During 2016/17 VAC helped:
75 individuals/organisations to set up/run community organisations
36 groups with an income of less than £10,000 per annum, the income of the majority we helped was below £30,000
38 groups run by or serving BAME communities
16 Social Enterprises
3 of every ten groups we helped were based in St Michaels ward with 20% of groups supported based in the City Centre.
54 Coventry based projects supported by VAC to secure Big Lottery funding bringing an investment of £5,987,740 into the city.
Here's a few examples of the groups we help and the work they undertake in Coventry:
In A Muddle - Is a community group that supports children and young people who have been affected by bullying by offering help and support to victims by running a youth club three to four times a week. The project aims to promote confidence, self-esteem and social interaction by offering a safe and supportive environment where young people can express themselves without fear of being bullied. They offer activities such as dance, drama, sports, art & crafts, cooking, trips, Martial Arts and a wide range of other activities. They also aim to reduce the effects that bullying has on the young person's life early on to avoid any lasting long term effects.
Coventry Links - To provide children and families support services within the BAME group. To focus mainly on HIV / AIDS related issues, health and social issues in the community.
CSCN - Is a refugee led community organisation run for and by refugee and migrants, aiming to integrate refugees, migrants and their families into the wider Coventry community through removing barriers and providing a range of tailored support services.
L-W-O lymph-what-oedema - Support group for those living with the life-long, incurable condition of Lymphoedema. L-W-O support both Primary and Secondary Lymphoedema. Their aim is to be caring, informative, positive and supportive. L-W-O is raising awareness and bringing people together who live with this debilitating condition.
Listening Post - Align - Aims to provide support to ex-service personnel and their families to support reintegration when they leave the service and support them to cope with experiences during their progress through service life. Support is provided via phone, email or face to face.
Trinjen - Set up to provide increased opportunities for ladies over 60 living in the Styvechale, Cheylesmore and Green Lane areas of Coventry to come together socially to enjoy group activities.
Vanny Radio - A Coventry-based internet-driven broadcaster run by volunteers. They aim to provide a platform and voice for the local community as well as inform of opportunities for young unemployed people.
The Hummingbird Centre (Midlands) - Support anyone affected by cancer: people with a cancer diagnosis, their carers and family members. Their objectives sum up the practical difference they want to make; a) to reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by people affected by cancer; b) to improve the physical and mental well-being of people affected by cancer. They provide peer support, complementary therapies, counselling, workshops and training to enable their clients to cope with their treatment and impact of their treatment.
God’s Coffee Shop - Provision of food and social support for people who are homeless and on the streets through a weekly on street café provided outside the Council house.
AB3D - Aims to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to develop their skills in traditional and contemporary South Asian art forms including dance, music, signing, poetry and drama.
Coventry & District Credit Union - A not for profit organisation which aims to provide affordable financial products to people from all walks of life. Committed to combating financial exclusion and the promotion of thrift and education. They offer sound financial products including low interest loans, savings, free life insurance (subject to conditions) and budgeting accounts.
Coventry Older Voices (COV) - COV's goal is to improve the lives of older people by giving people over 50 a stronger and more influential voice in the City. Representing the view of older people on important issues, such as transport and health. Enabling older people to participate meaningfully in the planning and provision of services locally.
Coventry Reading Service for the Blind and Partially Sighted - Home reading service for blind and partially sighted people.
Grangers - A social club for people with learning disabilities from the age of 14. They meet weekly in Willenhall for a night of fun, friendship and games, during term time.
Coventry Wheelchair User Group - A small virtual group of wheelchair users and carers who are interested in the quality and choice of wheelchair provided by the NHS for Coventry users, including the maintenance aspect. Members attend various committees and meetings to exchange information, network to raise the profile of the group and aim to have periodic social meetings.
Creative Cohesion West Midlands - Aims to work with different communities to enhance their personal, social, education and development. They develop projects to engage young people and work to build cohesion amongst communities.
Hadiza Foundation - Aims to provide information, advice and assistance that is tailored to meet the requirements of African-Caribbean’s and their families who are living with kidney failure in the UK.