Long term support
Keep in Touch Programme
We are deeply committed to supporting our participants, post-course, and endeavour to give former participants the best opportunities within our sphere of expertise and to direct them to further areas of support, beyond our remit.
We support former participants through our Keep in Touch Programme. At the end of each course we ask participants if they want to join this programme, and then we connect with them regularly through e-newsletters:
- Offering them access to our Bursary Scheme to develop their musical skills
- Inviting them to join our Participant Advisory Group
- Reminding them about our Opportunities Database, which recommends further courses, work-related activities, and support
- Inviting them to take part in further Good Vibrations courses
- Asking them to reflect back on their Good Vibrations experience, and their journey post-course
Our Opportunities Database
Click here to access our new online Opportunities Database. It’s full of recommended arts courses, work-related activities, and organisations offering specialised support, and we’ve add a simple filter to it, to let you narrow down your search.
We love reconnecting with past-participants and hearing how they are doing. So, if you were on one of our courses, why not get in touch? We’re really happy to give you further one-to-one support, if we can help.
- Perhaps you’ve got ideas for how we could do things better?
- Maybe you’d like to find out more about our bursary scheme?
- Perhaps you’d like to get involved and ‘give back’ to Good Vibrations in some way?
Good Vibrations inspired me to want to learn more about music, and when I returned home, I applied to do music at the University of Sheffield. I was accepted on the course and have now graduated with a 2.1 degree… I now hope to find a career as part of a team which uses music to help people in prisons and in the community.
A participant who become one of our facilitators, 2011
Thank you for sending me the information on the mindfulness course. I shall definitely be contacting them; as you know my new thing since gamelan is to ‘say yes’… [Your course] gave me a real sense of achievement… Since then I plan to do a Reiki course and have re-joined the local library, which are enormous steps for me… Thank you for all your help and support.
A participant, 2015
Good Vibrations gave me focus and a chance to escape the suffocating surroundings of the justice system. They supported me throughout and whenever they could, offered me chances to use skills I had but felt I could no longer use. I was useful again. That gave me a reason to move on. When things went bad they supported me and helped me get back to my feet. They didn’t turn their back on me or judge me. It was that kind of support that help me to truly turn my life around. They made me feel valued and needed.
A participant, 2018
We were delighted to see a past participant, Errol, out and about performing his spoken word pieces at an Open Mic Night in London in 2017 – a year after he created this piece with us https://soundcloud.com/goodvibrations-org/errols-poem.
In this clip, one of our past-participant trainees, Mark is improvising with other gamelan players and dancers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMl577vW4EE
Daniel came to one of our gamelan courses in Bognor Regis in 2016. A few months later he got in touch to share a remix he’d done of a piece he’d made on the course: https://soundcloud.com/goodvibrations-org/remix-of-bognor-project-cd-by-participant-daniel-mccole