Good Vibrations exists to run gamelan (Indonesian bronze percussion) workshops in prisons as a way of helping prisoners develop crucial life and work skills such as how to communicate, how to work as a team, concentration and problem solving. Gamelan is particularly suited to doing this for a number of reasons. In particular, it is very accessible – you don’t need to have any previous musical experience and a novice group will quickly get good results. Secondly, it is a very communal form of music: there is no conductor or leader, everyone’s contribution is equally important, and the music only works if everyone listens to everyone else to fit their own part in.
Since it was set up in 2003, Good Vibrations has worked in 24 different establishments (prisons of all kinds, plus secure hospitals) and with over 1600 different individuals. Independent research confirms that our projects help people improve crucial skills like teamworking and communication, increase people's engagement with mainstream prison education and other constructive activities, improve prisoner-staff relations, and increase people's self-esteem and motivation to address their problems.
Established: October 2008
Registered Charity Number: 1126493
Phone number: 020 7993 6011View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website