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by Amanda Cooper BA,
MA Radio Production Student,
Arts and Health
of the 2009
Active Citizens of
of the 2008
Mental Health and
of Sound (JOS)
is an inclusive music and creative arts project that provides workshops
and equipment to enable anybody, regardless of their abilities and
dexterity, to enjoy taking part in music making and other arts
The aims of JOS are to:
improved mental health and well-being
a joyful, non-judgmental space for individual creativity and equal
new opportunities for learning and career development
To achieve these goals, JOS offers:
weekly / fortnightly group music making sessions
/ half day workshops and presentations for events, festivals and
in inclusive workshop leading techniques
on inclusive design
training and development
of bespoke and adapted instruments for individuals
is now in its 14th year of
development, and the JOS team of experienced inclusive workshop
facilitators are skilled
across the spectrum of creative arts practice and delivery.
JOS maintains an ongoing program of
research into bespoke and adapted musical instrument design and
inclusive workshop techniques.
Joy Of Sound runs training sessions at various
times in the year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for news and updates on next
TSB Foundation confirm their support
is absolutely delighted to have received news from the Lloyds
TSB Foundation for England and Wales, confirming their
support of Joy of Sound activities, until October 2015.
This support will allow development of project potential, generate new
opportunities and outreach work, as well as new inclusive instrument
design initiatives. We are looking forward to progressing with planned
changes that will benefit, not only JOS participants, but the wider
community as well.
London Community Foundation
JOS team is delighted and excited to receive
support from The London Community Foundation Wellbeing and Happiness
grants scheme, that will enable JOS to present a new series of
combined art workshops, working with participants dealing with mental
health issues. For more information contact:
We will be updating the JOS website with
further details soon.
JOS Volunteers are encouraged to assist with all aspects of workshop
set up and delivery including: preparation of workshop space, music
instruments cleaning, preparation, tuning , stringing and minor repairs
- work with workshops facilitator/s delivering sessions - assist post
session clearance and pack up - attend after session informal
debriefing sessions in situ or at a local cafe.
Volunteers will be introduced to - and invited to actively participate
in all aspects of JOS improvisational music making sessions that
involves the gradual experiential learning of JOS inclusive approaches
to vocal and instrumental improvisation. People with previous music
making experience, new and none players are all equally welcome and
able to join in, and to make a valuable contribution. Training and
mentoring will be given.
If you wish, after your first introductory session, a member of the JOS
team will be available to speak with you by telephone - or at an
arranged meeting - to discuss any matters arising
from your experience, and towards your potential continuum as an
occasional or regular JOS Volunteer. An open, respectful, and
inclusive social nature - willingness, enthusiasm and commitment to
co-creative learning by experience - humanitarianism, the ability to
undertake one or more of the duties mentioned above, punctuality and
dependability, creative and exploratory nature, commitment to equality
and the ability to laugh at yourself are all characteristics that might
serve you and become enhanced in Volunteering with JOS
- and of course any others that you bring to share will be
On 9th November 2013 Joy of Sound was invited to provide inclusive
music workshops at INCLOODU - London's first ever
Festival of Deaf Arts at Rich Mix. 12 JOS volunteers co-facilitated
three exiting, moving and memorable inclusive music workshops and
shared an amazing experience.
BIM AJADI, a deaf film-maker, and
Therese Garratty, recorded the sessions in a manner that captures their
natural warmth and beauty expressed in colours, tones, textures, and
interactive energies - and in a manner that portrays the qualities of
sound, silence, vibration and atmospherics that were experienced by the
broad spectrum of hearing and none hearing people that participated.
you INCLOODU for inviting JOS, and BIM for
your lovely film.
you would like to support Joy of Sound with a donation
Old Instruments or Equipment?
are always on the lookout for instruments - perhaps you have an old
guitar or fiddle stored in an attic or garage? If so, please contact us
- any type, age or condition considered!