Rethink, rebuild: Seizing this system-shifting moment

Grapevine CEO Clare Wightman hosts a breakout session on systems thinking at today’s NPC Ignites conference. Alongside co-hosts Seth Reynolds from NPC and Diane Smith (Head of Programme, Fulfilling Lives in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham), she will discuss why the systemic change brought to a head by the Coronavirus pandemic demands a systemic response from […]

Listen: Love in Covid Times

A new podcast in a series about putting relationships at the heart of public policy has been released featuring Clare Wightman, Grapevine CEO. Her interview for ‘Love in Covid Times’ with Dr Michael Little explores how Grapevine looked inwards, not outwards, to find the answer of how to respond to the pandemic (you can also […]

Collaborating – not for the emergency but for the future

“One of my biggest fears, as local authorities try to recover from this crisis, is that focus returns to stemming need and that this could squeeze out the ability to think and act in ways that get us ahead of problems. We must not let that happen,” writes Grapevine CEO Clare Wightman in a new […]

Resilient Communities report reveals findings

A ‘Resilient Communities’ report has brought together the findings of a national cross-sector conference on the topic attended at the start of 2020 by our CEO Clare Wightman. The report also incorporates the latest research into opportunities to foster social cohesion in communities during and after disruptive events – arguably never needed more than at […]

From community SPIRIT to community POWER

On 4 July 2020 we called the people of Coventry together for ‘CommUNITY is not just for pandemics’ to reflect on the COVID-19 crisis and talk about what they want to happen next. As a nation and as a city, the pandemic has shown us that we care, we want to be useful and we […]

Learning how to build the future we all want

Changemaker University enters its fourth week today, with an in-depth look at creating powerful content for social media. The ‘term’ is running over several weeks during lockdown to help local changemakers we were working with pre-pandemic consolidate their skills in preparation for what comes next. Over the last few sessions they’ve covered connecting through Zoom, […]

Grapevine CEO joins panel of ‘Collaborative Local Citizenship’ experts

Today our CEO Clare Wightman is one of the speakers at ‘Resilient Communities’ in Windsor – a two-day, cross sector conference held in the 2,000 hectares that constitute Windsor Great Park. Her participation in the progressive event, jointly hosted by Cumberland Lodge and The Young Foundation, brings ‘Collaborative Local Citizenship’ to the national table from […]

Who we are

Pioneering, curious, optimistic. Hello, we’re Grapevine. We’re a pioneering example of how to help people work together to solve their problems for good. Together we’re making a sea change for communities in Coventry and Warwickshire. “Needs-based provision keeps people needy, while dream-based provision helps them create, grow, and give to others.” Clare Wightman, Grapevine CEO […]

Our people

Grapevine’s power comes from the skilled and passionate people who live and breathe our mission everyday. They bring brilliance to our work. Seven key aspects of our culture support the team to perform at its best: Being accountable to the people we serve Freedom and trust to do what is right Support to stay true […]