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We strengthen people by uncovering their talents and passions. Then we use these to create natural networks of community support. Networks that strengthen, bring opportunity and help them take charge of their lives.

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Accelerate helps disabled people get work in Coventry or Warwickshire. Support is also given to both employer and employee once work is secured.

Accelerate is a Building Better Opportunities Project funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, delivered by a local partnership of organisations providing people with access to a wide range of job support services.

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Help and Connect

Help and Connect is for people with a learning disability in Coventry to make a plan, get connections, get work, stay healthy and stay safe. We help with the most pressing needs first then equip people with skills, knowledge, support networks and readiness for self-management and onward opportunity.

My Life, My Rights, My Health, My Choice!

Help and Connect’s Health Team launched its ‘My Life, My Rights, My Health, My Choice’ campaign to raise awareness of people with learning disabilities’ entitlement to a free annual health check at their doctor’s surgery from the age of 14.

Just 39 per cent of people with learning disabilities in Coventry and Warwickshire take GPs up on this offer. Please watch and share their animated video. Read more here.

Coventry Covid Champions

People with learning disabilities often have their health needs unmet by services. Coventry Covid Champions, funded by Coventry City Council until the end of 2021, aims to increase understanding of social restrictions plus the importance of having the Covid vaccine when it is offered.

Online workshops, face-to-face meet ups (where possible) and clear information will all play a crucial role in bringing 200 isolated people back into their community, safely. The project also focuses on informing and empowering people with learning disabilities who are from ethnic minorities so they are not further disadvantaged by the crisis.

Teenvine Plus

Teenvine Plus is an intensive development programme for teens with autism or learning disabilities in Coventry. We help learning disabled youngsters to get the friendships, confidence and skills they need in order to mature into independent young adults able to achieve their ambitions.

“The kids make friends between themselves, that never happens. Normally they’re only ever brought together when the services want to give them the same treatment, like anger management or something. You don’t make friends like that.” (Parent of a young person with a learning disability)

We’re always on the lookout for ‘buddies’ too who are aged 13-18 and want to help our young people build a connected future and make some amazing memories. Email admin@grapevinecovandwarks.org to volunteer your time to change lives.

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Teenvine Plus Covid-19 Next Steps

Teenvine Plus Covid-19 Next Steps is an extension of the Teenvine Plus project, focusing on young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) who are among some of the most disadvantaged by the pandemic.

This project gives them access to the creative freedom to express their identity and make a plan for the future – boosted by new support networks, experiences and ambitions that grow and change as they do. 

A group of teenagers wearing face masks give the thumbs up to the camera in a Coventry park