Collaboration Station back with a bang in January!

A venue change and special celebratory theme welcomed ‘Collaboration Station’ back for another 12 months of turning ideas into community action that helps connect people in Coventry.

An amazing 57 people came out to join us on a very cold January evening last week (18 January) at St Mary’s Guildhall, a beautiful cobblestone fronted city centre venue overlooking Coventry Cathedral and steeped in a history all of its own.

Inside St Mary's Guildhall, an impressive, historic building, large tables are laid out with people around each one listening to and talking to each other during Collaboration Station. The room looks full of noise and energy.
Collaboration Station inside St Mary’s Guildhall, January 2023.

Our guests came to hear the stories of leaders of grassroots initiatives sparked and developed through the Connecting For Good Cov network – where Grapevine’s community organising team helps support people to make positive change in their city.

“We are ordinary people who want to come together to make change happen.” (Vicky, core team)

The team also works with a core group of locals to host Collaboration Station on the third Wednesday of each month. An inclusive, free space boosting connection, creativity and collective power to tackle social issues caused by isolation.

From survivors of sexual violence supporting one another, to an ever-expanding arts group crafting kindness in libraries, to growing movements promoting the need to rest in public places and the benefits of greener urban spaces, January’s Collaboration Station Special was chock full of energy and inspiration.

“How lovely tonight to see so many of you doing such amazing work through Collaboration Station. Totally connected and inspired by you all.” (Collaboration Station guest, January 2023)

Having reflected on and celebrated 2022’s lessons and successes, we are ready for 2023!

February’s Collaboration Station welcomes tables including setting up a community woodland and developing a campaign around public toilets.

We move to Cafe Morso in Corporation Street for the 15 February event and you can register for your free ticket here.

A large group of more than 50 people inside a historic Coventry hall look up and wave at a camera above them.
January’s Collaboration Station hosts and guests look up and smile for the camera.

Join us!

Do you have an idea that will connect people or make social change in Coventry?

Do you care about an issue that you want to work out a solution to with others?

Do you have time and skills you would like to share to help Collaboration Station continue?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, contact the team on Facebook, Instagram or by email, or come along to Collaboration Station on 15 February.

Learn more about Connecting for Good Cov on the website here.