Careers at Grapevine

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.

Current vacancies

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Our three strands of action in Coventry, Warwickshire and nationally are strengthening people, sparking community action and shifting power. Read more here.

We were keeping over 500 isolated people well as the crisis struck in March 2020. That number more than doubled to 1,232 during 2020. We evolved to keep the people we knew strong but also reach out to forge new connections to move us forward.

We hosted two online summits for people from all walks of life to help harness community spirit for the road ahead. Then a public sector summit for professionals to help cement new ways of working accelerated by the pandemic into everyday practice.

In April 2021 we brought together businesses and retailers from across Coventry and Warwickshire to co-design a local build back plan founded on connection, sociability and belonging for our city and town centres.

In 2022, alongside our day-to-day work and in response to the rising cost of living, we have been working to form a Poverty Alliance network for Coventry in partnership with Central England Law Centre.

We also hosted the final stop of the UK-wide Reconnection Tour celebrating communities coming together through some of the toughest times Britain has faced in recent memory.

Our experience

We celebrated our 25-year anniversary in 2019, starting life in 1994 as a drop-in in Spon End, Coventry for people with learning disabilities.

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 their problems lay in community, not specialised services.

Now we work with all kinds of people experiencing poverty, disadvantage and isolation.

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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.

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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Current vacancies

Project Worker – Experts By Experience

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an established team helping autistic and learning disabled people in Coventry and Warwickshire have a meaningful say on the services they use.

You will help a varied group of people become more skilled and confident at putting their views to important local and national forums – working closely with public sector professionals from the NHS and local councils so that these views feed meaningfully into systems and services to change them to work better for everyone.

We believe autistic and learning disabled people should have their voices heard and change the systems and services that matter to them.

If you do too and want to work in a vibrant friendly workplace with a strong culture of helping people uncover their potential and progress, please apply!

Click here for the application form and recruitment pack containing full details of this post.

The salary is £25,419 per year, pro rata for 27.75 hours per week. The closing date is 12 October 2022 at 12 noon.

Experts By Experience is part of our Shifting Power strand of action at Grapevine.

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!

If you haven’t found what you’re looking for or have a question for us, please get in touch.

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“I came to Grapevine as a service user, I grew to believe in their work and saw how much it helped our family to grow and change our thinking.” (Mel Smith, Grapevine Deputy CEO)
Molly and Sam from Grapevine smile for the camera in the office community garden
“Our jobs are so varied. Seeing people achieve things that either they thought they wouldn’t be able to or were told by society they couldn’t. I can’t help but miss people when they move on to great things but I know it’s because they feel confident to do it without our support and that’s great.” (Molly Gillespie, left, from Coventry Youth Activists)
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“Grapevine has helped both my family and myself to find a new outlook for our lives. I have also witnessed several other transformational journeys as Grapevine staff have walked side by side with someone.” (Melissa Smith, Connecting for Good Cov community organiser)
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“I’m proud of the difference Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire is trying to make in a UK that just keeps getting tougher for vulnerable people.” (Andrea Mbarushimana, back row centre, from Help and Connect)

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Postal address
Grapevine (Coventry and Warwickshire) Ltd
123 Upper Spon Street, Spon End
Coventry, CV1 3BQ