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Your Neighbourhood, Your Community, Your City 

Welcome to the website of Coventry Community Empowerment Network (CEN)

We are a network of community groups working to improve our neighbourhoods and city.  We work to find out what's going on, to support each other, and influence decision makers. We can help you get your voice heard on the issues that matter to you and your community.

More about CEN

Events and Latest News


General Election 8th June 2017 ... How do I register to vote?

You can register online at

To vote in the General Election on 8 June, you need to register by 11:59pm on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.

You will need to provide 'identifying information', such as your date of birth and national insurance number when applying and your application will need to be verified with Government records before you are added to the register.  If your details are not matched then you may be asked to provide an alternative form of evidence to prove your identity (for example a Passport, Photo Driving Licence, Biometric Residence Permit or National Identity Card).  If you have the facility to scan documents, then we do accept a clear scanned copy and it must be emailed to  

For more information visit:

Thyme To Be growing session for family carers - June

at: Ryton Organic Gardens

on: Wednesday, 14 June 2017 -11:00am to 3:00pm

Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage alone due to illness, disability, mental health needs or old age?

Garden Organic is offering family carers in Coventry and Warwickshire an opportunity to meet like-minded people, garden and learn new skills together in the relaxing surroundings of Ryton Organic Gardens.

Throughout 2017 we are running growing sessions for local carers. Sessions will vary each time but will include practical growing activities such as propagating plants and sowing seeds. The days will be flexible so you can drop in at any time or stay all day, and you can attend as many or as few as you like.

Refreshments will be provided, and transport and replacement care are available from Carers Trust Heart of England (limited availability).

In addition to this date, further sessions will be run on 22nd March, 25th April, 16th May, 11th July, 8th August and 6th September.

Booking a place: 

Booking is not required, however if you would like to let us know that you are thinking of dropping in, or to talk about the project in more details please contact us.

Cost [member]: 
Cost [non member]: 
Contact Phone: 
024 7621 7747


Connecting Communities Consultation

What is this Consultation?

The purpose of this consultation is to invite discussion on the challenges facing Coventry City Council on a set of ten proposals for: libraries, play centres, public conveniences, community centres and the youth commissioning budget as we consider making changes to the way our services are delivered from 2016/17. The consultation will take place from 7th December 2015 (9am) to 1st February 2016 (5pm).


Coventry City Council Consultation

Reductions in Grants to External Organisations Consultation

Coventry City Council is currently consulting regarding their proposals to make changes to their Grants to Voluntary Organisations from 2016/17.  For more information and to have your say by completing the council's on line survey please click  here.  The information you provide will help to shape and influence Coventry City Council's decision on the new grant funding levels to apply from 1st April 2016 that will be taken by Cabinet on 5 January 2016.  The consulation is open until 6th December 2015.


Fuel Poverty Conference on 22 September 2015 9.30 - 13.30

Fuel poverty is a growing issue which has been featuring in the national press over recent years. This event is being co-hosted by the Coventry and Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnerships in recognition that this is a national issue and that partnership working and local arrangements are seen as important drivers in tackling fuel poverty.

The outcomes of this conference are to: 

Places to this conference are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please book early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more information please contact Louise Richards, Warwickshire Financial Inclusion Partnership - 01926 412696 or Tina Wukics, Coventry Partnership - 024 7683 2683


Armed Forces Community Covenant Funding 2015 - 2016

The application form and guidance for Covenant Fund small and large grants has gone live! 

For more information about how to apply please go to the Armed Forces Covenant page.

The Aged Veterans Fund

The Aged Veterans Fund will be launched on 20 August 2015.  For futher information about the fund, how to apply and the eligibility criteria please see:  Armed Forces Covenant Page


Winners of the Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2015 

Coventry Partnership and CEMAP are delighted to announce the winners of the Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2015.  Congratulations to all the winners and runners up.  More photographs are available on the Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2015 page.

Ken Sloan, Chair of Coventry Partnership and Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Warwick with The Very Revd. John Witcombe, The Dean of Coventry Cathedral  and Cllr. Michael Hammon, Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry with the award winners.

Private Sector

Public Sector

Voluntary and Community Sector (large)

Voluntary and Community Sector (small)

Young People

Peace and Reconciliation 

The following people received certificates from The Very Revd. John Witcombe Dean of Coventry in recognition of their individual contributions in making Coventry a City of Peace and Reconciliation


Adoption Focus partners with Radio Plus 

Thursday 18th June 2015 

The Ricoh Arena Community Space, South Stand, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Coventry, CV6 6GE
No need to register, just come along at 6.00pm

As part of its growing partnership with Radio Plus, Midlands-based adoption agency Adoption Focus is putting on a Coventry Information Event in association with Adoption in the Black Country (ABC) on 18 June 2015 at The Ricoh Arena Community Space, South Stand, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE from 8pm. 

Radio Plus will be supporting the marketing of this event and already has adverts playing to encourage listeners to consider adopting, especially those from the faith community. 

Radio Plus is already working with Adoption Focus to increase the number of adoptive families from the Coventry & Warwickshire area by making presentations in local churches and ,supporting the agency with its marketing materials.

Tim Coleman, Station Manager said, "We’re looking forward to working with the new Head of Business Development for Adoption Focus, Jo Lee to move forward plans to grow the profile of the agency across the area and increase the number of stories about adoption heard on Radio Plus.” 

For more information on Adoption Focus, log on to


The Big Lunch Sunday 7 June 2015

The aim of the Big Lunch on Sunday 7 June 2015 is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK andCoventry to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. The Big Lunch can be held in your streets, gardens and community spaces. 

For more information please see the attached documents:

Information about the Big Lunch 2015:  BIG Lunch Party Sunday 7th June 2015.pdf

Please read guidance regarding road closures or temporary Play Street closures :  Road Closure Guide v3.pdf or Play Streets Closure Guide 

Please visit


Credit Union Outreach opens in Cheylesmore

A new outreach service of Coventry & District Credit Union was opened on the 14th May 2015 by Hazel Noonan, during her final days as the Lord Mayor of Coventry.   The Cheylesmore Credit Union outreach collection operates from the community hall attached to Quinton Park Baptist Church, from 10am-12noon each Thursday.    


Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2015

Coventry is a city proud of its heritage as a city of peace and reconciliation and we want to continue to build upon the good community relations in our city. 

Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2015 are designed to recognise what local people have done for Coventry to remain a cohesive City. 

The Coventry Community Cohesion Awards celebrate people and activities that have contributed to building cohesive communities and recognise the significant contributions they make towards cohesion in the city.

This year we are very pleased to be have been working with Coventry Cathedral and have an additional Coventry Community Cohesion Peace and Reconciliation Awards aimed at an individual from Coventry in recognition of what they are doing at grassroots level to promote and embrace Peace and Reconciliation.  

Applications are welcome from the voluntary and community sector, young people, the public and private sector.

Launch Date:  23 March 2015

Deadline for completed applications:   8 May 2015
Announcement of shortlisted projects:  8 June 2015

Award Ceremony at St Mary's Guildhall 24 June 2015 (evening) 


Coventry Partnership Conference 2015

Coventry and Growth: Securing maximum benefit for all

Coventry Partnership hosted a very successful Conference on 12 March 2015 at the Welcome Centre, Coventry.  It was attended by 200 delegates from organisations across Coventry who listened to keynote speakers and attended a variety of workshops.  Ken Sloan,  Chair of the Coventry Partnership with the group of inspirational children and young people from Sidney Stringer Academy, Corpus Christi, St Patrick’s , St Gregory’s, and St Peter & Paul’s Primary Schools.  The Keynote Speakers from the Coventry Partnership Conference were Professor Christina Hughes, Jonathan Browning, Sarah Boyle, Jamal Vincent, Sheila Bates, Ken Sloan, Chair of Coventry Partnership and Professor Andrew Oswald. 

There were presentations from:

Inclusive Solutions, a diverse team of experienced educational psychologists and innovative practitioners facilitated a children and young peoples workshop to explore 'What would make Coventry Great for Young People'.  Please see the attached graphic which map some of the thoughts and ideas the children and young people expressed on the day. 

It was agreed that all the ideas and information gathered at the workshops will be collated and reviewed and at the next Coventry Partnership meeting on the 2 April the Chair will discuss and review with partners the information gathered and decide what next steps will be taken.  The Coventry Partnership is looking for 3 or 4 keys areas of work where they can add value to help and support local people.

For further information please contact the Coventry Partnership on 024 7683 2683/024 7683 4356 or click  here.


Coventry Community Forum

These meetings take place on the first Monday of each month unless they fall on a Bank Holiday in which case they fall back to the following Monday evening.


Making Every Contact Count -  FREE health training  for community groups

Times and dates for the sessions

23rd February 2015, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
6th March 2015, 10.00am to 1.00pm
18th March 2015, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Train the Trainer session

19th March 2015, 10am to 1.00pm

Please contact Ruth Burdett for more information.

Programme Manager Innovation and Development Fund

Group Support Assistant

29 Warwick Road, Coventry, CV1 2ES

T: 024 7622 0381

F: 024 7625 7720




Surviving Winter Fund Open For Applications

The Surviving Winter Fund aims to help those older and more vulnerable people during the cold winter months. Projects that engage with the older population and provides activities such as hot lunch clubs, exercise classes, things that improve quality of life and tackle social isolation.

Eligible projects can apply for up to £1,000.  This funding is available through the Heart of England Community Foundation - please contact Kat Venton on 024 76883262 or email  for an informal chat.

To apply online please go to


Deadline approaching for VAC Innovation Awards

The way local people use public services has to change drastically given the huge reductions in local authority budgets and the growing funding gap in the NHS. The VAC Innovation Award 2015 recognises voluntary and community organisations pioneering new ways of delivering public services to manage public demand for services in a responsible, sustainable way.

Through masterclasses, the awards will enable the learning, core skills and aptitudes from all shortlisted applications to be shared widely with colleagues from the statutory sector as part of workforce development. The two category winners will also have the opportunity to present to the Local Public Service Board in May, which brings together the most senior officers of the statutory sector.

To apply, please contact Rob Allison for an application form. The deadline for completed applications is 4 February.


