Coventry Poverty Alliance sets priorities for helping people in need in 2024

Coventry Poverty Alliance – where grassroots frontline organisations, medium and larger charities and the public sector come together with a focus on action and a shared agenda of joined up help – has decided its priorities for 2024. The two joint priorities, chosen from a shortlist of five during a session last month, will set […]

Coventry Poverty Alliance moves closer to mobilising

In March, Grapevine and Central England Law Centre convened an event on poverty to look at how local agencies, services, charities, voluntary and community groups and organisations could develop the best connected network of help to respond quickly and effectively to the growing cost of living crisis. Coventry is actually rich in ways people can […]

We need to talk about Poverty

There are lots of us – services and community groups – that work with people who are struggling. Yet we still don’t seem to be able to make the difference needed to really shift the dial on poverty. It’s frustrating and we want to see if, by joining forces, we can do something about it. […]

But what about our childhood? The reality of SEND inclusion

Naomi Madden is our Director of Projects. She works across Grapevine’s Strengthening People strand of action – including overseeing intensive development programmes like Teenvine Plus for ages 13-18 and Help and Connect for learning disabled adults, and our non-statutory advocacy service. Exam season is here and June’s Learning Disability and Loneliness Awareness Weeks, plus the […]

The cost of living and community power – Clare’s blog

“Towards the end of November, I was pleased to speak as part of Warwickshire’s Cost of Living Summit panel. I’d been asked where I thought we should all focus our efforts in order to help communities and citizens,” writes Grapevine CEO Clare Wightman. “My take is this. “Whatever your focus is – food, warmth or […]

Help and advice around the cost of living this winter

Energy costs, food prices and bills are all rising and many of us are worried about our finances and future. Help and advice is available from local services and organisations and Coventry City Council has launched a new microsite to make sure that information is readily available for anyone who needs support. Click this link […]

Why don’t we invest in early action? Ignite report on impact in Willenhall

A national report bringing together insights and reflections from leading thinkers and practitioners on the importance of early action and its influence on policy and practice is highlighting Grapevine and Central England Law Centre’s Ignite programme in Willenhall as a case study of how it can really work. Ignite saw the two organisations embark on […]

Better mental health for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Today (10 October) is World Mental Health Day, a day where the World Federation for Mental Health is asking people and organisations around the world to make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority. While much of Grapevine’s work with people, communities and systems in Coventry, Warwickshire and wider cuts across different aspects […]

Grapevine’s training for NHS staff raised as best practice in fight to improve lives of people with learning disabilities

A national study to identify good examples of learning disability awareness training for health professionals has highlighted Grapevine’s work in Coventry and Warwickshire as a case study of effective best practice. Our Health Team is made up of people with lived experience of learning disabilities and project leads, Alice and Kelly. Together they deliver a […]