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Exploring Good Vibrations projects with vulnerable and challenging women in prison

This research involved 26 women who had successfully completed a Good Vibrations project, finding that:

  • for women in prison, taking part in a Good Vibrations project can reduce anger, worry, and levels of unhappiness, and improve social skills
  • reductions in anger, worry, and unhappiness may be sustained in the weeks ... read on →

    Author Laura Caulfield (Bath Spa University)

    Published December 2015

    Artform Music

    Organisation Good Vibrations

    Participant type Female Adult Offenders

  • Evaluation of the use of 'Good Vibrations' percussion courses to improve motivation to change and treatment readiness with convicted sexual offenders embarking on treatment programmes

    Previous research has highlighted the benefits of implementing music-centred interventions in correctional settings. The present study used a mixed method approach to explore prisoners’ experiences of a week-long Indonesian percussion music course, introduced in a UK sex offender prison to enhance motivation and readiness for change pre-treatment. Study one examined ... read on →

    Authors Nicholas Blagden, Helen Elliott, Jessica Faulkner, Rebecca Lievesley, Verena Sperling, Belinda Winder (Nottingham Trent University)

    Published December 2015

    Artform Music

    Organisation Good Vibrations   Project venue Whatton

    Participant type Male Adult Offenders

    Evaluation Report: Community Exchange project between detainees at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre and young people at West London YMCA

    The report explores the project’s impacts on participants’ wellbeing and resilience, awareness and understanding, and musical skills. Based on observations, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups, it contains a wealth of detail about the creative process and the experience of participants. The report also looks at the project as an example of ... read on →

    Author Katie Bruce (National Foundation for Youth Music)

    Published July 2015

    Artform Music

    Organisations Music in Detention, Sound Connections   Project venue Harmondsworth IRC

    Participant type Male Adult Detainees, Male and Female Young Young People at risk

    A Narrative-Based Evaluation of 'Changing Tunes' Music-Based Prisoner Reintegration Interventions

    The report explains the results of exploratory research into the work of the prison based charity Changing Tunes, which uses music both within and also outside prison with offenders and ex offenders. Evidence revealed that the pro social impact on the participants came as a result both of participation in ... read on →

    Authors Jo Cursley, Shadd Maruna

    Published January 2015

    Artform Music

    Organisation Changing Tunes   Project venues Eastwood Park, Leyhill, Winchester

    Participant type Male and Female Adult Ex offenders, Male and Female Adult Offenders, Male and Female Adult Staff

    The Arts of Desistance: Evaluation of the Koestler Trust Arts Mentoring Programme for Former Prisoners

    This report presents and discusses the findings of an evaluation of an arts-based mentoring scheme that is aimed at prolonging and enhancing desistance from crime through providing former prisoners with opportunities to continue engaging with the arts after release. The evaluation focused both on the implementation and effectiveness of the ... read on →

    Author Leonidas Cheliotis (London School of Economics)

    Published October 2014

    Artforms Creative Writing, Multi-Arts, Music, Visual Arts

    Organisation Koestler Trust   Project venues Parc, Peterborough

    Participant type Male and Female Adult Ex offenders

    Sample size: 60

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