Cov Cares Awards: John and Ellen find warm welcome among Coventry businesses

A Coventry couple say their life has completely changed since one of them was diagnosed with Parkinson’s but have praised how local venues go above and beyond to make them feel comfortable when they are out in the city centre. John and Ellen have been together for 35 years and John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s […]

Coventry’s ‘Cov Cares Awards’ launch to celebrate businesses boosting social connection

Coventry’s inaugural Cov Cares Awards launch today to shine a light on community-focused city businesses that are bringing a sense of belonging, connection and smiles to customers every day. Residents and visitors are invited to nominate their favourite local business or employee from a choice of ten categories, including ‘More Than Just a Bar or […]

The latest from Connecting for Good – community, connection and capacity for change in Coventry

Our Connecting for Good community organisers are a busy lot! When they’re not helping Coventry people form and lead their own solutions to isolation and marginalisation, they’re sharing what works with the world through Medium or taking a quick trip to Poland to compare notes with European counterparts. But it is also good to pause […]

Cov Cares event brings businesses boosting connection together in Coventry

In June 2023, the first Cov Cares Awards brought Coventry’s business community together to celebrate connection and belonging. Ten awards – from Community Champion to Warm Welcome to More Than Just A… shop, cafe, bar, venue and bank – shone a light on the city’s unsung heroes. Nominated by the people of Coventry themselves.  […]

This one thing has changed my community organising practice… and other stories

Even though the days haven’t been filled with much sunshine so far this August, we’re trying to bring a bit of light your way with a selection of Summer blogs from our community organising team at Grapevine. We hope it provides an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of some of our Connecting for Good work, […]

“So much talent in the room. The start of a great event – running for years to come I’m sure”

Last night we partied the evening away at Coventry’s inaugural Cov Cares Awards at Coventry University’s Square One Venue. The first event of its kind to celebrate community-focused city businesses, organisations and individuals going the extra mile to bring connection and belonging to local people. Ten categories, three finalists in each. All of them good […]

Siân joins Community Action Panel for fund supporting grassroots campaigners across the UK

We’re excited to announce that a member of our Grapevine team is part of a national panel assessing applications for funding that will support grassroots campaigning and community organising across the UK. The Community Action Fund exists to help build power for long-lasting change in communities. The Community Action Panel plays a key role in […]

Strategy and reports

We are an engine for social change. We want everyone in Coventry and Warwickshire to join us in making people and communties stronger, fairer and more connected. What follows is our strategy for 2023-25. A three-year plan to help people and communities use their untapped power to create better futures. Grapevine’s response to poverty The […]

Careers at Grapevine

Work with us We’re a social action charity that’s best at reinventing itself in response to people’s needs. We help services, funders and systems find new ways to create deep social change. We’re willing to be bold, remove the box and bring edge-based solutions into the middle. Current vacancies Our three strands of action in […]