We help people embrace their power and agency. Because when they do problems get solved, lives become better and futures become more shapeable. But we don’t stop there.
We want to get at the root causes of the most difficult problems – not just treat the symptoms. So we work intensively with systems and services like the NHS and local authorities to understand issues together, shift power and solve the real problem – for good.
Reform the Norm
Lockdown brought to light inequalities that have existed in society for a long time – issues around benefit payments, isolation, food poverty, access to mental health support and other services, freedom of movement and much more.
This awareness, spurred on by community willingness to act during this time, led four Coventry organisations (Grapevine, Central England Law Centre, Positive Youth Foundation and Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre) to create ‘Reform the Norm’ to look at how we don’t just return to the way things were, but think about how we ‘reform the norm’ and make things more equal.
Working together to amplify under-represented voices, this programme has different opportunities and events throughout the year. The first of these is called ‘The Story of Us’.
Healthy Communities Together
An ambitious programme to tackle deep-rooted health inequalities in Coventry in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Primary Care Trust, Coventry City Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership.
One of just six national partnerships, co-funded by The King’s Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund, the programme aims to improve links between health and care services and the communities they serve – and ultimately, their health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Transformation Plan, co-produced with Rethink
Grapevine and Rethink Mental Illness are working together in partnership with the NHS, local authorities, local citizens and people with lived experience to develop a co-produced Mental Health Transformation Plan for Coventry and Warwickshire.
We will do this by engaging and facilitating input from community and grassroots organisations to ensure our strategy is designed and delivered in a way that listens to, draws from and mobilises as many people as possible who are or have been affected by mental illness.
Sparking green health in Foleshill
One of two 2021 neighbourhood approach-style projects funded by Public Health in Coventry, sparking green health in Foleshill encourages local residents to voice their opinions on themes of clean air, beauty on our doorsteps and the importance of nurturing our green spaces.
Sparked by a rediscovery of nature and the great outdoors during the pandemic, the project shifts power into the hands of the people to improve health across the city and Foleshill in particular.
Call or email Jess to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org 07989 395446.
Severe and enduring mental illness in Coventry and Warwickshire
Commissioned by NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Clincial Commissioning Group, we will help uncover reasons why many people with severe and enduring mental illness (SMI) living in Coventry and Warwickshire are not taking up the offer of an annual physicial health check.
We’ll speak to as many people as possible to begin uncovering barriers and co-creating ways to overcome them alongside people using SMI services as well as health professionals.
Experts by Experience Co-Production Service
Experts by Experience is an opportunity for autistic people or people with a learning disability (and their parent or carer, where applicable) to influence decision-making and have a say on new services and strategies that have or will have an impact on disabled people.
They might be involved in designing, reviewing and evaluating different services, as well as supporting recruitment of the right people to work for the local authority or in the NHS.
This project is commissioned by Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Coventry Youth Activists
A campaign group changing young people’s lives in Coventry. CYA members decide on the issues that matter to them and set about making things better for themselves and others.
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Place Based Social Action in Stoke Aldermoor
One of twenty national partnerships funded by DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund. It’s about people-led solutions that help young people and families thrive in a hard-hit Coventry community. It’s about changing the way public services and communities work together.
Anyone living in Stoke Aldermoor can bring their passions and ideas to the partnership. Contact Kyla at Grapevine email@example.com to join in.
Warwickshire’s empowerment and co-production service
This service supports people with a disability, learning disability or autism to have a say in how they live their lives and also the services they access – spreading influence and opportunity across the county.
Walks and Talks
Walks and Talks are a story-telling technique that involves having a conversation while walking somewhere. But in our case we share stories, watch performances, listen to ideas, feel inspired and spark change. It’s a chance to bring services, systems and communities together to get at the root of a problem.
#socialactionhubcovandwarks launched at a Walk and Talk as we became a recognised hub of best practice for Community Organisers.
Ideas Factories and Collaboration Stations
Ideas Factories and Collaboration Stations are two activities through which we co-create innovative actions and solutions, building the capacity for change from all sectors and communities.