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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, https://soundcloud.com/loophole-music-1/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: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/christmas-volunteering-london/.

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