Grapevine leads Coventry partnership for Healthy Communities Together

Six areas in England have been chosen to join the first phase of a major grant-funding and development programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and tackle health inequalities. The Healthy Communities Together programme, which was established by The King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, will support partnership-working between the […]

Empowerment of people in communities is the only way to shift inequalities

Last month, our CEO Clare Wightman joined a roundtable of national speakers to consider how the NHS and communities can join forces and to also discuss how NHS England’s new statutory guidance on partnership working with people and communities will seek to improve services. For us, the discussion cuts across many of our projects but […]

We’ve never needed our communities as much as we do now

At Grapevine we’ve been helping people and communities work together to solve their problems for over 25 years.  We know what can happen when local citizens have the skills and confidence to act on what they care about, when they connect through their shared humanity and take power into their own hands to transform their […]

A blog and a poem from Willenhall Men’s Group for Time To Talk Day

Today is Time To Talk Day by the charity Mind, where we highlight the importance of having conversations about our mental health. We’re focusing today on our Healthy Communities Together (HCT) programme in Coventry – a partnership in the Willenhall neighbourhood between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and Coventry City Council to improve […]

“I believe in the power of community” – welcoming Janet to the team

This week’s #TeamTalk post welcomes Janet Doran to the team. Janet is our new programme manager for the Healthy Communities Together partnership in Coventry. She joins us at Grapevine following a 26-year career in local goverment followed by experience in the voluntary sector and two years spent working in primary care. Here she answers our […]

Welcoming Edwin and Lynn to shifting power and strengthening people at Grapevine

This week we’re offering up not one but two interviews with new starters at Grapevine, Edwin Lukong and Lynn Donovan. They began work on two of Grapevine’s three strands of action a few weeks ago now – here are their ideas for their new roles and previous experience in Coventry and other countries around the […]

Willenhall’s Big Conversation: collaborating for health equality

This week we’re focusing on improving the health and wellbeing of our communities in Coventry through our exploratory work in the Willenhall neighbourhood. Coventry is one of six areas nationally that form the Healthy Communities Together programme – established by The King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund in 2021 to improve the health […]

RESILIENCE | The first of our six City of Culture energies

What does resilience mean to you? Coventry City of Culture has chosen six energies to represent the personality of Coventry and be explored over this special year. As one of their four community partners, we’re reflecting those energies this week with a look at our work in the city. Today we start with Resilience and […]

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 […]