Purpose and confidence can transform lives. We know this but how do we know that what we’re doing has a positive, sustainable effect on people and communities?
Helping for the sake of helping can sometimes result in ‘bad help’ that offers short term fixes and fails to hand the reins back to individuals when they’re ready to take over.
This is what the Good Help Project hopes to clarify. The brainchild of Nesta, a global innovation foundation that backs new ideas to tackle big challenges, the project is bringing together case studies from all over the UK to help create a ‘good practice guide for good help’.
Grapevine is one of those case studies – alongside organisations such as The Stroke Association, British Lung Foundation, Mayday Trust, Whizz Kidz and many more. We’ve shared how our work in supporting young people with learning disabilities and the communities in which they live aims to enable everyone to get free of service dependency.
Clare spoke at the launch event in early February and hopes this project might signal a sea-change in the way social programmes are designed and delivered. The project’s seven characteristics of ‘good help’ will also provide public services with a barometer check on how they’re currently delivering these programmes.
Clare will also judge the forthcoming ‘Good Help Awards’ to search out the best of the best in services that are helping people take action.
Read more here: https://www.nesta.org.uk/project/good-help
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!
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
Yesterday Molly and Niamh chatted to Viv Minett about our TeenVine Plus Project and Coventry Youth Activists
They are on the look out for a sofa, preferably on wheels for an event they are hosting in the City Centre on Tuesday 20th February called ‘CYA on the Sofa’
Listen in to the show to find out more details and to see how you can get involved, tune in at 1hr 14mins
If you can help with the sofa call or email Molly
In no particular order: Soup, dreams, families and a working microphone – Key ingredients for a successful get together.
Last night at Backhaus & Co there was a gathering of families brought together by our TeenVine Plus team.
We challenged them to think about the moral of the story told by Coleman.
This set the scene for us to think about dreaming big for the lives of the TeenVine Plus young people.
One of the young people, Jacob, who is also one of our Coventry Youth Activis
ts, shared that his dream was to see and feel fairness. We couldn’t agree more!
Coventry Youth Activists are looking to expand their team
Coventry Youth Activists are a group of young people who are passionate about making change happen.
Their aim is to bring disabled and non-disabled young people together to lead on campaigns and make sure everyone’s voice is heard.
If you are aged 13-18 and interested in getting involved please get in touch with Molly at Grapevine on 0247631040 or email@example.com
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