We got the Trusted Charity Mark!


13 August 2019.

We’re delighted to share the news that we’ve been awarded the Trusted Charity Mark! Another feather in our cap in our 25th year #25yearsofGrapevine.

The endorsement follows an application, audit and interview process by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and is the only quality assurance award covering all essential areas necessary for the effective management and governance of a charity.

It’s important to us because having it demonstrates our commitment to Trusted Charity standards and we are therefore nationally recognised by funders and commissioners as being both effective and credible in our work.

We have achieved Level 1 and keep this award for three years until we can re-apply.

Learn more about the Trusted Charity Mark and NCVO here.

Small Charity Big Impact Awards… we won!


21 June 2019.

We are very excited to announce another award win… and it’s a national one this time!

Today we’ve been unveiled as a winner* of the Foundation for Social Improvement’s (FSI) Small Charity Big Impact awards, having fought off competition from hundreds of other small charities also doing great work across the country.

The news comes as we are celebrate our 25th year and demonstrates the growing impact and reach of our work.

It is also the penultimate day of Small Charity Week (17-22 June), an annual week of initiatives designed to raise awareness and funds for small charities whilst promoting the work they do.

Our awards entry included our track record of adding, on average, two new friends to isolated or vulnerable people’s networks and scoring 8.5 out of 9 for satisfaction in Grapevine’s work. We also provided a number of case studies to represent what this means in reality for the people we help.

FSI logo

A video explaining why our work is worthy of this award is due out early next week – watch this space!

We’ll be heading to London in July to collect our award. Thank you to everyone who supports our work.

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About the FSI

The FSI is a charity supporting the UK’s vibrant small charity sector with training, advocacy and support programmes aimed at building sustainability and sharing knowledge.

Pauline Broomhead CBE, CEO of the FSI, said: “Small charities do amazing work, often having an impact far beyond their size, yet they often don’t receive the recognition and celebration they deserve.

“We’re delighted that over ten years of Small Charity Week thousands of small charities have had the chance to shout about their work and get the support they need, and our Small Charity Big Impact Awards are one of the highlights of the week.

“We are thrilled to award Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire this prize and congratulate them on their amazing work.”

*£500k – £1 million annual turnover category.

Back down to London town!

Walk and Talk taking place in Coventry

19 June 2019.

Grapevine returns to London today (19 June) to bring news of our pioneering work in Coventry and Warwickshire to the movers, shakers and decision-makers from local and national government, health, housing and social care.

CEO Clare Wightman has been invited to be one of the speakers at the Civil Society Futures* forum, organised by public policy events provider Inside Government.

Clare Wightman

She will tell the audience how we are using our out-of-the-box thinking and expertise to take a place-based approach to meeting local needs.

What this means for us at the moment is a National Lottery Community Fund project in Stoke Aldermoor (Coventry) to help a group of community-minded residents improve their place.

Their plan focuses on young people, families and connecting cultures. It will bring together civil society, citizens, local authority and businesses to address local priorities through collective action.

Today’s event coincides with ‘Policy Day’ of Small Charity Week – an annual awareness week to celebrate and promote small charities across the UK.

In describing our approach, Clare will give examples of earlier work igniting change with people and communities. Included is the story of Rishard – a young man on the edge of crisis whose needs were misdiagnosed as care, support and treatment.

His real need was for a life shaped by his hopes and dreams, one that could stretch and grow.

With Grapevine, he found his way back with help from a network of good people to become an actor (his dream) and no longer a client with needs to be serviced.

She says: “It’s not magic. It happened because relationships keep on giving – regrouping around new problems or new opportunities in a way that services just can’t.”

Relationships are able to go way beyond the remit of services and will be key to our place-based approach in Stoke Aldermoor and many other current and future projects.

We wish Clare all the best for her latest speaking engagement. Follow her on Twitter at @GrapevineCEO. The event hashtag today is #IGCivilSociety.

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The government’s Civil Society Strategy was published in August 2018 and outlines a plan to enhance collaboration between the voluntary and public sectors.

It recognises the pivotal role that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations have to play in tackling the challenges we face in today’s society.

Today’s event gives practitioners a forum to debate and disseminate current thinking and information about the strategy from organisations like us who are taking up the opportunity and running with it. We are attending in the lead up to our 25th anniversary celebrations this October (1994 – 2019).

More information

Visit: www.insidegovernment.co.uk/civil-society-strategy

More on Place Based Social Action in Stoke Aldermoor.

Find out more on Small Charity Week here.

We are Company of the Year 2019!

Midlands Service Excellence with award

26 March 2019.

We won!

Thanks to everyone who supports our work in Coventry and Warwickshire – whether you’ve been with us on this journey for a long time or have only recently joined us, we value each and every one of you. And that includes all of the staff on our brilliant team!

Company of the Year 2019… we’ll take that.

Midlands Service Excellence with award
Clare and Mel (centre, left and right) receiving the award

Company of the Year 2019

19 February 2019.

It seems to be a week of good news…

Following the announcement yesterday about our successful bid for £250k from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund for the community of Stoke Aldermoor in Coventry, today we can reveal we are a finalist for Company of the Year in the Midlands Service Excellence Awards!

In their first year, the awards seek to recognise, reward and celebrate people and organisations across the Midlands that provide high levels of service excellence.

There are several other categories including Team of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and the ‘In the Community’ award.

Grapevine is competing against four other businesses for Company of the Year and we’ll find out if we’ve won at a ceremony in Solihull on 21 March.

We’ll keep you posted!