Victim Services Capacity Fund - Coventry 2014 - 2015

Coventry Police & Crime Board was allocated just over £75,000 by the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner as a victim services capacity fund. The funding was provided to local Boards in order that they could work locally with their victim support services in order to build capacity and capability in the voluntary sector to deliver services to victims of crime. 

For more information please download leaflet.  


Do you know someone who might like to become a Healthwatch Volunteer?

Come and volunteer with us in 2015.

Healthwatch Coventry are the local consumer champion for health and social care. We are recruiting volunteers to visit care homes and NHS services to see what is being done well and what could be improved.

We provide full training, support and out of pocket expenses.

As a volunteer you would also become a member of Healthwatch Coventry and receive information about local health and social care services and regular updates about our work.

For more info contact . 
Visit our website 
Or call us 024 76 220381 (option 5)


Council 2015/16 budget consultation document out

The Council's budget proposals for 2015/16 are out for consultation until 27 January, with the second consultation meeting taking place at 10:00am - 12:00pm on Friday 23 January 2015.

An additional £10m p.a. has been budgeted for Children's Services to pay for additional social workers and placement costs for Looked After Children.

The overall level of savings proposed to other Council budgets include:

• £6m savings from major changes to the Council's staffing in 2015/16, rising to £9m and £15m in the following two years
• £1m savings from major changes to the Council's premises in 2015/16, rising to £4m and £10m in the following two years, including the move of Council offices to Friargate and the rationalisation of Council premises as part of the Kickstart, Customer Journey and City Centre First programmes 
• £1.2m p.a. saving on the £11m voluntary sector grants budget, phased so that the 2015/16 saving is £700k, the full saving applying from 2016/17 onwards 
• £1m savings on social work packages, rising to £2m in subsequent years, plus an additional £250k saving next year through financial assessments and charging
• £500k savings in Public Health, rising to £1.1m and £1.65m in subsequent years
• A further £13m of savings to be made in 2016/17 on top of the 2016/17 savings already identified within these proposals, assuming that all the proposed level of savings for 2015/16 are achieved

The savings proposed for Council staffing come on top of previous redundancies and will produce a very different looking Council by 2018; the need to be saving £10m on premises costs by 2018 will drive a massive rationalisation of property and services.

Public expectations of services will have to be very different in future with such massive reductions in staffing and expenditure. Expectations of commissioned voluntary sector services will also be different, with greater emphasis on changing and reducing public demand on services, requiring some very different thinking about how services work and some innovative solutions. Click here for details of a new programme to recognise this

For further details of the proposed cuts, click here:

For details of the consultation meetings including how to book places, please see the attached letter.

Letter - Partners Voluntary,Public, Private.doc61 KB


New Offices for Coventry and District Credit Union

The new offices of the Coventry and District Credit Union open on Monday 19th January, 2015 at 144 Walsgrave Road, Coventry.  The Credit Union have received at grant from Coventry City Council and Councillor Damien Gannon said:  "Credit Unions support residents who need access to credit with a better alternative to pay day loans."

Coventry Partnership Financial Inclusion Forum, of which Coventry and District Credit Union are a member, wish Isabelle Osbourne and her team well in their new premises.  


Breast Screening in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull

If you are aged 47 - 73 you may have been offered a breast screening appointment.

We screen every 3 years and if the appointment we send out is not convenient we can offer a range of appointments at different times, including early evenings and Saturday appointments.

Please feel free to call 02476 967200 at UHCW NHS Trust to re book an appointment if you have missed it or if the appointment is not convenient and to discuss any concerns or any questions you may have about Breast Screening.

Breast Screening Saves Lives


The Cinnamon Trust Volunteer Appeal Ansty

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets. We seek to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem.

Our aim is to relieve the owners of any worry concerning the welfare of their pets both during and after their own lifetime making us unique amongst charities.

All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Volunteers take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take their dogs for walks, they help with cat care, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean the budgie's cage out.

For further information contact Sally direct on 01736 758707 or email 

The volunteers can gain access to our volunteer page on our website or 


Coventry Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

Public Health will be launching the Coventry Health and Wellbeing external newsletter early January. It will be circulated monthly and will have information on all health and wellbeing initiatives that the public health team and its partners work on or support on. It will be available for the public to sign up to and will be useful for partners and voluntary organisations. If you would like to sign up to the Coventry Health and Wellbeing newsletter click here


Winter Wonderland Fair

  • Food
  • Baked Goods
  • Games 
  • Face painting
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Raffles
  • Santa's Grotto 
  • Jewellery sales
  • Book sales
  • Tombola
  • Hot drinks
  • BBQ
  • Nail Art 
  • Bouncy castle
  • Tournaments
  • Deal or No Deal

And so much more...

Where: Sidney Stringer Academy, 2 Primrose Hill, Street CV1 5LY

When: Saturday 13th December 2014

Time : 10:30-1:00

20p entrance per person   


Community Wellbeing Project

Community Wellbeing project road show dates:

Hagard Centre, Willenhall 12th August 2014, 11am - 2pm,

Stoke Aldermoor Community Centre, Stoke Aldermoor 3rd September 2014, 10 - 11.30am


Coventry City Council Launch the 2014-15 Community Grant Fund

Coventry City Council is pleased to inform you of the launch of the 2014-15 Community Grant Fund. The funding pot is £100,000. Funding will be allocated via 2 funding rounds. Deadlines for applications to the 2 rounds are:

Round 1: Deadline for applications is 4pm on Monday 30 June 2014
Round 2: Deadline f or applications is 4pm on Wednesday 31 December 2014

Applicants: Please ensure that you read the Grant Funding Criteria carefully before completing your application as incomplete forms will not be considered.

However, for anyone who prefers to complete a paper copy, there will be paper copies available from Council House reception.

This funding is intended to help Voluntary and Community groups throughout Coventry develop their capacity and promote positive sustainable change in neighbourhoods. Projects will be expected to enhance the local environment and/or improve the general health and well-being of citizens of Coventry. This grant fund complements and supports the Council’s objective of encouraging residents to “do more for themselves” and increase self-sufficiency. This will help further the development of actively engaged, sustainable, resilient communities within Coventry.

A lot of interest in this fund is expected and applicants should understand that, while careful consideration will be given to each application, it may not be possible to fund all applicants, even if applications come within the criteria set out above.

If you require further information about the Community Grant Fund, please contact the Community Development Team on 024 7683 1195.


Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6th June


Coventry Living Well Courses for anyone affected by cancer - a course for anyone affected by cancer: 

The Living Well with the Impact of Cancer course is free and available for anyone living with cancer and their close supporter. The course shows how to take simple steps to live well with cancer.

The course may help you:

  • Manage stress through relaxation and simple breathing exercises.
  • Cope with the emotional and psychological impact of cancer and its treatment.
  • Find out about how to prepare and enjoy healthy food.
  • Find a way to bring manageable exercise into your life.
  • Discuss the impact of a cancer diagnosis on relationships.
  • Consider how living with cancer affects our deepest values and beliefs.
  • Receive basic information on financial welfare

Each course will be held over three days and will start at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm each day. Please complete and return booking form by one week prior to course.
We are able to provide our services free of charge, thanks to the charitable donations 

The course will be held on:
Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 & Friday 27 June 2014 and again on Saturday 13, Saturday 20 & Saturday 27 September 2014 10.00am to 4.00pm at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry CV1 5QP

To book please visit:
Phone: 01275 370 111


The Big Lunch - 1st June 2014

The Big Lunch is back!  What is a 'Big Lunch'?  Anything from a simple lunch in the garden, to a BIG community event that brings communities together. A one day get together for neighbours across the UK.  This year the Big Lunch date is Sunday 1st June 2014.

It is a chance for neighbours from different generations and backgrounds to get to know one another whilst participating in a fun event, enjoying conversations, sharing stories, skills and interests. If you would like to arrange a ‘Big Lunch get together' in Coventry then why not visit the 'Big Lunch’ website where you can register your Coventry Event and receive a free pack with:  Posters, Invitations, Ideas and support.

The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project
 and partnered by the Department for Communities & Local Government, Lottery funded and supported by Asda, Halifax and Streetclub by B & Q.  All the BIG Lunches that have taken place have had a really positive effect and this can be seen in the photographs on the 'Big Lunch’ website.


The Coventry Partnership and CEMAP(Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership) would like to remind you that the deadline for the Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2014 is Friday 16th May.  


If you are an organisation or community group that has practically demonstrated how you have supported or strengthened community cohesion in Coventry we would like to hear from you.  All you need to do is visit the Coventry Partnership website on and download an application form.   

We welcome applications from voluntary and community groups, the public and private sector and schools and colleges.   The awards will be judged in five categories to ensure we attract a wide range of entries, from as many organisations as possible, to reflect the active citizens and strong and involved communities we have in Coventry.  The closing date for completed applications is 16 May 2014 at 5.00pm.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an Awards Ceremony at St. Mary’s Guildhall on the evening of3 July 2014.

If you have any queries, questions or require any further information or support please do not hesitate to contact: 024 7683 4356 or 


New Funding Opportunity - Community Wellbeing Project


Consulation on Coventry Sports Stategy

A new strategy to develop sporting opportunities for all, support talented local sports people and invest in sports facilities across Coventry has been unveiled. 

The new Coventry Sports Strategy, drawn up after months of consultation with sports groups, and key organisations in the city, will see the Council work with sports groups to improve sporting structures and opportunities for people to take part in sport. 

Consultation on the strategy has now begun and runs until Monday 24 March 2014. People can take part in the consultation by visiting


Extra time access to free use computers and free printing is now available for Coventry’s library users affected by changes to the welfare system.

The offer is for up to 50 free prints each month and is available at all 17 libraries across Coventry.

It covers people wanting prints from or websites as an increasing amount of changes to welfare reform have to be accessed online.

Coventry’s library service is seeing a rapid increase in the number of people using computers at its libraries because of the on-going government changes to welfare reform covering changes to benefits, under occupancy of houses, job seekers allowance and budget management.

Library staff will also be available to show any users affected by the welfare changes the most up to date information and to signpost them to expert advice providers if necessary such as the CHYPP service attached.

