Inclusive Music Workshops – we run regular weekly sessions in three locations in London in Kensington, Lambeth and Hackney.
Outreach – we run outreach and training sessions in a range of community settings with partners in education and social care.
Special Events – we host mutli-arts celebrations of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our volunteers and participants including exhibitions, and music and theatrical performances
Presentations – we make presentations nationally and internationally for a range of Educational and Arts organisations
Instruments and Equipment – we provide a range of accessible instruments and ancillary equipment. These range from bespoke designs, commissioned and personalised for individuals, generic instruments designed for ease of use by anyone, and equipment ranges from multi-adjustable stands to assistive devices to improve access to the instruments
Joy of Sound is a registered charity based in London which has been operating since 2000. Currently around 30 volunteers across all our centres are supported by a core management team and our board of trustees.
Karen Morgan – Chair ….
Anna Marie Franklin
The inspiration for Joy Of Sound came from a chance meeting between JOS founder, William Longden, and Derek, a young man with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
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Derek was trying to play a very battered guitar that was not really functional. William offered Derek his own guitar, while he played a wooden flute. Suddenly there was an intense and joyful musical connection that happened without words. It was clear that Derek could share music given the opportunity and a viable instrument – he simply needed an instrument specially made to suit his unique requirements.
It was then that William realised that simply providing usable instruments and accessible workshops could create the opportunity for everybody and anybody to share in music making. This experience became the inspiration for this ground-breaking project that enables people with multiple disabilities, carers, volunteer musicians and artists, and all-comers, to make music together on an equal and inclusive basis, where there is a shared responsibility for success. This is fundamental to the JOS ethos.
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STATED AIMS :
To advance education in music and creative arts by the provision of facilities for the social inclusion and active participation of persons who are socially excluded as a result of ill-health, disability, age, sex, financial hardship or other social disadvantage..
To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreations or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
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Inclusion, Access, Authenticity, Rights
Co learning, Co creation, Communication, Trust and Resposibility
Diverse, multicultural, traditions, musical considerations, groupwork
JOS commissioned and had made a number of inclusively designed bespoke instruments, including Derek’s guitar and wheelchair presentable marimba and zither. These provide access for people whose participation in playing music would otherwise be limited.
Our innovative portfolio of instruments, funded by the Millennium Awards Scheme, are designed and manufactured through developing and facilitating relationships between co-learners, their families and key-workers, and instrument makers (postgraduate students in Design Research for Disability at London Metropolitan University as well as master instrument makers).
Commissions for new bespoke instruments from the Kensington and Chelsea Day Centre, and Lambeth centres funded by Arts Council England are now coming to a conclusion.
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TABERNACLE PRESENTATION EVENT
INCLUDE NEWER BESPOKE AND ADAPTED / JIM’S GUITAR
PARTNERSHIPS LONDON MET, MAKERS LIST,
MERU, Brainstorming, Stand, Strummer, Ricky’s
ONGOING RESEARCH Foot Strummer, 3D plectrums, Bow Assist,
LINK TO INSTRUMENTS PAGE
JOS has facilitated thousands of individuals with differing needs over the last seven years and estimate 70% being from BME communities and over 30% being wheelchair users.
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LOCATIONS HISTORY DEVELOPMENT– RBKC Scope Centre / Salvation Army in Notting Hill, Hackney locations
Typically the professionals around marginalised people are solely employed in care provision and family members who care are offered respite away from relatives. JOS workshops offer a different type of interaction and connection for co-learners and staff and a collective rest for family members and carers.
JOS blurs the boundaries between volunteer, co-learner, and carer, facilitating access to the communicative, cathartic and transformative possibilities of the arts. We have been growing exponentially and hope to reach thousands more individuals through hundreds of workshops and events over the next three years.
As we grow JOS are looking to pilot and roll-out workshops to other marginalised groups. Initially we see ‘the elderly’, ‘refugees’, ‘excluded / transitional children’ and ‘children with SEN’ as areas for potential group development, but we willing and able to undertake workshops with anybody.
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VOLUNTEERISM, PATHWAYS / KATIE – OTHERS?
MIND in Bexley 2014 ADD HORNIMAN OBJECT BASED LEARNING
BRIGHTON, CROYDON, HOUNSLOW, RHND PUTNEY 2014, ROOTS & SHOOTS, TABERNACLE, WDS FAMILY DAY
FESTIVALS – LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW – festival of culture 2012 – Cultivate – other dates?
PLAY GROUPS – OTHER SPIN OFFS?
We have just run our tenth training course, recently including a combined arts approach,
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DATES OF PREVIOUS ST P. – ORIGINAL SERIES OF 10 DATE? LAMBETH STAFF, IMPACT ASSESSMENT
COMBINED ARTS 2011, DANCE TRAINING 2014?
London Creativity and Wellbeing Week June 21st 2013 at St Peters Heritage Centre, Vauxhall SE11 5HY partnership with Lambeth Arts and London Arts in Health Forum
Inclusive Practice Steering Group Spring 2012
Inclusive Arts Practices Awareness and Skills Share Day 2013
INCLOODU 2013 / 14?
NO LIMITS / LHC 2008, WAYS TO WELLBEING 2014
2018 ARTS ON PRESCRIPTION
St BARNABAS/ St PETERS
Mayday 1 & 2 , Sensorium 10 year, Redmond, Between, Fragile, Gamelan, Giraffe, Vesna / Hannah, Katie
LIST OF VIDEOS AND MUSIC, LINK TO MEDIA PAGE
Following William Longden’s visits to Slovakia’s ‘Divaldo z Pasaze’ and sessions with music students from Bjelovar, Croatia, our work in Eastern Europe has continued with a week of workshops in Poland in 2009, and work in Sarajevo.
A team of 6 made the trip to Warsaw to facilitate a week of workshops fas part of an arts event ‘Strefa Otwarta’ (‘Open Zone’). A series of workshops were hosted by a local day centre and Dom Kultury Rakoviec.
In Sarajevo a team of three ran a workshop for local disability groups, with students from the Sarajevo Academy Design department, Musicians Without Borders and others attending.
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GUIA BELGIUM (Brussels) 1-4/3 POLAND, GERMANY (Emden) 2-5/5 CROATIA, TURKEY, August N. IRELAND, ROMANIA (Bucharest)18-22/9, UK (London) 27-30/10, CZECH REP. (Prague) 7-11/11
JOS won the 2008 London Health Commission award for Mental-Health and Well-Being, and used some of that funding for staff and volunteer development
In 2009 JOS won the VolontEurope ‘Active Citizens of Europe’ Award, recognising the outstanding input that JOS has had from over 700 volunteers during it’s first decade. Three of the JOS team visited Sarajevo to attend a conference and the award ceremony.
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LIST OF FUNDERS GRANTS REC’D
Applications are in progress for new funding for instruments and research from the Arts Council and further funding from Awards for all expand international work.
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