PEOPLE POWER | Sparking community action against isolation in Coventry

Today’s aspect of the Coventry personality is People Power! It’s the latest in our week of reflections on the six Coventry City of Culture “energies” featuring throughout this extraordinary year.

We’re introducing People Power with this behind-the-scenes video diary by our Connecting for Good Cov community organiser Sophie Greener. She took part in Saturday’s signature #CoventryMoves launch event in the Lady Godiva procession.

14 modern day Godivas were voted in by local people as embodying the present day spirit of the lady herself through their activism and work in social justice in the city. You can meet them here.

They rode and walked in with Sophie and other local women from all parts of the city to the front of Coventry Cathedral where the processions were greeted by more key Coventry women – including Councillor Ann Lucas, Lord Mayor of Coventry.

In her day job, Sophie is part of Connecting for Good Cov’s core community organising team. The team works alongside local people to spark and sustain community action to fight loneliness and isolation. People power at its finest!

Their projects and initiatives include monthly Collaboration Stations which see people coming together to create new ideas for a more connected Coventry on the third Wednesday of each month and Changemaker University which shares our community organising and movement building expertise with trainee community changemakers, free of charge and with a common purpose of connecting with others to bring about the change we want to see.

Learn more about Connecting for Good Cov here. This work is part of our Sparking Community Action strand at Grapevine and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.