This summer, Engage Britain’s Reconnection Tour travelled the UK showcasing the power of community connection. Grapevine’s Connecting for Good movement against isolation welcomed the tour to Coventry on 2 July.
More than 90 people showed up in the rain (of course, it’s summer!) to celebrate incredible local stories of connection, mutual support and people power.
The event was co-organised by our community organisers and leaders in our ecosystem, sharing stories that inspire action and coming together to recognise what they’ve achieved so far.
Today we travel to Manchester for the Reconnection Summit so insights from Coventry communities can feed into national work on how we and politicians best work together, grow stronger and make lasting change;
– Enabling ordinary people to directly influence government policy;
– Tackling the cost of living crisis in our communities;
– Helping community organisations and volunteers survive then thrive;
– Building community and shaping our local places together.
If you came to our Walk and Talk and afterparty in July, see if you can spot yourself in our video. Thank you so much for a brilliant day!
We can help you spark the change you want to see – whether you are an individual, a community group, a local business or a public organisation. Get in touch!
This minute and a half video comprises of film shot at the event on a rainy July day in Coventry city centre, starting at the historic Council House with a woman speaking into a green megaphone as crowds holding umbrellas watch and listen.
The group moves in a procession led by a smiley face flag past shops and banks, stopping a number of times to hear different voices telling their stories of social action in their communities.
The Walk and Talk ends beneath Coventry ring road in the Nauls Mill Underpark where banners and placards can be seen, plus another speaker, people lying on the floor on mats to demonstrate resting spaces and people dancing to a DJ’s music and eating party food.
Short sentences of text in the video are detailed in this blog post.