Work with us
We’re a social action charity that’s best at reinventing itself in response to people’s needs.
We help services, funders and systems find new ways to create deep social change. We’re willing to be bold, remove the box and bring edge-based solutions into the middle.
Our three strands of action in Coventry, Warwickshire and wider are Strengthening People, Sparking Community and Shifting Power. Read our strategy here.
We were keeping over 500 isolated people well as the Covid-19 crisis struck. That number more than doubled to over 1,200 during 2020.
We hosted two online summits to help harness community spirit for the road ahead. Then a public sector summit for professionals to cement the new ways of working accelerated by the pandemic into everyday practice.
In April 2021 we brought together businesses and retailers to co-design a local ‘build back better’ plan founded on connection, sociability and belonging for our city and town centres.
A pledge made at this summit to highlight places, spaces and people putting these values at the heart of what they do became the Cov Cares Awards 2023. Now fast becoming a city-wide network of connection and belonging.
Since 2022, alongside our day-to-day work and in response to the rising cost of living, we have been forming a Poverty Alliance network for Coventry in partnership with Central England Law Centre. It’s the only place where frontline grass roots organisations, medium and larger charities and the public sector come together.
Also in 2022, we hosted the final stop of a UK-wide Reconnection Tour celebrating communities coming together through some of the toughest times Britain has faced.
We celebrated our 25-year anniversary in 2019, starting life in 1994 as a drop-in in Spon End, Coventry for learning disabled people.
We learned who they were, what their dreams were and what they could offer and realised that way of working could help many others too. The answer to our problems lay in community, not specialised services.
Now we work with all kinds of people experiencing poverty, disadvantage and isolation.
“Grapevine team members are intentionally reflective about the work that they carry out, thinking about what joy they are taking from it and how meaningful it is to them.
“I saw power and action from a completely different perspective, and it has made me feel optimistic about the future of sustainability. This experience has changed my understanding of what it means to have an impactful career.”
Bel Govier, student intern from University of Warwick
Working for us
We offer a friendly workplace with a strong culture of helping people uncover their potential. We’re committed to diversity and inclusion in our team and across our work, treating every person we meet as an individual with unique passions and skills.
This video was made by a group of Film, TV and Radio Production students from Coventry College for their final year project. One of them, Edwin, was inspired by our work after volunteering as a buddy on our Teenvine Plus programme for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
In addition to our ethos, our employee benefits include:
- Flexible working
- Employee Assistance Programme
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for full-time roles, pro rata for part-time)
- Stakeholder pension scheme plus eight per cent employer contribution.
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Meet the Grapevine team
Here’s what some members of our team have to say about working for Grapevine. We look forward to getting to know you too!
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Grapevine (Coventry and Warwickshire) Ltd
123 Upper Spon Street, Spon End
Coventry, CV1 3BQ