The offer will run alongside the recently introduced two hour free access to library computers available to all library users each day.

To take advantage of the offer visit one of Coventry’s libraries or visit for further information.


Voluntary/Third Sector Engagement Event

Wednesday 19 March 2014, Novotel M6/J3 Coventry, Wilson Lane, Coventry, CV6 6HL - 10am till 3pm

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust’s Equal Partners Strategy, recognises the importance of engagement with wider Voluntary / Third Sector and community groups. 

This strategy is a key component of the Trust’s approach towards involvement in planning, shaping and delivering our services.

Sue Eato, Associate Director Service User Carer Involvement is leading on this area of work.

The focus of the event will be to improve and develop our engagement with the Voluntary sector.

If you would like to attend above event, please complete the reply slip below and send it marked for the attention of:


Mrs Jaspreet Singh, The Engagement Team, Involvement Engagement Co-ordinator, 

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust, 

Wayside House, 

Wilson Lane, 

Coventry, CV6 6NY 


An introduction to good safeguarding practice, 24th March 2014

Delivered by Children England these sessions form part of a series of four courses examining different aspects of child protection in light of changes to the legal framework.  

This course is intended for people working with children and young people, to help ensure you understand the procedures you need to have in place. 

The session will provide the opportunity to : 

• Have an understanding of the role of the Safe Network and the resources available to support providers. 
• Get to grips with the Are They Safe? resource and how it may be used to support good practice. 
• Share opportunities and identify support needs for the VCS 
• Identify essential steps in developing best safeguarding practice in VCS provision

Cost: VAC member £30, nno-VAC member £45. 

For more information or to book a place please contact the Admin team at Voluntary Action Coventry on 024 7622 0381

or e-mail 


Free workshops for Organisations delivering victims services

Free skills and information workshops will be held across England for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations that deliver victims' services and are planning to bid to the public sector to deliver local services.

From 1 October 2014, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be responsible for commissioning the majority of victims' services locally through funding from the Ministry of Justice. This means that VCSE sector service providers may be bidding to their local PCC to obtain funding to deliver services, as well bidding to other public sector bodies.

The Ministry of Justice intends to support the VCSE sector through this new commissioning landscape and to increase their capability and capacity to deliver services including those commissioned by PCCs.
Workshops, which are being delivered by Pulse Regeneration, will help VCSE organisations prepare for commissioning, and are designed to better enable frontline service providers to bid for grants and/or contracts when tendering processes are launched.

Key learning outcomes include developing an understanding of the changing commissioning landscape, procurement processes and commercial principles, how to build relationships with local funding providers, the bid management process, how to manage transition from winning a bid to delivery, and performance and outcomes.

Workshop attendees will receive:

  • An intensive one day workshop.
  • A mixture of technical training, together with group exercises.
  • Peer-to-peer learning, including time for reflection and consideration.
  • Examples of good and bad practice.
  • 'Bite sized' modules, concluding with a full Q&A.
  • Opportunity to learn from a guest speaker.
  • A variety of resources and materials.
    The workshops are free and are being delivered in each of the PCC areas across England. Although a few workshops have already taken place, most workshops will take place from now through early June 2014. Places are limited and registration is required.

The local Workshop will be held in Warwick on the 7th May 9.30am -16.00pm.

You can book by visiting 


Coventry Watch Museum Fundraising Event - Thursday 10th April 2014, 7.30pm, Ricoh Arena

The city's Coventry Watch Museum is looking forward to welcoming TV antiques expert Charles Hanson to their fundraising event at the Ricoh Arena.

The valuer auctioneer from the BBC's Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It! will be at the Legends Lounge on Thursday, April 10 from 7.30pm when it is hoped £5,000 will be raised by around 250 guests for vital maintenance costs at the Museum.

The independent museum displays watches, clocks, tools and maps celebrating watchmaking history in Coventry - the industry dates back to the 1680s - and the charitable project aims to honour the city's formidable artistry and craftsmanship.

After a welcome and short presentation from Museum Chairman, Paul Shufflebotham, Charles will entertain guests with tales from the auction world before attempting 50 valuations in 30 minutes and rounding off the evening on the rostrum with an auction and raffle.

There is a £5 entry charge and further information is available from Peter on 02476 402331 or by emailing


 Feeling Good and Doing Well in Coventry

Valley House has secured a contract with Coventry City Council to deliver their new Community Wellbeing Development Programme!

The Programme will support community groups and local residents to take action to deliver the 10 ways of wellbeing - - and will run from February 2014 to March 2015.  Valley House will be working in partnership with Grapevine and the Community Empowerment Network (CEN).

The aim of the Wellbeing Project is to develop the wellbeing and build up resilience of communities in Coventry by working with grassroots community groups. The service will engage with groups, irrespective of any constituted status, and provide information and support to improve the wellbeing of their members and other members of the community or service users. Valley House will promote the “10 ways to feeling good and doing well” as a key framework for developing interventions or ideas to improve wellbeing.  

Valley House will provide funding of £45,000 to groups, as small grants to facilitate and enable activities promoting wellbeing.

The Community Wellbeing Development Programme will engage primarily with residents or groups of residents of priority neighbourhoods in Coventry; this includes residents of Foleshill, Hillfields, Willenhall/Stoke Aldermoor, Wood End/Bell Green, Tile Hill and Canley. This may include communities of interest, where majority (i.e. at least 50%) of beneficiaries are resident in these priority neighbourhoods.  

There will also be a percentage of grants available to other interested areas of Coventry to apply for.  

If you would like to attend the Stakeholder Workshop for the Community Wellbeing Programme on Wednesday 12  March (see attached invitation) please contact or telephone 02476 266280.







Archery Indoors - Archery Sessions at The Ricoh Arena Community Space ... 

... more dates now available in March, April, May, June and July 2014

Costs are £5.00 Adult per session 16 years+ and £4.00 per session Under 16 years. 

To book your session contact: Mary or Caroline on 07432 441559 or 07804 154471.

Coventry Boot Camp

Coventry Boot Camp is an intensive two-week course that will improve your skills and abilities, restore your confidence and motivation and inspire you to fulfil your potential.  Coventry Boot Camp runs from 31st March – 11th April 2014 with an assessment day on Monday 24th March 2014.  Please see attached flyer Spring 2014 flyer.pdf 

  • Are you aged 16 - 19 yrs?
  • Are you available between 31.03.2014 - 11.04.2014 
  • Not in work or education?
  • Do you want to have fun and test your individual and team skills?
  • Do you want the opportunity to secure an apprenticeship work placement or a place on an educational course?
  • If the answer is yes to all the above then Coventry Boot Camp is for you!

For an application form please call Joanna on 024 7649 6725 or email 


Foleshill Women's Training - Health and Wellbeing coffee mornings for women - March 2014 - Every Friday 10.30am - 12.00pm - Free sessions!

Friday 7th March - Pampering nail/mehndi session supported by Coventry Haven. 
Come along, relax and celebrate International Women's Week.

Friday 14th March - A relaxing embroidery session with Davinder from Phoenix Stitchers.

Friday 21st March - Mother's Day Gifts - Making cards/paper napkin flowers as handmade gifts for your Mum.

Friday 28th March - Awareness session on safeguarding adults and children

Supported by Manjit from CRASAC.


Council proposing cuts to discretionary rate relief for voluntary organisations

As part of its cuts to save an additional £16m in 2015/16 rising to £39m in 2016/17, the Council is looking to save £500k p.a. by cutting some discretionary rate relief to voluntary organisations from 1 April 2015 and is consulting on its proposals including the detail of how the policy would work.

The Council is required to give 80% mandatory rate relief to registered charities and there is no proposed change there. What is at stake is the 20% discretionary rate relief for charities, and the discretionary rate relief granted to some voluntary organisations who are not charities, including some sports clubs and arts organisations.
The Council is not proposing a blanket cut of all discretionary rate relief - an organisation's purpose, ability to pay and number of premises will all factor into the decision. Where discretionary rate relief is granted, it would normally be 50% of the level previously given and would only apply to one property. 100% rate relief might still be granted to organisations "where contractual commitments exist with the Council therefore alleviating the need for the Council to provide services direct and where additional costs would fall to council tax papers".

The consultation document notes that the following organisations are unlikely to be granted any discretionary rate relief:

  • national charities
  • housing associations
  • charity shops who do not operate exclusively in Coventry
  • organisations with gaming facilities or a licensed bar as a major function
  • organisations that do not meet key criteria including ability to pay, contribution to Council objectives and accessibility to all

There is further detail - please see the consultation document:

The consultation closes on 5th February 2014.


New face for Coventry City Council External Funding Help Desk

Pete Lowen has come from the voluntary sector in Birmingham to support Coventry voluntary organisations with their funding needs and issues as the new Coventry City Council External Funding Assistant.

Pete can offer a range of support including regular funding bulletins and newsflashes, general advice on funding, funding searches using databases, interpreting the results of searches and reviewing draft bids. Pete will work with Ruth and Simon from Group Support to ensure that the best opportunities are made available to voluntary organisations across the City.

If you wish to be put on the Funding Help Desk mailing list please contact Pete at  

The External Funding Helpdesk are undertaking a survey to help them identify how they can continue to improve the service. If you would like to complete the survey please follow the following link:


New vision for sport in Coventry

A new strategy to develop sporting opportunities for all, support talented local sports people and invest in sports facilities across Coventry has been unveiled.

The new Coventry Sports Strategy, drawn up after months of consultation with sports groups, and key organisations in the city, will see the Council work with sports groups to improve sporting structures and opportunities for people to take part in sport.

The strategy - which has now been launched for public consultation - also proposes the building of a new leisure centre in the city centre that will include a 25 metre pool, a water park with slides, fitness suite, climbing wall, squash courts and spa. Once the new facility is open the current city centre sports centre, in Fairfax Street, will close.

Other key recommendations in the strategy include establishing a Coventry Institute of Sport to provide early specialist support services for talented local athletes. The strategy also includes proposals to support sports clubs, venues and schools to secure a total of £4m of investment into their community sports facilities and the launch of a Coventry Sports Network to deliver £10m of investment in sport. A strategic events and tourism partnership will also be set up to bid for fifteen major sporting events to take place in the city.

