Today Gemma Musgreaves, Connecting for Good Cov community organiser, presents to a national audience on what it means to bring participation to the places, spaces and systems we work in. The RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) event is called ‘Living Change: People, Place and Participation’ - a hybrid event held simultaneously in London and online. Zooming in from Coventry, Gemma will talk about Grapevine’s approach to participation (we don’t do anything w
In July, we shook out the faux grass, dug out the camping chairs and dusted off our work boots to set up the first parklet in Coventry in 18 months. Restrictions lifting means we are able to get outside and meet people again and we are very excited about this! With community members Charley, Amber and John there in support, it was time to talk. Our mission? To engage people in a conversation about transforming community mental health services in Coventry and Warwickshire. We’
When deputy head Jane Heavey of Riverbank Academy, Coventry approached our Connecting for Good team to work on loneliness and isolation with their young people, we jumped at the chance. Jane had attended our online summit to harness community spirit and turn it into community power during lockdown in 2020. Young people with learning disabilities, autism and speech and language communication disorders have been among some of the most socially isolated and severely affected by
We are recruiting! We need more amazing humans to join the #ConnectingforGoodCov movement to fight loneliness and isolation in Coventry. The easiest way to become part of this growing movement is to accept your first mission - sign up to our newsletter! We have included two free gifts designed by the talented artist Foka Wolf. Here's a little secret service film we created about the newsletter. Each month we share all the awesome action happening right here in Coventry and wa
Did you know that rainforests are our planet's oldest living ecosystems? Incredibly diverse, complex and vital to the survival of the plants and animals that call them home. In Connecting for Good Cov we have our own (much younger!) ecosystem in the fight against loneliness and isolation. The fundamental principle is not dissimilar to that of a rainforest - with diversity and connection at its heart. The tools, methods and actions evolve too to adapt to a changing climate (a
Today our students begin session one of the new term at Changemaker University - Connecting for Good Cov's free six-week course to help local people use community organising approaches to bring people together around a common vision to create more connected communities across Coventry. The first session looks at why connection matters in the fight against isolation and loneliness. This brings students right to the core of why we exist and why sparking action matters so much.
The new ‘term’ at Changemaker University starts in two weeks and we’re here to tell you – don’t miss out! At the heart of Connecting for Good Cov is the power of connecting with others to bring about the change we want to see. We created Changemaker University to further build our community of Changemakers. Connecting for Good Cov is a movement that is sparking action against loneliness and isolation in Coventry. What happens at Changemaker University? In a nutshell, we teach
Each month Coventry locals come together to collaborate and develop ideas into community-led action. People-powered social action sparked by Grapevine's #ConnectingforGoodCov movement! Each month we welcome breakout rooms focused on different ideas and social action. January's breakout rooms are: - The People's Legion, a club to welcome everyone - 'Good for the Sole' lockdown walking challenge - Stoke Aldermoor Social Action Partnership (SASAP). Click this link to register in