Who we are

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is of a safer and more-empathetic UK, where vulnerable people, including those convicted of offences, are given the chance to become valued members of society, and to forge fulfilling, constructive lives. Although a charity of our size can only play a small role, we believe that through our direct delivery and our advocacy we can promote and, in part, realise this vision.

As a result of our vision, our mission is to inspire vulnerable people with complex needs to see what they are capable of, to motivate them, and to give them the tools to build more positive futures.

We do this through communal music-making projects that: grow confidence and motivation; support the development of transferable life and work skills; help people become more engaged in learning and constructive activity; improve well-being; enable people to see themselves with positive self-identities and positive futures; and develop musical skills.

We have a reputation for being professional and effective, particularly when working with individuals with extremely complex needs, whom other interventions have failed to engage.

  • Bill Bailey, Lord Ramsbotham and Rahayu Supanggah are our patrons
  • We’re a Registered UK Learning Provider and recognised OCN Qualification Centre
  • We were awarded National High Secure Prison Effective Intervention Status in 2010

Our origins

The BBC made this video about our founder, Cathy Eastburn, and Good Vibrations as part of their 100 Women Series.

In 2003, Cathy started attending gamelan classes at London’s Southbank Centre. She was struck by the transformative potential of this Indonesian bronze percussion orchestra and decided to take it to some of the most marginalised people in the UK: prisoners.

With the support of Lincolnshire charity, The Firebird Trust, Cathy delivered week-long gamelan pilots in HMP Brixton, HMP Glen Parva, HMP Wakefield, HMP The Wolds and HMP Nottingham. The courses were highly successful, and over the next five years, Cathy fundraised for and co-ordinated 53 more prison gamelan projects. Two independent research publications (by Cambridge and Birmingham City Universities) concluded that the projects were making significant positive impacts, so, in 2008, Good Vibrations became a registered charity to grow this work and help many more people.