Friday, 24th June 2016

On Tuesday 21st June 2016 Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good held a celebration event at St Peter’s Centre in Hillfields to recognise and celebrate the work of 7 voluntary and community organisations who are engaging Coventry University staff, students and local residents in a range of projects that are making a difference in communities around the university campus. 

The event provided an opportunity to hear about the funded projects and how working collaboratively has made an impact and created new opportunities.  Organisations presenting included:

  • Coffee Tots
  • Foleshill Women’s Training
  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
  • Godiva Trust
  • Highlife Centre
  • Positive Images Festival
  • Radio Plus

In addition there was an update on the Coventry FabLab  which is due to open shortly in the City Arcade in Coventry...more

Thursday, 21st April 2016

The Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good Grant aims to support voluntary and community organisations to develop projects and activities that encourage and improve social relations, involve volunteers and take place in areas near to Coventry University where there is a high student population.  The Fund offers the opportunity for organisations to test out new and innovative ideas whilst being supported by Coventry University staff and/or students.

Round 2 of the Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good Community Grant focused on supporting organisations delivering:

a) Activities that promote intergenerational collaboration.

b) Activities that are focused on increasing skills and employability.

c) Activities that link with FABLAB Coventry

Four organisations have been awarded funding:

The Highlife Centre - Youth Vision Project which aims to increase young people’s chances of having ‘better futures’ through developing employability and enterprise skills.

Allsorts Coventry CIC – Memory Lane project will use creative arts to create memories in many forms such as scrap books, mixed media pictures and...more

Thursday, 10th March 2016
Foleshill Womens Training successfully received funding from the Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good grant scheme (Round 1) to support their Wellbeing Workshops.   Christine McNaught & Sheridan Henderson reported below:   "The project began at the end of September 2015. So far we have delivered 40 themed ‘Wellbeing workshops’ (coffee mornings) every Wednesday at the Hillfields Hub, and Friday mornings at FWT.   The workshops have been designed with innovative and differing themes each week/month, to keep attendees interested, and to enable women to develop their skills continuously whilst beginning to tackle health inequalities and confidence issues.    Since September 2015, 15 new women have been engaged and are regularly attending the Hillfields Hub Workshops. The women were isolated, hard to reach, and these coffee mornings enabled...more
Thursday, 10th March 2016

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust successfully secured funding from the Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good grant scheme (Round 1) to support their Vision Volunteering project.

Matthew Cox, Youth Engagement Officer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said:

"The Vision Volunteering project in Hillfields has been running every Wednesday since the beginning of January 2016. The turnout from students at the University has been very consistent which has meant that we have already achieved a lot. So far 101 volunteer hours have been contributed to the area.

For the first half of the project we have been working on a community centre garden (pictured below), East Street pocket park litter pick and flower beds off Victoria road. As of the beginning of March the project has also extended to Leigh Street allotments on a Monday afternoon where there is some great opportunities for students and local community members to mix. 


Thursday, 10th March 2016

Coffee Tots successfully received funding from the Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good grant scheme (Round 1) to support their 'Fresh Start' Job Club. 

Catherine Bartlem said:

"Firstly we would like to thank Coventry University and Coventry 4 Good for their support over the last six months as part of the Coventry University Community Grant Fund.  We are both excited and encouraged by how the project is progressing.

Our job club is called “Fresh Start” (poster below) and was launched autumn 2015 with the aim of preparing people to be ready to make a fresh start in 2016.

We have been building (and will continue to build) a bank of work experience placements covering retail, office/admin, early years, building and charity sector.  These are mainly Coventry based but include one in Leamington (on the bus route from Coventry)."

Read the full report...more