For more information please visit Coventry City Council website


Grants to Promote Swimming in Local Communities

Swimathon is the world's biggest fundraising swim. The Swimathon Foundation offers grants each year to promote swimming in local communities. The grants are funded by the Swimathon Foundation and administered by British Swimming and the Swimming Trust.

Grants of between £300 and £2,500 will be awarded to support innovative and sustainable projects which are helping more people participate in and enjoy swimming. The pools must be participating in Swimathon 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a representative of, or have the support of, a pool participating in Swimathon 2014. A full list of the more than 600 participating Swimathon pools can be found on Sport Relief website
  • Provide and promote swimming in their local community.
  • Have an innovative project idea that targets a group of swimmers who are not already regularly participating.

Full details along with an online application form can be found on the Swimathon Foundation website


The Ricoh Arena Community Space...

Your community venue ...

The Ricoh Arena Community Space, which was a planning requirement for the Arena Development and opened in 2006, offers first class room hire with associated facilities and services to community and voluntary groups both locally and city wide.  Operated by the community for the community The Ricoh Arena Community Space, which is a registered charity, is currently promoting use of its rooms, facilities and services to all community and voluntary groups for their autumn and winter activities.

Do you want to set up a club?

Need a room for a meeting or social event? 

Looking for a venue for an activity, classes or a course? 

Want affordable, high quality, community facilities?

Then look no further - your community venue -

The Ricoh Arena Community Space … is ready and waiting for you! 

·        Selection of furnished rooms accommodating from 2 -150 people

·        Use of fully equipped kitchen area for preparation of hot and cold drinks

·        Available for both regular and one off bookings

·        Very competitive rates, including community and not for profit   

To make a booking, for further details, or to arrange a visit for a tour and chat about your requirements over a cup of tea or coffee,  please contact us on 07766 142238 or email:

More information is also available on our website at: 





 Come along and join in the FREE festivities. Christmas Lunch, presents and entertainment


*Families welcome 




The Twelve On Line Frauds of Christmas

West Mercia Police have highlighted the need to be aware of Online Fraud this Christmas.  Please follow this link for more information:  




Coventry Community Forum

The next forum meeting will take place on 2nd December, 2013 commencing at 5.30 p.m. at Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau, Sun Alliance House, 15 Little Park Street, Coventry  CV1 2JZ. These meetings take place on the first Monday of each month unless they fall on a Bank Holiday in which case they fall back to the following Monday evening.

  • To find out more about how to contact the West Midlands Police see leaflet - How can I help



Healthy Life Consultation

St Peter’s Centre, Charles Street, Coventry, CV1 5NP, 6 - 8pm Monday 2 December 2013

Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, Winston Avenue, Coventry, CV2 1DX, 6 - 8pm Tuesday 3 December 2013

Foleshill Library, Broad Street, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 5BG, 5.30- 7pm Wednesday 4 December 2013

A healthy diet and a physically active life are central to staying fit and well.

• Do you and your family eat healthily and are you physically active?
• What currently encourages you to eat healthily and be physically active?
• What could help you eat more healthily or be more active?
• What stops or limits you from eating more healthily or being more active?

Free light snacks and refreshments provided.

Please drop in or RSVP to Jatinder Surpal on 024 7683 1604 or e-mail



Christmas and Vintage Toy and Doll Fair - 2nd November 2013, 10.00am - 4.00pm, The Ricoh Arena Community Space, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE                                                                                                                                    

Admission 50p Adults, accompanied children free.

Toys of yesteryear, Dolls, Model Cars, Original Cards, Teddy Bears and Jars of Sweets, Gifts, Refreshments and much more ... !

For more information or to book a stand please contact: Mary or Caroline on 07432 441559 or 07804 154471.


Archery Indoors - Archery Sessions at The Ricoh Arena Community Space ... 
... more dates now available in October, November and December 2013

Costs are £5.00 Adult per session 16 years+ and £4.00 per session Under 16 years. 

To book your session contact: Mary or Caroline on 07432 441559 or 07804 154471.  

Archery Indoors - Archery Sessions at The Ricoh Arena Community Space ... 

Why not try something new this autumn ... ! 

Indoor archery sessions are taking place at The Ricoh Arena Community Space weekly from 2nd September, 7.00pm - 8.30pm. 
Costs are £5.00 Adult per session 16 years+ and £4.00 per session Under 16 years. 
To book your session contact: Mary or Caroline on 07432 441559 or 07804 154471.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Coventry City Council Review of Neighbourhood Services

Coventry City Council is running a consultation on the Review of Neighbourhood Working Services.  They would like to invite you to take part in this consultation.  To view the background information and other supporting documents, please follow this link:
From this webpage, you will find a link to their online survey.  The survey closes on the 26th August 2013.


New 4G network - how it will impact vulnerable groups

Age UK Coventry is providing information about the new 4G network and how it is going to affect vulnerable people. New 4G mobile services operate at 800 MHz, a similar frequency to Freeview, and so may cause problems to Freeview services such as loss of sound, blocky images or loss of TV channels.

The key messages are:

  • When 4G switch on happens some Freeview TV reception may be affected - this is unlikely to be widespread
  • Help is available through at800 by calling 0333 31 31 800
  • A filter may be posted to those most likely to be affected - this is a very simple fix for most people
  • Vulnerable groups (over 75, eligible disabled, blind or partially sighted) can access support with fitting the filter
  • Age UK Coventry or any other partner are not the point of contact for any reception issues, they are simply spreading the message - only at800 can resolve any issues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Welfare Reform - Launch Event of the Welfare Reform Booklet and DVD 

On Friday July 12 2013 Coventry Partnership, which includes Whitefriars Housing, Coventry City Council, Coventry CAB, Coventry Law Centre, Midland Heart, Job Centre Plus and Severn Trent Water Ltd, launched a free advice booklet and DVD at  a city centre event

Jugglers entertained the children while hundreds of adults picked up information and chatted to advice staff from the partnership, to find out what they should do to protect themselves from financial hardship as their benefits change. 

The booklet highlights 7 action that can be taken to get ready:

If anyone would like to receive a free advice welfare reform booklet go to any of the offices of the members of Coventry Partnership - Whitefriars Housing, Coventry City Council, Coventry CAB, Coventry Law Centre, Midland Heart, Job Centre Plus and Severn Trent Water Ltd.

Community Cohesion Awards 2013

For the fourth year running, projects from across the private, public, voluntary, community and youth sectors in Coventry were profiled at the Community Cohesion Awards at St. Mary's Guildhall.

Building on previous success with outstanding winning projects in each category, the awards are run by the Equalities and Communities Group of the Coventry Partnership together with Coventry Ethnic Minorities Action Partnership (CEMAP) in order to offer recognition for the great work that goes on across the city to promote cohesion, helping communities to live together peacefully.

The Winners are:

Private Sector - Severn Trent Water  - The Big Difference Fund
Voluntary and Community Sector Small - The Positive Images Festival
Voluntary and Community Sector Large - The Positive Youth Foundation
Activities run by young people 18 and under - Ernresford Grange Community School - The 4 Closes Project

Public Sector - Coventry University - International Experience of Mobility Services - Culturae Mundi Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Calling all dog owners

Saturday 8th June at War Memorial Park Visitor Centre

Come along to a talk by local vet Elly Pittaway on 'Responsible Dog Ownership in the 21st Century' at the War Memorial Park Visitor Centre.

Location: War Memorial Park Visitor Centre

Time: 14:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Come along to a talk by local vet Elly Pittaway on 'Responsible Dog Ownership in the 21st Century' at the War Memorial Park Visitor Centre.

Lots of fun to be had including; competitions, stalls, advice, free goody bags and refreshments (for both dogs and humans!)

Talk begins at 3pm, well behaved dogs welcome (must be kept on leads in the Visitor Centre)

In Partnership with Friends of the War Memorial Park , Broad Lane Vets and Coventry City Council.

To find out more about Friends of the War Memorial Park, please e-mail For more information about Broad Lane Vets, please go to or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

For information about other events at the War Memorial Park please click here.



Consultation on future of services for victims of crime

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has launched a major consultation on the future of services for victims of crime. Funding for victims services transfers to the Police and Crime Commissioner on 1 April 2014, and Bob is seeking views from the public and organisations that support victims on the processes for allocating that money.

The consultation proposes the creation of a "victims commission", a standing body that would bring together victims groups, and puts forward three options for a new commissioning framework for services that support victims.

Members of the public and representatives of organisations that support victims are welcome to respond.  The closing date for submissions is Friday 31 May 2013.

To see the consultation proposal and options and complete the online questionnaire, clink on the link below:

If you have any questions or queries about the consultation, please contact:

Alethea Fuller, Policy Manager

West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime

Lloyd House, Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NQ

Telephone: 0121 626 5366

Fax 0121 626 5003



Twitter @WestMidspcc




Welfare Reform - 'Pop Up' Shop

Benefits and Tax Credits are changing - are you ready for the national welfare reform changes?

This is an opportunity for you to find out more about Welfare Reform and how it might affect you....

Partners within the Coventry Partnership including the Council, Whitefriars Housing, Citizens' Advice Bureau and the Coventry law Centre are working together to ensure that residents of the city know about these Welfare Reform changes including:

Under-occupancy (sometimes called the bedroom tax
Council Tax and Housing Benefits
Changes to Disability Living Allowance
Personal Independence Payments
Money and Debt Advice
How to cut your energy bills and keep your home warm

The city centre 'pop up' shop will be opening in: Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre, 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Monday 18th March to Friday 22nd March, 2013.

If you would like information and advice on these changes then please come along.



Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2013

Are you a community group or organisation which has built up community cohesion in Coventry? If you are Coventry Partnership and Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership (CEMAP) together, want to hear from you …

... and celebrate how your work has generated positive community relations.

