Her money stopped because she didn't understand the letters
about benefits or debts and put them in a drawer. People spotted
her vulnerability: drinking alcohol to disruptive levels and using
Sarah's home as their party pad.
After an anonymous tip off, social services intervened and took
her children away.
Rebecca, our advocacy worker, helped her clear her rent arrears,
showed her what to do to claim her benefits in future, helped her
move away from those exploiting her. And now her children are being
But we know that is not enough.
Over 3 years 30 parents like Sarah will benefit from improved
parenting, self-care and life skills so they can look after their
children better. Parents might be pregnant, involved in
court proceedings or rebuilding their life after adoption of a
child. We will give them root-cause tackling help wherever they are
at in the process.
With our help they will have more self-esteem and better
relationships with their community, increasing their ability to
cope in bad times. They will become better at communicating with
professionals and understanding what they say.
'Volunteer' parents will be sourced from Grapevine's richly
connected networks of community-spirited individuals and
organisations. They are carefully matched to skill and personality
needs, increasing the strength and longevity of their
For more contact Rebecca Taylor 024 7663 1040
Grapevine (Coventry and Warwickshire) Ltd
123 Upper Spon Street
NHS England Excellence Award Winner 2014
Registered in England No: 512 4883Registered Charity:1107969
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