We help people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage
move towards a positive future. Everything we do is based on our
Connections matter - services can't always be
there, but other people can. Grapevine supports people to build
resilience-enhancing relationships and connections to others. Many
people facing difficult times don't have the support of strong
Everyone has something to offer - people have
strengths and abilities. Grapevine can help them find others who
will welcome their contribution. Often people are stigmatised,
labelled and just seen as having needs.
A good life is a life that grows and
changes - too many people
live on the edge of coping and never open up their prospects of a
We all need the chance to learn from our
mistakes - we have to stick with people even when it's
hard to do that. We also have to think about what we are learning
as staff and how we need to change too.
Too often paid professionals think they know what's
best. But at Grapevine, we stand together with the people
we support - we don't take over. We stand behind people and try to
see the world through their eyes.
We value passion. We believe in what we do and
we believe in what other people can do. We go where need is
greatest, bringing a dynamic flexibility and a belief in the
ability of communities and individuals to thrive.
"I have now met and worked with many of Grapevine's staff
and the common feature of all of them is that they display passion
for their work and high levels of emotional intelligence. Grapevine
is clearly highly skilled in identifying the right people to
work for them and is equally skilled in nurturing them and
developing their interest into a passion."
Sue Bent, Director of Coventry Law
Grapevine was set up in 1994 becoming a charity in 2004. We
originally helped people with learning disabilities. Since 2012 we
have supported a broad range of people all of whom were going
through severe isloation, poverty, disadvantage and discrimination.
We now tackle problems faced by young undocumented migrants,
'Troubled Families', disabled people, vulnerable parents and local
Grapevine is a registered charity and a company limited by
guarantee. We have a Board of Trustees half of whose trustees have
lived experience of these issues. They are responsible for the
governance of Grapevine.