The Awards will be judged in five categories:

1. Voluntary/Community - activities run by large voluntary or community organisations (income above £50,000 per annum)

2. Voluntary/Community - activities run by small voluntary or community groups (income below £50,000 per annum)

3. Public Sector - activities run by the public sector

4. Young People – activities run and led by young people aged 18 and under

5. Private Sector – activities where private sector is working with communities.

For more details visit or call 024 7683 2939 or e-mail Closing date for entries is Friday 19 April at 5pm.




Healthwatch Consultation Meeting, 1st March 2013, Diamond Room 2, Council House, Coventry

A meeting about the Council's consultation on the proposals for Healthwatch Coventry - which will replace the Coventry LINk from April 2013. The meeting is on 1st March at 10.00am (tea and coffee from 9.30) in the Council House in Diamond Room 2.

The attached leaflet about the consultation includes a questionnaire for more information (the questionnaire can also be completed online

For more information or to register your attendance please contact:

Bob Marriott, Involvement, Access and Partnerships Officer, Adult Social Care,

Community Services Directorate,

Lower Studio, Civic Centre 2,

Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RS

Tel: 024 7683 3392  





St Peters Centre, Charles Street,

Coventry, CV1 5NP

Monday 26th November 2012, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Householders Please bring your queries on Fuel Debt.

Local Fuel debt advisors will provide direct support to vulnerable and disadvantage households from the local communities, on how to manage their fuel debts and bill management issues.





British Organisation for People of Asian Origin

BOPA would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the:

“Inter Faith Conference – Building a United Society”

~ With eminent speakers from Faith Communities, Business Leaders & Politicians

DATE: Saturday 24th November 2012

TIME: 2.30pm – 5.00pm

VENUE: Citibase, (Conference Suite), 101 Lockhurst Lane, Coventry CV6 5SF

An open discussion about important issues facing our communities and to create understanding between different faiths. Faith leaders and representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Brahma Kumaris, Sai Baba Centre, Quakers, Ravidassi and Valmiki communities, together with Business Leaders and Politicians will meet to develop solutions to the problems shared in common by all communities and at the same time celebrate and share aspects of our faiths which are common amongst us ALL.

The conference aims to promote and encourage initiatives in social action and to share best-practice, as well as exploring opportunities for partnership and collaboration and how to improve integration and community cohesion.

The event will include key note speakers, question and answer session and refreshments.

In order for us to allocate appropriate seating arrangements and refreshments we would be very grateful if you could please RSVP by replying to:

Davinder Prasad

General Secretary

British Organisation for People of Asian Origin (BOPA) Telephone: 07891 05871




Once again this year, Coventry is celebrating and marking Inter Faith Week - 18th - 27th November 2012

The Coventry Inter Faith Network (CIFN) in partnership with the Coventry City Council and Faith Communities in Coventry have organised a series of activities during the week.

We would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the “Launch of Coventry's Interfaith Week” which is taking place:

ON: Sunday 18 November 2012, Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Venue: St Marys Guildhall, Bayley Lane, Coventry CV1 5RN

The Coventry Inter Faith Network is pleased to host the launch of “Inter Faith Week”, which starts the exciting and diverse range of week-long events organised by different faith communities throughout the City of Coventry. The launch will provide the chance for people from different faith backgrounds and those of non-faith to learn how they can work together to build bridges and have a better understanding of different faiths and cultures. Coventry is a City of Peace and Reconciliation and this launch will build on the good interfaith relations that already exist in the city. It will also highlight the contributions that faith has made to building communities in the City. The launch will be attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Gary Crookes and Deputy Lady Mayoress Mrs Shirley Crookes, The Bishop of Coventry the Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Faith and Community Leaders, Councillors and Members of Coventry’s Communities.

The event will include key note speakers, musical entertainment and refreshments.

In order to allocate appropriate seating arrangements and refreshments we would be very grateful if you could please RSVP to:

Miss Muna Chauhan, Secretary of Coventry Inter Faith Network Email:  Telephone: 07974 320202




National Consumer week – 12th -19th November – going local!

Coventry CAB consumer Network are running an event with Coventry Trading Standards on Friday 16th 12pm-2pm to give Coventry consumers info and advice on PPI texts and claims and door step sellers.


Please be aware of Coventry Trading Standards warning about Fiddlers on the roof!

Coventry residents are being urged to be aware of cold callers trying to carry out roof repairs or moss removal work in particular.

Coventry City Council's Trading Standards team has recently seen a rise in the number of reports of traders going door to door offering to carry out various work.

In fact many techniques used to remove moss such as power washing often causes damage to the roof especially when combined with traders walking all over the roof causing tiles to crack or break.  Although aesthetically the moss may not be very pleasing to the eye, if you have not experienced any problems with the roof then it is unlikely that moss in itself will cause a problem.  Anyone wanting more information about Coventry's Trusted Trader scheme, which is run in partnership between Age UK Coventry and Trading Standards, should telephone 0247643 3982 or visit:

Householders are encouraged to download a no cold calling 'super sign' from, calling into the CAB or coming to the event on Friday.  It tells cold calling doorstep traders to go away – those who don't are committing a criminal offence and consumers should report them to the police or trading standards.




Coventry Consumer Network – Consumer Alert – November 13th 2012

Payment Protection Insurance and National Consumer Week

This week is National Consumer Week. While the British Trading Standards Institute focus on the issue of ‘doorstep crime’ (cold calling), the Citizens Advice Service has chosen to concentrate its attention on Payment Protection Insurance and the role of claims management companies. Coventry Consumer Network wants to combine their efforts for the people of Coventry.

To this end Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau and Coventry Trading Standards will be sharing a stand at Coventry Central Library between 12noon and 2pm on Friday November 16 to raise awareness and answer queries on both important issues.

A new report out from Citizens Advice exposes the predatory tactics of who are set to take £2 billion from the pockets of people who have been miss-sold PPI.

Separately, more than 10,000 complaints are made about every year, but this is likely to only be the tip of the iceberg as victims are often embarrassed and frightened to report incidents.

For further information on both or issues go to: or or visit us at the Central Library on Friday.



An Afternoon with Mark Wood, Coventry born Polar Explorer and Adventurer

Thursday 8th November 2012, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Free event at The RICOH ARENA COMMUNITY Space

Floor 1, Jewson (South) Stand, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Free Buffet Lunch & Refreshments and Free Transport– from the Unicorn Social Club, Holbrook Lane and Hen Lane Social Club, Beacon Road, Holbrooks

An early festive opportunity to:

·Hear about Mark’s North-South Solo Expedition to the Antarctic and Arctic completed in April,

·See film of his incredible lone journey,

·Find out about his work with schools in Coventry and around the world,

·Learn more about his expeditions to Nepal and the Himalayas.

Join us for an afternoon of adventure and fun ... !

Places are limited - ring Bob Arnott on 02476 685388 or 07967 947435 to book yours and free transport NOW

Event hosted by Holbrooks Ricoh Arena Residents Association (HRARA) and The Ricoh Arena Community Space

Mark Wood is a Coventry born adventurer and explorer who, in 2011 / 2012, made an attempt to be the first person in history to ski solo to both the South and North Poles.

He undertook the expedition to raise awareness of climate change setting off on his trek in November 2011 from the West coast of Antarctica. 

After reaching the South Pole in January 2012, he continued his journey across 2 degrees of the Arctic ocean, crossing the North pole and continuing to the Russian Ice Station.

Mark's attempt was continued to the North Geographic pole to extend the schools programme - "My Life In a Freezer" which reached over 40 countries around the globe.

Mark completed the 6 month solo expedition called The North South Solo expedition in April 2012.




Localised Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

Council tax benefit is changing in the following ways from April 2013:

Council tax benefit is a Government Scheme and from 1st April 2012 will be replaced with a local scheme set up by the Council.

The Council will get less money from the government for its local scheme than it currently pays out through the council tax benefit scheme.

Local councils can decide who should get help and how much help to give under a local scheme so long as they protect pensioners.

Coventry's proposed local scheme would not make people who get council tax benefit at the moment any worse off but would mean that the Council will have less money to pay for other things.

The council's consultation on this scheme end on 15th October 2012.

To take part in the council's on line survey and advise the council of your views about the changes click Here

You can also advise the council in the following ways:

  • Fill in a paper questionnaire - forms will be available at these places:

    • City Council Housing & Benefits Advice Centre, Spire House, New Union Street , Coventry, CV1 2PW

    • Council House Reception and Council Tax Payments Counter, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR

    • Coventry Law Centre Oakwood House, St Patricks Road Entrance, Coventry CV1 2HL

    • Citizens Advice Bureau Kirby House, Little Park Street , Coventry CV1 2JZ

  • E-mail your views to

  • Write to: BarrieStrain
    Revenues and Benefits Service
    Finance and Legal Services Directorate
    Coventry City Council
    Ground Floor, Christchurch House
    Greyfriars Lane , Coventry CV1 2QL

For more information click Here 




Dance to Bollywood and Bhangra and raise money for British Red Cross

Sunday 7 October 2012 - 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Pure Gym, Sky Dome,

Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3AZ

£2 members £3 non-members (all money donated), 18+ only. 

What to wear?: Comfortable, exercise clothing and footwear. 

Places are limited.

For more information or to book your place please telephone: Tripta Prashar on 07580 502627

or email:

Non-members must complete the Pure Gym health questionnaire before attending.

Health concerns? Please consult your doctor first. 




Happy & Healthy, Foleshill - Monday 1st October 2012, St Paul's Church, Foleshill Road, Coventry - 11.00am - 4.00pm

Come and join us for a fun and FREE event where you can have a go at a range of fun and healthy activities including:












For more information please contact:

Sunairah Miraj, Community Connections Officer, Coventry City Council, Neighbourhood Action, City Services and Development Directorate

Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, Winston Avenue, Wood End, Coventry,CV2 1EA

Tel: 02476 785917



Coventry Tenancy Strategy - Consultation

Coventry City Council is required by the Localism Act 2011 to produce a Tenancy Strategy, setting out the matters to which Registered Providers of social housing are to have regard in formulating policies relating to: the kind of tenancies that the grant; the circumstances in which they will grant a tenancy; where they grant tenancies for a fixed term, the lengths of the terms; the circumstances in which they will grant a further tenancy when an existing tenancy comes to an end.

