International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8th.
Take a look at events planned. Keep up to date with what is happening on the International Women’s Day – Nuneaton and Bedworth Face Book Page.
Every one got the chance to share their thoughts on what would make an amazing local Day through Ideas Factories organised by our own Dawn Nicholls. More importantly people pledged their support to help make it happen!
Over a 1/4 of people with disabilities don’t have control over their own lives. They have fewer friends, less paid work and society can have lower expectations of what they are able to do.
The Coventry Youth Activists wanted to get their voices heard in a fun and engaging way. So what could be better then to capture people’s thoughts on a sofa ‘crowd-sourced’ with the help of our friends at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire?
Last week they turned Grapevine HQ into a production line for their event…T-shirts, banners, and the sofa were branded with their colours.
On Tuesday 20th Feb they shared their message with Coventry. People listened and more importantly joined in. Afterwards they rewarded themselves with ice cream – the perfect end to a busy day of campaigning!
Atherstone Speaking Up group visited Atherstone Leisure Centre
They met with Peter Wheaton, Leisure Facilities Manager for North Warwickshire Borough Council, and some of the team.
Some of the group are regular users of the gym so gave Peter some feedback about what’s great about it, like friendly staff. But some of the group had not been in before and they explained their reasons – not being able to see signs about what’s on offer, for example.
They really enjoyed their time and felt that it helped Peter and the team to understand how to improve the service for everyone.
Peter said ” The outcomes from the session will enhance the more general experience for the whole community which is a real positive outcome”.
FYI – Details of the Coventry Youth Activists first event. We hope to #CYAonthesofa
Coleman has started working alongside Alex on the Accelerate team. That means we can now help more people wanting paid work.
Coleman and Chloe have been working with our Teenvine buddies to explore how to help friendships bloom between young people with and without disabilities.
If you would like to find out more about what else they get up to, keep an eye out on their FaceBook page
#UKCharityWeek is always held within the first full week of December, which in 2017 means 4th-10th December.
Let’s celebrate all that’s good about charities in the UK and say a BIG thanks to those who support them.
Here’s a bit about us and the work we do…
Update from Grapevine Empowerment Service
On the 28th November, people in Polesworth met with staff from Grapevine and staff from Warwickshire County Council to talk about the Changing Places Campaign.
“The Changing Places Consortium launched its campaign in 2006 on behalf of the over 1/4 of a million people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as older people.
To use the toilet in safety and comfort, many people need to be able to access a Changing Places, which have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.”
The people in Polesworth spoke up about the difference it would make to their daily lives to be able to go out without worrying about getting caught short!
We know there is a great need for accessible toilets in Warwickshire towns, and the good news is that Warwickshire County Council has some money to put some in.