Strengthening People: Curtis’ Teenvine story

Rounding up our focus on Teenvine Plus this week is the story of Curtis from Coventry. A young man with autism, he has faced a number of obstacles over the last year, exacerbated by the pandemic’s effect on his school and home life. A story so common for young people across the country. Listen to […]

Teenvine Plus stop motion films premiering for Youth Mental Health Day

We’ve been looking forward to Youth Mental Health Day (7 September) for weeks, knowing we’d have lots to share and celebrate from our projects that strengthen and empower young people. What we didn’t expect were six short films all at once, animated using stop motion techniques and voiced by the teenagers who made them! Janson, […]

Teenvine launches Summer of Fun

Our Teenvine Plus and Teenvine Next Steps are combining their talents to offer a Summer of Fun programme to young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Coventry. The prospect of leaving school either for the summer break or altogether following exams can be daunting, especially for teenagers who have been amongst the […]

Teenviners produce city centre photography exhibition

In the dark February depths of lockdown, young people from our Teenvine Plus and Teenvine Plus Covid Next Steps projects began an online photography course with a difference. Yes, they were learning compositional techniques and styles from the masters at Grain Photography Hub. All the while adding to their practical skillset. But they also had […]

Teenvine: Rhea’s story

When Rhea from Coventry signed up as a ‘buddy’ to young people her age who have a learning disability or autism, she had some idea of what she might be able to do for others… but no idea of the effect it would have on her own life. “It’s been an eye-opening adventure with people […]

TeenVine Plus Family Get Together

In no particular order: Soup, dreams, families and a working microphone – Key ingredients for a successful get together. Last night at Backhaus & Co there was a gathering of families brought together by our TeenVine Plus team. We challenged them to think about the moral of the story told by Coleman. This set the scene […]

Children’s Mental Health Week – T’s story

This Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), we’re sharing T’s story. T is 13 and from north Warwickshire. When we met in early 2021 through our Teenvine+ Covid 19 Next Steps intensive development programme, he was out of education, socially isolated and experiencing deep-rooted anxiety related to being at school. T came to our scavenger […]

BBC Children In Need 2021

Hurrah, it’s Pudsey Day! Friday 19 November is the day of BBC Children In Need’s annual fundraising event, televised tonight. The money raised by the public goes to supporting young people that need it most – changing lives across the UK, including in Coventry through Grapevine. Last year Children In Need supported over 460,000 children […]

In memory of John Whitmore

We recently lost a friend and supporter who has been with us since 2019, capturing our work through his lens. Today we remember John Whitmore through a selection of our favourite photographs of his. John was a talented man and a pleasure to know, frequently showing up at late notice for the things we asked […]