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Joy of Sound - inclusive arts and music project

Saint Barnabas Church,
off Homerton High Street,
E9 6DL
Telephone: 07906 916524 (William)
07848 242516 (Katia)


Who we are…

Joy of Sound (JOS) is an inclusive arts project established in 2000 that has been running regular inclusive workshops with attendance from thousands people of all ages and abilities. Many volunteers have dedicated their time and energy to help facilitate workshops and events.

Joy of sound volunteers bring people together as co-creators to enjoy music and arts. Through these activities, we share the many personal, social, health and wellbeing benefits that inclusive society can bring.

We use inclusively designed and made instruments to help individuals, who might otherwise be excluded from the creative arts, to make music.

Our sessions benefit everyone:

  • Those with SEN (special educational needs) and or disabled participants with sensory or physical impairments benefit and taking part in sessions that helps them overcome frustration, improve motor skills and promotes social skills development.
  • Carers and support staff benefit by gaining fresh motivation, enhancing professional practice and personal development and connecting with others.
  • Volunteers are provided with pathways to help achieve personal goals and aspirations and are integral and valued contributors to our services.

Watch a short film of one of our events...

Sensorium 2010 - our tenth anniversary celebration event from Joy of Sound on Vimeo.

What we do…

Joy of Sound workshops and events…

  • Regular weekly workshops
  • Day / half day workshops and presentations for events, festivals and conferences
  • One-to-one facilitation
  • Outreach in London and more widely throughout the UK and Internationally

Training and inclusive design consultancy…

  • Bespoke and adapted musical instruments
  • A team of experienced inclusive workshop facilitators skilled across the spectrum of creative arts practice and delivery
  • Training for settings and organisations in inclusive workshop facilitation techniques and approaches
  • Consultation on inclusive music instruments and access equipment design
  • Staff & volunteer training and development

 We offer inclusive volunteer pathways. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please get in touch.

Record Last Updated on: 05/03/2020

Time / Date Details

Time of day

  • Morning

Session Information

Tuesdays 11am - 12pm

Other Details


£5 minimum donation

Who is eligible?

All ages and all abilities welcome.  

Sessions are participatory for all participants including care and
support givers as creative respite.

Referral required?


What to do if you have a complaint

We have a feedback button on the main page of our website (top right

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?


SEND Personal Budget - Notes

If you are using an direct payment or personal budget we can arrange online transfers for advance payments.

How to Get Here

Busses: 236, 242, 276, 308, 394, 425, 488, W15

Train: Homerton Overground 

Disabled parking available 

One accessible parking space immediately in front of the building

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