about team-building and confidence-building. We use music as a way of connecting with people on a deep, meaningful level, and of supporting them to start seeing themselves with more positive self-identities. Then through creative activities, reflective conversations, and the putting on of a concert on the final day, we help participants to develop a range of transferable life and work skills.

“It was a very positive visit, with much evidence shown by participants of distance travelled towards the labour market.” (District Provision Manager)

Read more about some of our projects with long-term unemployed JCP customers here: Supplier Service Offer FactsheetV2.0. And why not get in touch with our Executive Director for a further discussion?