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 […]

Reflecting on a Summer of Fun

As a new phase of Teenvine Plus begins this Autumn, we’re taking this opportunity to reflect back on our ‘Summer of Fun’. This is not simply what happened, it’s also the name given to our free summer programme for young people aged 11-16 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and eligible for free school […]

A week in the life of Grapevine

With so much going on this week as a result of government changes to Covid-19 rules and restrictions, we’re sharing some snippets of what’s happening here at Grapevine. The team is getting back out into communities, at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for staff and the people we work alongside. Our newest member […]

Young people: There’s more than one way to slice a chilli

Today is World Youth Skills Day and this year’s theme shines a light on how we reimagine youth skills post-pandemic. Grapevine has seen Covid’s effects on young people’s aspirations first-hand, those with disabilities feeling increasingly isolated and disconnected from their peers. So we’re sharing Curtis’ story of hope this World Youth Skills Day. Curtis is […]