Coventry City Council is carrying out consultation on the development of the Coventry Tenancy Strategy between 6th September and 31st October 2012. The consultation document and online survey are available from this link:




Coventry's Paralympic Flame Celebration, 25 August, 2-5pm, Millennium Place

Coventry has been chosen as one of 36 communities across the country that will host Flame celebrations for the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay as part of the programme of events taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Coventry celebration will be held at the London 2012 Live Site in Millennium Place on Saturday, August 25. Lord Mayor Cllr Tim Sawdon and Rita Thompson, Coventry's former Paralympic Gold Medallist and Paralympic Flame Ambassador will accompany former local Paralympic legends for a packed afternoon of sport and entertainment:

• Have a go sessions with a range of Paralympic sports
• Entertainment from artists including the Notables and Freefall Dance Company
• Blue Badge holders free parking at Pool Meadow (Cox Street) and Bishops Street car parks.

For more information on the Paralympic Flame Celebration follow @Coventry2012 on twitter using the hash tag #ParaFlameCov or go to: 






Sunday 22 July 2012

Broadgate Square

1.00pm – 2.30pm

  • Opening ceremony - Welcome from the Lord Mayor of Coventry
  • Entertainment - Vibrant and colourful dance performances with music
  • Closing ceremony - Ceremony symbolising the message of peace and unity for the world. 

A celebration of all expressions of faith, welcoming visitors of every culture and tradition to the City of Peace and Reconciliation and reflecting the London 2012 ideals of excellence, respect and friendship.

For more information visit

For details of the beacon places of worship in Coventry and the City Centre based Chaplaincy Service for people of all faiths download the booklet below.






The 1940’s Experience

Thursday 12th July 2012, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

The Ricoh Arena Community Space, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

YOUR recollections and impressions of the 1940’s including World War II, Entertainment, Music, Sport, and the 1948 Olympics. 

FREE event at The Ricoh Arena Community Space with buffet and refreshments. 

FREE transport – from the Unicorn Social Club, Holbrook Lane and Hen Lane Social Club, Beacon Road, Holbrooks at 12.30 pm. 

Holbrooks Ricoh Arena Residents Association is holding a Community Games event with elements of games, arts, cultural and heritage activities to celebrate 2012 and remember the 1940’s, in particular the 1948 Games. 

There will be a 1940’s related exhibition including work from young people, residents’ photographs and other memorabilia, and a history of the 1948 Games.

The opening ceremony will include local historian Trevor Harkin talking about his work on reseaching for and publishing his books on Coventry and its people. 

Students from Cardinal Newman School will be recording the event to capture your memories for future generations. 

The closing ceremony will be a musical celebration to conclude the afternoon's events with the presentation of commemorative certificates and prizes for quiz/games winners.

“The 1940’s Experience” will provide an opportunity to discuss and learn about Coventry’s heritage and celebrate an amazing year for the city.  In addition to promoting community cohesion and understanding, it is hoped the event will also provide the opportunity for people to make new friendships and develop ideas for future activities as another lasting legacy.

This project is being funded by a grant from the Coventry Community Games Fund (funded by Coventry City Council, Orbit Heart of England and the NHS Change for Life programme Coventry), which is being administered by the Heart of England Community Foundation. The project is also being supported by The Ricoh Arena Community Space and Coventry CEN.

Places are limited – ring Bob Arnott on 02476 685388 or 07967 947435 to book yours and free transport NOW!



Coventry Women's Voices

The launch of their new report on the impact of the spending cuts on older women in Coventry.

The event takes place on:

Date: Wednesday 19 July 2012
Time: 9.30 am - 11.00 am
Location: Herbert Gallery, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP

What will the combined impact of all these cuts be on women over 50?

To book a place please contact




Cancellation of Godiva Festival, 29th June - 1st July 2012

The Godiva Festival has been cancelled due to the recent / continuing bad weather causing dangerous conditions in this area of War Memorial Park.

Please see the press release information below:

However, the weather has NOT AFFECTED the Torch Relay field and all plans and entertainment for the Olympic Torch Relay are on and going ahead as planned.

There is a great programme of entertainment planned Sunday 4 - 7.30pm and Monday morning from 6.30am in Millennium Place. Businesses in the city centre will be opening up early also to provide people with the opportunity to have breakfast whilst seeing the Olympic Flame pass through the city centre.

Please see the information below which gives details of the route, entertainment programme, timings and road closures. 

Coventry's moment to shine

The city is set to welcome the arrival of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay this Sunday (1 July) with a fantastic two hours of live entertainment created by London 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay presenting partners and local organisations in the War Memorial Park.

An undoubted highlight will be the climax of the show when the Olympic Flame arrives and the Olympic Cauldron is lit followed by a premiere of 'Song for Phoenix', a specially commissioned piece arranged by Coventry-based theatre company Talking Birds.

This performance has seen two new works created in partnership with Orchestra of the Swan to celebrate the Olympic Flame reaching Coventry. One piece is a whistle-stop 1000 year story of the city called 'Phoenix City' and the second is 'Singalong time?' an atmospheric Torch Song.  Nick Walker, from Talking Birds Theatre Company, said:
"We've written a love letter to Coventry. It's a whistle stop tour of a thousand years of Cov stories, both big and small, and it culminates in a lush 'torch song' to the city. We're hoping that people who don't already feel a bit sentimental about Coventry, will do by 7.15pm on 1 July."

Leader of Coventry City Council, Cllr John Mutton said:
"I am so excited and proud that Coventry is a co-host city for London 2012. The Olympic Torch Relay will be the climax of a fantastic weekend of entertainment at the Godiva Festival. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so let's line the streets and give the London 2012 Torch Relay a really big Coventry welcome."

The Celebrations, hosted by Blue Peter's Andy Akinwolere, commences at 5.00pm with another local company, Freeman Dance performing Gangsters. The live entertainment continues with Samsung presenting celebrity act 'Twist and Pulse', a live performance from major rock band Morning Parade presented by Coca Cola through to the official welcome from The Leader of Coventry City Council, Cllr John Mutton.

A celebration with previous British Olympians and children born on 20 December 2004 , will then take place on the stage leading to the amazing site of the Flame arrival, cauldron lighting and the 'Song for Phoenix' finale due to finish around 7.20pm.

People are reminded that this is a FREE event and NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.

The following morning, Monday 2 July, people can also witness the Olympic Torch Relay depart from Millennium Place, in the city centre, as it leaves Coventry on its way to Leicester.

For full details on the Torch Relay route into and out of the city, people can go to or follow on Twitter @Coventry2012 using #TorchRelayCov




Community First Funding available for St. Michael's Ward

St. Michael's Community First are preparing to distribute from £250 to £2,500 per project to community groups in St Michael’s ward in Coventry to fund worthwhile initiatives in 2012.

In total only £8,436 is available this year but the programme runs on for 4 years and more money will be available next year.  These grants can be awarded for a range of activities, events or initiatives that will benefit the local community or the ward as a whole.

More information can be obtained from their website at:


Sowe Valley Relay Walk, Saturday 23rd June 2012

This free, fun relay walk, inspired by the London 2012 Games, is happening along 11 miles of the Sowe Valley in east Coventry.

The walk isn't a race; it's all about meeting local people and enjoying your natural surroundings.

It's suitable for all ages and you can choose to walk just one or two consecutive sections of the valley, or walk the whole length.

The number of walkers is limited and places will be allocated on a first come,first served basis. 

So, please book early to avoid disappointment.

The walk starts at Whitley abbey Primary School/alice Stevens School (shared entrance) walking to The Alan Higgs Centre. 

The next stages are from the Alan Higgs Centre to Whken Adventure Centre, then to Henley Green Community Centre, on to Bell Green Working Mens Club for the final stage to the finish in Longford Park.

To get more information and to register for the walk please visit or telephone Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on 024 7630 2912

The Big Lunch 2012

The Big Lunch is back! And this year it's the Big Jubilee Lunch to coincide with HRH Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Many Big Lunches took place last year across Coventry, from simple lunches in the garden to big community events.

The Big Lunch is a chance for different generations and backgrounds to share food, stories, skills and interests.

There have been 61 enquiries for street party road closures across the city this year with 27 already confirmed to take place.

There are some great new materials to help make your Big Lunch bigger and better this year.


For more information visit the Big Jubilee Lunch 2012 web page




Coventry Compact Awards 2012

Coventry Compact Awards are your chance to nominate projects that embody the compact spirit of partnership working between community, voluntary and statutory partners to improve the quality of life for Coventry people.

The 2012 awards are now open for nominations until 14th June.



London 2012 Games Community Celebration Pack

LOCOG has been working to develop a ‘Community Celebration Pack’ for community and voluntary groups to help them come together and celebrate the Games. The Community Celebration Pack (CCP) is now available for groups to purchase via by registering on the site and then placing your order.

The Community Celebration Pack contain 50 hand flags, 2x 15m bunting strings, a horizontal banner (.5m x 2.5m) and a 1.5m flag and flagpole including fixtures. The pack is priced at £99incl VAT and there is a special offer that if 9 packs are bought, the 10th is free. LOCOG are encouraging groups to club together as much as possible and buy packs in bulk to save on pack costs as well as shipping.

Although packs are available to order until Friday 15 June groups are encouraged to purchase as soon as possible to ensure receipt of your packs by the start of the Olympic Torch Relay and also to ensure you don’t miss out on their desired number of packs.



Coventry Cohesion Awards 2012 Launch

This year's awards are being launched on Monday 23 April and will take place in St. Mary's Guildhall on 18 October with the deadline for receipt of all applications being 5pm on Wednesday 25 July 2012

You can download an application form below for the following categories:

Voluntary & Community Organisations
Large organisations (income above £50,000 per annum)

Voluntary & Community Organisations
Small groups (income below £50,000 per annum)

Public Sector Organisations

Young People (community cohesion activities run by young people aged 18 and under)

You can download an form here for private Sector applications called "Working with Communities"

You can also download a poster for this year's Community Cohesion Awards.

