Who we are
Good Vibrations is an award-winning national charity using communal-music making to support people in challenging circumstances with additional needs.
We support people to:
- Develop transferable life and work skills
- Become more engaged in learning
- Improve their well-being
- Develop confidence and motivation
- See themselves with positive self-identities and positive futures
Good Vibrations has demonstrated the way it can win the confidence of people from all backgrounds and work with them to achieve outcomes that they could never have expected… For me the most important benefits are the building of a more positive sense of self and the creation of optimism about what might be achieved in the future
Peter Wright, Director of Forensic Services at Nottinghamshire NHS Mental Healthcare Trust
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
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, as a hobby. She was struck by the transformative potential of this Indonesian bronze percussion orchestra and so 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, so 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 to help far more people.