Nuneaton Library officially opened its first Let’s Make Space this week and our Warwickshire Empowerment Service team was there to join in the fun.
3D printing, virtual reality, robots, a theatrical performance and celebratory cake combined to make an enjoyable launch for everyone involved.
Let’s Make Spaces will sit within Nuneaton and Rugby libraries – the latter also opening very soon – offering people of all ages the opportunity to discover new technologies together and learn how to use their digital skills in exciting, innovative ways.
People with learning disabilities from our Warwickshire service helped the County Council design Nuneaton’s creative space so that more people from different walks of life can make full use of the free facility.
It is hoped the project will get more young people interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) and start to build skills that could help their future job prospects in these areas.
This partnership between Grapevine and Warwickshire successfully connected people with learning disabilities to a local service they might not otherwise have used and has also provided them with the chance to contribute to its design, guaranteeing equal access (and enjoyment!) for everyone.
For the second event celebrating IWD in Nuneaton, Mel from Escape Arts led an art session with folk at the Ramsden Centre.
The group had great fun with paints, brushes, stamps and sponges to create a piece of artwork to be displayed at a series of IWD events over the next two weeks.
We are proud to say lots of mess was made, laughter filled the room and everyone enjoyed the experience.
The session was made possible by Dawn from Grapevine Empowerment Service and Maxine who is the Community Development officer for Nuneaton and Wembroook. It was a great example of partnership working within the local community.
Find out what else is going on and how you can get involved.
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”.
“Accelerate is a free employment support service that can build your confidence, give you training, improve your skills and provide valuable work experience – all geared towards helping you find a job that suits you.
We specialise in supporting people who would like to work but for various reasons find it hard to get a job and enjoy all the benefits that employment brings. We offer practical help to deal with problems that have been holding you back including covering the costs of childcare and subsidised travel while you’re accessing our service.
Accelerate is a partnership of 23 local organisations providing co-ordinated employment support to people who are at a disadvantage when looking for work.
Our partnership includes training providers, charities, housing associations, disability support, women’s only services, wellbeing and mental health organisations, enterprise start-up, childcare providers, local authorities, community radio and employer networks.
* Helping those furthest from the labour market towards and into employment
* Providing the means through which disadvantaged people become job ready
* Assisting participants to access learning, training and job opportunities
* Enabling participants to overcome barriers to employment
* Supporting those with complex barriers move closer to employment
* Providing holistic support including financial inclusion, employment skills and basic skills
* Targeted, flexible and individualised support
* Connection across the partnership
* Geographically accessible
* Connected partnership, ensuring participants access full range of services
Key target groups:
People who are unemployed or economically inactive including but not limited to:
* Lone parents
* Non-custodial offenders/ex-offenders
* People with physical and mental ill health
* BAME communities
* People with substance misuse issues
* People needing basic literacy and numeracy skills
* People with ESOL needs
* People with disabilities
Grapevine’s Accelerate team mainly work with people with a learning disability but we can refer people on to other Accelerate partners.”