Around the Kitchen Table

Thanks for coming to find out more about our Around the Kitchen Table* toolkit.

Grapevine helps people and communities in Coventry and Warwickshire use their untapped power to create better futures.

We want to tackle isolation and loneliness by sparking the kind of community action that helps people to organise themselves and lead their own solutions. Getting people Around the Kitchen Table is the perfect chance to do this!

The toolkit consists of a set of questions and suggestions to help you think about how to get your own initiative started and it focuses on three areas:

  • Purpose – what is it that you want to achieve?
  • People – who do you need to gather around you to make this happen?
  • Places – where can/will you gather?

In addition to the information, I am also in the toolkit! A real-life person to chat your ideas through with and to help you create a successful Around the Kitchen Table. I can’t wait to hear your ideas – please contact me on to get the full toolkit.

Jen x

*Around the Kitchen Table and Self Care Social are funded by the Building Connections Fund, a pot of money made possible by a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation. It’s also part of a national conversation called Let’s Talk Loneliness to reduce stigma and raise awareness of the importance of social connections.

Future guides

Future guides wanted (scroll down for current opportunities).

A few years ago, the concept of personal budgets and personal assistants for young disabled people started to change in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Nowadays young people and their families can use their direct payments to employ a personal assistant who supports the young person in growing their interests and connections to the community, developing independent life skills along the way.

We asked young people what personal assistants should be called and they said ‘future guides’.

Every now and then we will advertise future guide opportunities here to help make the connection between a young disabled person and the right person to help them on their journey.

Although we’ll be there to provide training and support, the contract is between those two people.

The individual, the hours each week and location will vary but this video explains the overall importance of a rewarding role that can have a lasting impact on someone’s life.

Current opportunities (names changed to protect identities):

Jack, aged 19 from Nuneaton

Jack likes going to gigs, playing music and tattoos. He is a very determined individual who knows what he wants and is looking for someone to help get him there.

His guide needs to be flexible and will ideally have a good sense of humour!

Working with him around 18 hours per week, to include evenings and weekends as required.

Contact Kyla at

Harry, aged 21 from Warwickshire

Harry is growing in confidence all the time and has his eye firmly fixed on moving out of his family home into a place of his own soon.

A massive Aston Villa fan who attends college and likes the gym, Harry is seeking a kind, encouraging, trustworthy future guide to work with him on his cooking skills, budgeting and keeping up-to-date with correspondence.

The 12 hours a week working with Harry need to be suited around his requirements (e.g. some evenings and weekends).

Contact Kyla at

(More opportunities coming in Warwickshire soon – please email Kyla to register your interest and include some information about yourself).

Sophie, aged 17 from Coventry

Sophie is an outgoing young lady who loves music, going out and sports such as rugby and football.

Working around 12 hours per week with Sophie for three months (potential to extend to a longer term), to include evenings and weekends as necessary.

Contact Molly at


Our volunteers play a crucial role in supporting people to live fuller lives.

At Grapevine you can get involved in a whole range of projects, activities and events. You can help people to express their views and opinions, and to achieve their ambitions.

We’ll work with you to find a role that suits you best. We provide training, supervision, expenses and on-going support to develop your skills.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help us with fundraising, running stalls and helping at events. You don’t need previous experience, but must have a can do attitude!

“Volunteering has multiple health and wellbeing benefits, not just for those who receive support, but also for volunteers themselves, communities and society as a whole.”

(Department of Health, Social Action for Health and Well-being: Building co-operative communities)

To find out more email:


Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and do something AMAZING…

Give us a call to find out more! If ‘adventure’ isn’t your middle name, there’s still an option for you.

We are proud to have previously had over 50 participants in the Coventry Fun Run and also runners in the city’s Half Marathon. Help us to build on that success by taking part in your own challenge or another popular local event.

Alternatively, you could get sponsored to give up smoking, lose weight, do a dance-a-thon, or anything you like!  Just keep it safe.


If you are part of a group or organisation and would like us to give a talk on the work of Grapevine, please get in touch.

We welcome the opportunity to meet you and help you to understand exactly what we do.

Host a coffee morning | Volunteer with us | Challenges | Donate in lieu of presents/flowers | Start a Fundraising Group | Involve friends/colleagues