Your activity should demonstrate how it has contributed to at least one of the following in Coventry:

• A shared future and sense of belonging

• A focus on what new and existing communities have in common, alongside a recognition of the value of diversity

• Building strong and positive relationships between people from different backgrounds

You can also obtain a paper copy of the application form from the Coventry Partnership office:
The Coventry Partnership, Room 74, Council House, Coventry, CV1 5RR or telephone 024 7683 4355.
Closing date 25 July 2012.

For further information please contact the Coventry Partnership office on 024 7683 4355.




100 Days to the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Wednesday 18 April 2012, marks another milestone on our Journey to London 2012 as it is 100 days to go until the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and you are invited to celebrate this event in Millennium Place, Coventry.

At 11am, a photo will be taken to mark the 100 days to go. It will be an aerial view of “100” made by local people. So come down and be part of something special.

If you can’t come and be part of the photo then please feel free to take part in the events throughout the day.

From 10am – 3pm we have activities with BBC interactive screen games “DISH DASH DIVE” in which you can compete against other people at the Olympic Games.

To add to the excitement, Team Extreme are to perform and hold have-a-go sessions for people who want to learn how to break dance, football tricks and BMX stunts.

Please see the flyer below for more information and pass on to anyone else you think would be interested in celebrating this event.

If you'd like to be in the photo, please email:




People who wish to be a Coventry Ambassador for the Olympic Games have a final opportunity to apply

More than 300 applicants have already attended a series of selection events to recruit volunteers. But with an ambitious city-wide programme of events during Games time being developed, organisers are now expecting even more visitors to the city who will need help and support from trained Ambassadors. 

Coventry Ambassadors will welcome visitors to Coventry during London 2012 and an extra selection event is being hosted at the Xcel Leisure Centre, Canley on Saturday 10 March where new applicants will be considered.

The selection event is being arranged to recruit team leaders, linguists and ambassadors who will be based at key city centre locations and in the last mile leading up to the City of Coventry Stadium during Games time in July and August 2012.

A number of people who were unable to attend the selection events are also being contacted to offer them the option of the alternative interview date.

Also, people who wish to apply for the first time are being given the final chance to attend the March 10 Selection Event – although they will have to complete the same application process before being interviewed.

Anyone who has yet to apply and is interested in attending the Selection Event on Saturday 10 March must pre-register by e-mailing or calling 024 7622 0381 before 4pm on Monday 5th March 2012.

To qualify applicants must be over 18 (from 1 January 2012) and either live, work, study or volunteer in Coventry. All applicants will be required to demonstrate this by providing suitable evidence at the Selection Event, please take a look at the role / job description to ensure that you will be able to meet the criteria to become a Coventry Ambassador. 

Jonathan Hunt, project manager for the scheme said that the sixth and final selection event would be the final opportunity for people to get involved.

He explained: "We ran the selection events earlier in February so we decided to invite those who were unable to attend for a final interview.

"We want people to have every chance to get involved, so anyone who has applied should check their emails and let us know whether they are still interested in becoming a Coventry Ambassador.      

"We have had a great response. The people we interviewed were fantastic and so proud of their city. We need even more volunteers for the Games in Coventry than first anticipated and we have had more interest from people who missed out on the first applications."

The Ambassadors scheme is funded by Coventry City Council, and is a partnership programme managed by Coventry University and supported by Voluntary Action Coventry and CSW Sport.

The selection and interview process will be followed by further training sessions in spring 2012 to ensure the Ambassadors are fully prepared for the Games.

For more details visit: 



Womens Health Promotion Workshop, Wednesday 2nd November 2011, 11.00am - 1.00pm, The Ricoh Arena Community Space, Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry

A Womens's Health Promotion Workshop for women who are 60+ is being held on Wednesday 2nd November 2011, commencing at 11.00am.

This free workshop provides information on a number of health issues such as osteoporosis and memory health and is designed to be informative and fun.  Refreshments are provided.

To reserve a place please telephone: 07766 142238 or email 



Coventry prepares for the London 2012 Olympics with the Proud of my City campaign

In the wake of the Not in my City campaign, Coventry is now a safer city with significant reductions in violence achieved over the last 18 months. So, with all its rich history and international reputation as a city of peace and reconciliation, it’s also a city we can be proud of, a city which deserves to co-host the London 2012 Olympics.

The Proud of my City campaign is your opportunity to get involved, to make a difference in preparing Coventry for London 2012.

This is a great opportunity to showcase work you are proud of over the next six month, for example:

  • Proud of my City Community fun days
  • Resident engagement around the £7 million city centre Public Realm programme
  • Proud of My City Community All Out Action Days and Proud of my Neighbourhood (West Midlands Police)
  • "Care for Your Area" litter picks with support from our Registered Social landlords: Whitefriars Housing, Midland heart and Orbit Housing
  • Graffiti cleaning and Community Payback activity.
  • Recruitment drives for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes
  • Multi-agency community safety orientated Street Briefings
  • Joint licensing visits
  • Licensees battle of bands competitions and events
  • Coordinated youth provision
  • Proud of my City Trust and Confidence days:
  • "Cook and eat well" community healthy eating workshops
  • West Midlands Fire Service Community Cohesion Days:
    • Home fire safety checks
    • Working with residents to clear potential bin fires
    • Men's health: Safer & Active Communities workshops.
  • NHS Coventry and Cov/Warks Partnership Trust "Proud of Myself" campaign
  • Whitefriars (Registered Social Landlords) "Proud of my Street" campaign
  • Neighbourhood Action's: "Love Where you Live and Learn"
  • Proud of our People (City Council employee recognition)
  • "Proud of our parks"
  • Streetscene and Greenspace, "Proud of my Depot"
  • Good Citizen case studies
  • Lord Mayor/Apprentices/Freemans Guild

Whether it’s taking part in a street clean-up, your own community fun-day, becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator or just coming into the city to enjoy its attractions and the new Broadgate, the new Proud of my City website is a one-stop shop for more information on how you can get involved.

Click on the ‘submit your story’ link to tell us your story of how you’re making a positive difference to Coventry and why you’re proud of your city.

Send us your photos and we’ll post them to this site and add them to the ‘Proud of my City’ Flickr group."  

You can also contribute to the #lovecov Twitter feed and the facebook page.

For more information contact Tim Coleman, Coventry Partnership Communications Officer on 02476 83 1743 0r 07939250752 or email: 

London 2012 is coming to Coventry … find out more at 



Invitation - Developing the new "story" of Coventry - Community Workshop, 17th October 2011, 5.30pm, St Peter's Centre, Charles Street, Coventry, CV1 5NP 

The Coventry Partnership are looking to develop a 'story' for the city to help raise its profile, clarify its differentiation, proposition and messages to retain jobs and attract new businesses.  The organisations carrying out the work on behalf of the Partnership is called Thinkingplace.

To help with this the Coventry Partnership would like to invite you to attend the above workshop which will play a significant role in helping to develop the new ‘Coventry story’.

The purpose of this workshop is to collect your insight, thoughts, aspirations and knowledge of and for our area; to help identify its special assets, stories, personality and distinctive elements in order to develop Coventry's distinctive story and key message.

There are many developments in train for the city over the next few years and coupled with the city's Olympic involvement in 2012 there is a huge opportunity to put Coventry on centre stage for the future. The physical developments in the city will help to help shape a ‘new Coventry’ but we will also need to change views, both internally and externally of what Coventry has to offer which is where the new ‘story’ will help.

Please confirm your attendance with Dawn Ford on tel: 024 7683 4356 or by email: by Friday 14th October.




Compact Awards 2011 - Coventry CEN again nominated for Compact Awards

Following last year's success in winning one of the first ever Coventry Compact Awards, this year CEN has received two Compact Awards for partnership working.

Coventry is one of England’s leading areas for Compact, one of just 17 areas recognised with Green Flag status by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). The current funding climate means that Compact is more important than ever.

Activities to keep Compact on the radar have reflected this:

• a new Inform, Consult & Involve (ICI) code developed to support Coventry Partnership’s ICI framework

• the Compact Strategic Group meeting immediately before the awards ceremony  

The Compact Awards not only raise awareness of Compact generally, they also celebrate effective partnership working between sectors in the toughest of times. Fifteen nominations were received and twelve awards made, two of these being special commendations. One of these was for the development of the Community Asset Transfer Policy, a piece of joint working between five voluntary or community organisations and eight different teams within the Council. The other special commendation was for Growing Paradise, a holistic neighbourhood gardening project involving residents, Groundwork West Midlands, St Barnabas Family Centre, the City Council and three different housing associations.

The ten commendations covered a wide range of activities – parenting support; raising awareness of Olympic/Paralympic-inspired opportunities; safeguarding older people; raising awareness of mental health amongst churches; helping the transition of new migrant communities; tackling crime and anti-social behaviour by developing community activity; tackling isolation and depression through a knitting group; bringing the City Farm and Henley Green Community Centre back as community resources; and working with Looked After Children to jointly organise a celebration event. All of these demonstrated that they could achieve more by working together than apart, and the full list of partners listed on the Compact Awards 2011 is a good indication of the power of partnership working in Coventry. At the end of the day, this is what Compact is all about.




Coventry Ambassadors Programme - another exciting opportunity to be part of London 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Football competition is coming to Coventry and bringing with it thousands of visitors during the Games in July and August 2012.

From 4th October you can apply to be a volunteer to act as a Coventry Ambassador during the London 2012 Games.  Applications close on 25th November 2011.  Coventry Ambassadors will be responsible for welcoming the world to the City of Coventry and will have three main duties.

      Supporting key London 2012 events:

  • Olympic Football fixtures 25 July – 9 August
  • Olympic Torch Relay evening celebration event on the 1 July 2012
  • Live Site Big Screen events

      Hosting visitors:

  • Signposting to key city centre attractions
  • Welcome at key transport interchanges
  • Information and assistance / enquires
  • Guidance on route to Olympic venue

      Acting as an Ambassador for the city:

  • Friendly, helpful, informative and polite
  • Create the right impression of Coventry
  • Be welcoming, be positive and be proud!

There are three types of Coventry Ambassador.

Coventry Ambassador:

Act as friendly and efficient host to spectators and other visitors to Coventry during the Olympic Games offering assistance to all.

