TeenVine Plus Family Get Together

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.

Coleman telling his story

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!

If you would like to find out more about our TeenVine Plus Project follow along on FaceBook or Twitter



Dad’s movement

Tim Jacques wants to start a conversation about how we work with dads.

‘The first time we met, Neal was leaning on the gate to our allotment project with a mate. He stank of weed and, hands down trousers, weighed me up through half open eyes.

My choice was clear: faced with a man like Neal – the depth of the chaos, the ‘hardness’ – do I try to go deep or do I stay on the surface? Am I ready for how much he will share and how much he will need from me?

I chose to become a constant in Neal’s life, a safe place where he was free from judgment.

He showed me a life with very little room for love or compassion. I saw not an angry and intimidating man but a scared little boy who had been through the care system himself, whose own feelings and experiences were controlling how he was now.

As the allotment project and our relationship unfolded a core group of men emerged that formed the Goodfather, an action group coming together to raise funds and plan camping trips for other dads on the estate.

I began to see facets of his character that he kept hidden. His capacity for mental arithmetic was staggering. He could plan and organise the logistics of taking seventy dads and children camping for the weekend with ease.

Resolving issues with dads like Neal can feel like untangling a kite string. You manage to untie a really big knot then something happens and it’s just as knotted as it was before. At the time it’s daunting, intimidating, seemingly chaotic.

Fathers like Neal experienced deep trauma in their childhoods and then go on to raise their own children often repeating the same mistakes. It’s a cycle that’s difficult to break and all too often services focus on the symptoms – the dirty house, chaotic life styles, the substance misuse.

We need to design new ways to be with dads and to help them. I want to discover what it would take for us to work alongside them consistently for much longer periods of time, building relationships that are based on honesty, trust and openness where Dads feel safe enough to ask for the help they really need.

Together we can break these cycles.’

You can join Tim by emailing tim_jacques@hotmail.co.uk or 07834 547571.

Connecting Parents At The Bingo

Connecting Parents
The Connecting Parents Group Have Bingo-ing Mad!

Andrea and Claire have shared their near win story and their fab photos from yesterday’s Connecting Parents meet up. Organised by one of the parents they got their heads down, just missing out on claiming the full house prize with unlucky number 39! They enjoyed it so much they will be making this a regular event. Key an eye out on their Face Book page for details

Rights In Public Law Education

Assessment and support procedures for disabled adults, including those  transitioning into adulthood: Friday 22nd September at Grapevine

The latest session run by Central England Law Centre Rights In Public Law Education project is on Friday 22nd September. RIPLE helps groups of people who need health and/or social care services know their rights.

Kyla from Grapevine is helping their solicitor Emma to run group sessions for people with learning disabilities and their families. So far they have focused on rights of those aged 14 and over to Annual Health Checks. The call to action from this session was to make contact with your GP to check if they are signed up to deliver Learning Disability Health checks and to confirm that their family member/person they care for is on the Learning Disability register.

If you would like to come along to the next one on Friday 22nd September, or if you need any more details please get in touch with Kyla on 02476631040 Kcraig@grapevinecovandwarks.org
http://covlaw.org.uk 02476 253179

Independent Support for ‘SEN’ families

Do you have a child with SEN? Have you heard of Education, Health and Care Plans?

We can help you make sense of the Education, Health and Care Plans either for your review or transfer from Statement. Our service is free for families.

Contact our Independent Support Programme Manager Naomi Baker to find out how we can help you on 024 76 631040 ext 111 or email nbaker@grapevinecovandwarks.org

The Gruffalo and other stories

Welcome to Sally –  our resident teacher who is going to be sharing fun ideas of how to support your child’s reading skills.

Sally is happy to answer questions and give hints and tips on how to help your child learn. So let’s start her off – what is your child’s favourite story? The Gruffalo is one of mine! Come and join us over at Andrea and Claire Connecting Parents.