Step Up programme helps parents find new future

A new work skills programme designed to help parents of pre-schoolers into sustainable employment has been launched as the nation looks towards its future. Like so many groups, the pandemic has presented specific challenges for parents. It is unsurprising that many are now re-evaluating their priorities and forming new ambitions for what’s next.  Accelerate’s […]

Welcoming three new staff

We’re pleased to have welcomed three new starters to the Grapevine family over recent weeks. Each brings their own unique skills and passions to our team and the people we work with, across three different projects. So here’s Paul, Katie and Melody in their own words and pictures (there’s no such thing as a ‘corporate’ […]

UN-LOCK down: The Sequel

Today is the day we reconvene a core group of ‘thinkers and doers’ from our first ever public sector summit last month – to talk action! The UN-LOCK down summit on 10 November gathered almost 70 key professionals around a virtual table to spark what we believe is an urgent conversation about how the public […]

Resilient Communities report reveals findings

A ‘Resilient Communities’ report has brought together the findings of a national cross-sector conference on the topic attended at the start of 2020 by our CEO Clare Wightman. The report also incorporates the latest research into opportunities to foster social cohesion in communities during and after disruptive events – arguably never needed more than at […]

Strategy and reports

We are an engine for social change. We want everyone in Coventry and Warwickshire to join us in making people and communties stronger, fairer and more connected. What follows is our strategy for 2023-25. A three-year plan to help people and communities use their untapped power to create better futures. Grapevine’s response to poverty The […]

What people say about us

“I came to the advocacy service when I was really stressed out and I’d had to leave work due to stress and inaccessibility. I needed help accessing benefits. “Lynn managed to be encouraging and build my confidence while not minimising my difficulties. She struck a really good balance between doing things I couldn’t manage and […]

Our September update

It’s only the second week of September but so much has happened in the last two weeks, we couldn’t wait to share some of what we’ve been up to (lots of other work has been going on too). Thursday 29 August The New Vibes / Fight for Your Right to Party crew hosted their very […]

UB40 fan’s ‘Labour of Love’ to find work pays off

A secure job, a fulfilling relationship and evenings out watching live bands play your favourite tunes. Sounds like the recipe for a happy life for most people and Stuart is no different. After being unemployed for four years, Stuart was introduced to Georgina Bradley who works on Accelerate, an employment support service offered by Grapevine. […]

Farewell 2018! You’ve been great…

19 December 2018. Our final post of 2018. And what a year it has been. We’ve sparked new movements of people who care about an issue – Connecting for Good (isolation) and Self Care Social (long term health conditions/self care) – and grown existing ones with Feel Good Community. Longer term projects such as Help […]