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
The pandemic 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, 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, including ‘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 five national partnerships, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund with learning support from The King’s 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.
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 or working in Stoke Aldermoor can bring their passions and ideas to the partnership. Contact Kyla at Grapevine email@example.com to join in.
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 are a recognised hub of best practice nationally 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. Contact us to find out more.