International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2018
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!

#CYAonthesofa Success

Disability FactOver 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!

Campaigners after a busy day


Atherstone Speaking Up Group

Speaking Up Group
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”.

Coventry Youth Activists LIVE on the BBC

Yesterday Molly and Niamh chLive On Airatted 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

Save The Date!

Save The Date
Coventry Youth Activists are planning their first event to celebrate World Day of Social Justice – Tuesday 20th February 2018.

World Day of Social Justice is a day recognising the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.

We would love you to get involved in some way, so please save the date and we will update with more details ASAP… meanwhile follow their progress on Twitter 



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



Call Out For Young Campaigners

Coventry Youth Activists
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


Let’s end isolation and loneliness

Jo Cox Quote
Clare was asked to talk on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio this morning following the appointment of the new Minister for Loneliness Tracy Crouch.

The invitation came after Clare took part in roundtable to help shape the thinking behind the recommendations of  Jo Cox’s commission on loneliness. The commission was inspired by Jo’s vision that by working together we could make a real difference to the lives of those affected by loneliness.

Clare says: ‘It’s great the government have accepted all of the Commission’s recommendations.  Above all though, this isn’t about what governments can do, its about what ordinary people can do for each other.

We’ve always thought that the thing people need in life when they’ve got problems isn’t so much services – services have their place – but good people around them. That’s why we want to spark a movement among ordinary folk to tackle isolation.’

If you live in Coventry and want to do something to combat the problem then please get in touch, we’d love to meet you. You can  email Mel to find out more.

We’ll also be supporting The Great Get Together – in celebration of Jo Cox –  22-24 June 2018.

To listen to Clare tune into the Justine Greene show at 1hr:20mins:53sec:

It’s a piece of cake!

Drill Project
Our young researchers have been busy this weekend.

They got messy with Naomi as they created a very special cake – each layer represented a different part of an Education, Health and Care Plan. Jam and curd? Their aspirations and outcomes. Cream? Support they might need. And the icing on the cake? Well that is what holds it all together!

The youngsters are working with Coventry University on DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning). They’re exploring the quality and usefulness of Education, Health and Care Plans for young disabled people and how they might be improved. 


With the perfect Plan baked they went over their fieldwork prep to make sure their research questions for professionals would enable them to really dig deep and ensure their rights are always considered.

If you would like to find out more click on the link