Grapevine is a resourceful organisation working with people facing tough times

What we do

Too many people live on the edge of coping. They never open up their prospects of a better life. It’s wrong. That’s why we’re here. We help people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage to build better lives.

Often they’re entangled in a system that’s not helping them. With Grapevine they can press the pause button, recover and become resilient.

We know that with enough hope and insight people can take control and turn their lives around.

But we don’t stop there. We’re proud of working in different and exciting ways that sees groups and whole neighbourhoods make big changes too.

We’re based in Coventry and Warwickshire, but work across the region and nationally, helping for example disabled people, young people, parents, families, migrants and local neighbourhoods.

Our values

We’re brave, creative and passionate about our work because we know that working this way can give new life.

  • Connections matter – services can’t always be there, but other people can. Many people facing difficult times don’t have the support of strong networks – Grapevine helps people find, develop and grow networks.
  • Everyone has something to offer – Grapevine can help people find others who will welcome their contribution. Often people are stigmatised, labelled and just seen as having needs – that’s wrong.
  • A good life is a life that grows and changes –  too many people live on the edge of coping and never open up their prospects of a better life.
  • We all need the chance to learn from our mistakes – we have to stick with people even when that’s hard. We also have to think about what we are learning as staff and how we need to change too.
  • Too often paid professionals think they know what’s best. But at Grapevine, we stand together with the people we support – we don’t take over. We stand behind people and try to see the world through their eyes.
  • We value passion. We believe in what we do and we believe in what other people can do. We go where need is greatest, bringing a dynamic flexibility and a belief in the ability of communities and individuals to thrive.

Feedback

“The movement we’ve seen in Coventry is revolutionising public health. We can’t wait to see what Grapevine do next!”

The Social Change Agency, June 2017

“After attending a fabulous Innovation Factory Training, I felt motivated…I found it very difficult, but I found my story.”

Ju Walton-Evans, Feb 2017

“I would highly rate Grapevine which is why I am currently in my fourth year contracting with them to deliver “Independent Support” on behalf of the Department of Education. They have developed and trailed new ways of working with families and young people where the outcomes have built confidence and resilience. The Grapevine approach has also been showcased by government as exemplary practice.”

Martin Bull, Assistant Director and Independent Support programme manager, National Children’s Bureau June 2017

“Grapevine builds on the strengths, networks and family support people already have, to help them change their own lives.”

Lisa Nandy MP, then Shadow Minister for Civil Society, Guardian Newspaper February 2014

“The kids make friends between themselves, that never happens. Normally they’re only ever brought together when the services want to give them the same treatment, like anger management or something. You don’t make friends like that.”

Parents of special school pupils on ‘Wave Rave’.

“Grapevine is a dynamic and innovative small organisation which works with an obvious passion for its service users and communities.  It has shown excellent standards in all areas.”

Kevin Smith, Quality assessor from NCVO 2015

“What is outstanding about Grapevine and the team is that they deliver over and above the contracts expectations and have a really healthy attitude to partnership engagement and working across health and social care and wider community and work at breaking down barriers and promoting integration, which is entirely the approach we endorse at NHS England.”

Ranjit Senghera, Senior Manager Equalities and Health Inequalities and National Lead for Inclusion Health. NHS England, 2014

“The Primary Care Awareness session was a massive success. The evaluations are fantastic. There were so many positive comments about Grapevine. One of the best thing about your support is that so many people who attend have said they are going to change the way they do things back at their GP Practice.”

Health Specialist Nurse, Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust Learning Disability Service 2017

“Since her hate crime assault Sarah said ‘I needed some support to know what to do. I was scared and stopped going places.’ Since attending sessions she feels safe to go out again, meet new people and has the skills to cope.  “I’m now confident and understand more about hate crime and what to do if it happened again.”