Know someone who could benefit from Help and Connect?

Grapevine’s well-established Help and Connect project is for people with a learning disability or autism to make a plan, get connections, get work, stay healthy and stay safe. Working with adults aged 18 plus across Coventry, Michelle Reid has been connecting, strengthening and readying people for new opportunities for the last few years. Help and […]

New advocacy service launched in Coventry for autistic people and people with learning disabilities

A fresh approach to advocacy in Coventry will help bring autistic and learning disabled people back from the margins of crisis and build self-advocacy skills for a more resilient, independent future. Funded by the Henry Smith Charity, a national organisation providing grants to reduce social and economic disadvantage, the advocacy service is delivered by local […]

I truly believe in the work the Connecting for Good team do to end marginalisation and isolation

For the first time since Connecting for Good began in Coventry in 2018, we are welcoming a team leader to work alongside our community organisers and further progress the movement’s aims of ending isolation and marginalisation in the city, reforming the system that allows it. Introducing Laura Fisher to Grapevine! Listen to or read her […]

Coventry event celebrates communities coming together as part of UK-wide Reconnection Tour

People across Coventry will come together on Saturday 2 July to celebrate how local people are supporting each other through difficult times, as part of a UK-wide tour showcasing the power of connection in local communities. The Reconnection Tour is travelling the UK throughout May and June, and is a partnership between Grapevine Coventry and […]

Rising cost of living and what we are seeing at Grapevine

The cost of living crisis is being felt in Coventry and Warwickshire as much as anywhere in the UK. At Grapevine, we are seeing the financial concerns of people with a learning disability or autism intensifying as the weeks roll by. In April, inflation reached its highest recorded level since 1982*, pushing food, energy and […]

Love your job? Luke’s Connect 2 Work story

While many of us try to find a job we love, an overwhelming majority of people with a learning disability would love to have a chance of finding one. That’s why this Valentine’s Day we’re focusing on Luke’s ‘love your job’ story and why employers could be missing out on an untapped pool of loyal, […]

Riverbank Academy joins Connecting for Good’s fight against isolation in Coventry

When deputy head Jane Heavey of Riverbank Academy, Coventry approached our Connecting for Good team to work on loneliness and isolation with their young people, we jumped at the chance. Jane had attended our online summit to harness community spirit and turn it into community power during lockdown in 2020.  Young people with learning […]

‘Rekindling lost connections’ summit report out now

Almost exactly a month since our local business and retailer summit, Grapevine is proud to present a full report on rekindling connections lost over the past year of the pandemic. Around 65 business owners, sector reps and supporters joined us online on 29 April to talk about forging a different future founded on connection and […]