New Teenvine ‘how to’ guides help charities navigate online connection with neurodivergent young people

A platform offering step-by-step guides to help non-profits use digital tools is featuring three new guides from Grapevine’s Teenvine Plus programme this Autumn. The ‘Shared Digital Guides’ are contributed by charities themselves with the aim of shared learning, reusing tried and tested methods, and being inspired by similar work taking place across the country. Around […]

Teenvine Plus a finalist for BBC Make A Difference award

Our Teenvine Plus project made it to the final four for ‘Community Group’ at last weekend’s BBC CWR Make A Difference Awards – an annual celebration of people going above and beyond in their local communities. Winners across eight categories were announced at the HMV Empire ceremony on Sunday (17 September) with the Community Group […]

“They all looked so happy” – Teenviners camp out to celebrate year-end with us

What a fabulous time we had last week at our Teenvine Summer Festival 2023! Fun, connection, exercise and self-expression in the sunshine. A Grapevine team effort brought 17 young people from our Teenvine Plus and Next Steps programmes together for what may (probably will) be an annual camp out and epic send off as they […]

Teenvine helps providers include neurodiverse young people in their holiday sessions this Christmas

Over the last couple of weeks, our Teenvine Plus and Next Steps teams have been attending council briefing sessions for Coventry clubs and organisations preparing to welcome young people in receipt of free school lunches to their setting for a hot meal and fun activities during the Christmas holidays. The national Holidays, Activities and Food […]

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 […]