Coventry Ambassador Team Leader:

Responsible for leading a small group of Ambassadors during London 2012 events in Coventry ensuring that all tasks are undertaken appropriately and safely.

Coventry Ambassador Linguist:

Offer clear and accurate information for non-English speaking visitors during Games time ensuring that people arrive at their destination on time and navigate easily around Coventry.

For more information on eligibility and details on how to apply please visit: 




London 2012 Games Makers Opportunities for young people aged 16 - 18

London Organising Committee (LOCOG) has recently announced over 2,000 new opportunities for 16-18 year olds to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOCOG are looking for recognised organisations such as Get Set network schools and colleges, youth or sports clubs, and community and volunteering groups to put forward over 250 teams of young volunteers to help us fulfil vital roles and help make the Games happen.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to get involved in the greatest show on earth – while learning new skills, gaining experience and making new friends.

Applications are now open so find out about the roles and recruitment process now.



Consultation on Major Rail Improvements for the Coventry-Nuneaton Rail Corridor

Your views are needed on major improvements that are planned for the Coventry-Nuneaton rail corridor:

      Two completely new stations – at Coventry Arena and Bermuda Park

       More platforms at Coventry main station, to accommodate six-car trains

       Longer platforms at Bedworth station to accommodate longer trains

       Improvements to the train service, with frequency doubled to every thirty minutes

       Passenger capacity raised to four times its current level

       Equipment at the new Coventry Arena station to turn trains around for an events shuttle service.

The scheme is known as ‘NUCKLE’ and is jointly promoted by Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Centro, the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority.

The proposed improvements to the Coventry-Nuneaton rail corridor will make a real difference:

       Easier journeys between where people live, work and access leisure and other services

       Reduced congestion and more reliable journey times

       Supporting economic regeneration in Nuneaton, Bedworth and Coventry

       Improved connections by rail to Birmingham, Manchester, London and other cities

Your views on the proposals would be welcomed before planning applications for the new stations are submitted later this year - to Coventry City Council, for Coventry Arena and to Warwickshire County Council for Bermuda Park. The other proposals do not require planning consent.

A leaflet which provides more information about the proposals and a Freepost feedback form for your comments (which needs to be returned by 29th October) can be downloaded below.

An exhibition bus is visiting various locations around the area on September 30 and October 1, 7 and 8, where staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have:

       Friday September 30:  8am to 6pm: Bedworth High Street

       Saturday October 1: 9am to 6pm: Junction of Bond Gate / Church Street, Nuneaton

       Friday October 7: 8am to 6pm: Bull Yard, Coventry

       Saturday October 8: 9am to 7pm: Arena Shopping Park, Coventry

For more information please telephone, email or write to:

Margaret Smith
Principal Transport Planner
Transport and Highways
Warwickshire County Council
Tel: 01926 412094



FREE Loft Insulation For Any CV Postcode!

If you haven't got loft insulation or your insulation level is below the recommended 270mm (nearly 12 inches) then you can now get totally free loft insulation or top up insulation and free cavity wall insulation too.

This offer is open to any home owner that lives in a CV postcode but ends the 30th September. (The offer is no longer dependant on age, income or benefits).

They will deliver and install the insulation for free.

If you do not live in Coventry it would still be worth giving the Energy Saving Trust a call to see if your area is covered as some areas such as Hinckley, Bosworth and some of Solihull are also eligible.Please call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 to find out more.

Please call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 to find out more.




Your Opinion Matters

Your Opinion Matters

West Midlands Police Authority and West Midlands Police are taking to the road to answer your questions about policing.

Consultation and engagement is a very important part of the role of West Midlands Police Authority, and as part of our programme of consultation, we are hosting a joint event as part of our ‘Your Opinion Matters’ roadshow with West Midlands Police and Coventry Community Safety Partnership. 

This event will seek to gain the views of local people in regard to crime, policing and personal safety. 

It will also give you the opportunity to raise specific issues of concern within your area with senior officers of the force, and Police Authority members.

Come and find out how your police are performing, how the cuts in public services will affect you and the challenges that face us in the future.

The event is being held on:

Thursday, 22 September 2011, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Coventry Council House

Earl Street

Coventry CV1 5RR





Community Health Fair - an opportunity to network and learn about services

Thursday 22nd September 2011, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Coventry, CV1 3FZ

Community Health Fair is a collaborative is a collaborative event between NHS Coventry, Community Based Champions Network and Queens Road Baptist Church.

The event aims to:

  • Bring health/social care providers and communities together
  • Increase health awareness by promoting health screening, activities, demonstrations and information
  • Increase awareness of local health and social care services
  • Motivate participants to make positive health behaviour changes
  • Identify key issues and health topics

The free event is open to all to help members of the community and will provide an opportunity to find out about some of the health and social care services in the city.

There will also provide free advice on health and social care related entitlements

For more information please contact:

Sabir Zazai, CBC Network Manager, telephone: 024 7622 0381





Digital TV Switchover ... the final countdown has begun ... ! 

Need some help and advice about the digital TV switchover and Switchover Help Scheme?

Then come along to the "DIGITAL TV SWITCHOVER EVENT" which is being organised in partnership with Age Concern, Birmingham

Where: The Ricoh Arena Community Space, Floor 1, South (Jewson) Stand, Ricoh Arena Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE 

When: Wednesday 3rd August 2011, 12 noon to 2.00pm 

You can find out more about the digital TV switchover, your digital TV options and find out more about the Switchover Help Scheme.

Coventry Trading Standards will also be giving advice regarding how to avoid rogue traders and being sold equipment that you may not need

Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and there will also be a chance to win a digital set top box.

To register for this event please telephone: 07766 142238 or email: or just call in on the day for more information. 

If you can't make the event then please call Digital UK to find out more about switchever on 08456 50 50 50 or visit




London 2012 Games Makers Opportunities for young people aged 16 - 18

London Organising Committee (LOCOG) has recently announced over 2,000 new opportunities for 16-18 year olds to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOCOG are looking for recognised organisations such as Get Set network schools and colleges, youth or sports clubs, and community and volunteering groups to put forward over 250 teams of young volunteers to help us fulfil vital roles and help make the Games happen.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to get involved in the greatest show on earth – while learning new skills, gaining experience and making new friends.

Applications open 22 September 2011, but you can find out about the roles and recruitment process now.



Tommies/Flutterbies Childrens Centre Summer Activities

For details of summer activities being held in August by Tommies and Flutterbies Children's and Family Centres please download a copy of their Summer Activities 2011 Timetable.

For more information telephone 024 7636 6944 



Gosford Park Residents Association win £56,000 Jubilee People's Millions Lottery Funding

CEN member Gosford Park Residents’ Association, who held their third Big Lunch this year, have been campaigning hard to get a play area for young children in their area.  They applied to the Jubilee People’s Millions Lottery and have been successful in winning £56,000 for the GOSFORD PARK PLAY AREA.
The Gosford Park Residents’ Association would like to say a massive thank you for all the support and votes they received which has enabled them to get this funding.
They plan to start work on getting the play area built as soon as possible and will provide updates on their progress.
For more information click  here.



Our Journey - London 2012 is coming to Coventry

The new Coventry London 2012 newsletter is now available and includes all the latest news on Coventry's journey to London 2012.  

The Lloyds TSB Torch Tour is coming to Coventry on Wednesday 6th July 2011, 10am - 4.00pm

Venue: Millennium Place, Coventry

The UK wide roadshow will be exhibiting the history of previous Olympic Torches and Relays along with an opportunity to nominate someone you think has been inspirational to be a torch bearer.

You can also have your picture taken with a prototype of the the Official London 2012 Olympic Torch which will be made right here in Coventry!

Event Information:

What is the Lloyds TSB Olympic Torch Tour?

  • The Lloyds TSB Olympic Torch Tour will be an 80-day interactive campaign from 09 June – 04 September 2011.
  • The Tour is a roadshow across the UK inviting people to:
  • See the prototype London 2012 Olympic Torch and have their photo taken with it
  • See Torches from past Relays and learn about the history of the Relay
  • Play interactive games and meet local athletes
  • Nominate someone to be a Torchbearer.

Lloyds TSB is providing everyone with the opportunity to nominate somebody who has made a difference to their local community and who inspires others.  For example, theneighbour who’s always helping others in the community; the coach for their dedication to helping young athletes; the mum who ran a marathon to raise money for charity; the teacher who runs the after school clubs... and many more.  The public nomination campaign launches from 9 June until 12 September 2011.  800 members of the public will be selected through the Lloyds TSB programme.  Nominations can be made online via  People will be asked to tell us, in less than 150 words, about the difference the person they are nominating has made in their community.  Nominations will be posted on the Lloyds TSB website where they can be viewed by the public and shared via Facebook, Twitter or email to inspire others to nominate.  Nominations can also be made via the taxi video booth on the Lloyds TSB Olympic Torch Tou

How will winners be selected?

Nominations will be reviewed, a shortlist created and Torchbearers will be selected at random from that shortlist.

For more information click  here.





London 2012 is coming to Coventry……be part of it

The Coventry Community Games Fund launch was held on 2nd June 2011 at The Ricoh Arena Community Space.

Coventry Community Games Fund is a grants programme aiming to help local communties in Coventry to celebrate London 2012 at grassroots level.  You can get ideas and more information by visiting and downloading the free Community Games toolkit  here to help you plan and organise your event.  Coventry Community Games Fund supports local charities, voluntary and community groups running community games projects in Coventry.  You need not be a registered charity as constituted groups may apply.  Groups must have accounts (or forcasts in the case of new groups) and a management committee.

Applications can be made at any time to the programme and will hear the coutcome of their application within 6 weeks of submission of a completed application.A Community Games Factsheet and application form can be downloaded below.

For more information please call a member of the Heart of England Community Foundation grants team on 024 7688 4435 if you need any advice or support.  You can also contact Coventry City Council's Sprots and Arts Team by emailing or telephone: 024 7683 2637.




Get Involved in London 2012, CEN 2010 Open Weekend Event

London 2012 Open Weekend

You still can register from now until Monday 27 June.

Don't miss the chance to show your community, the UK and the world what you can do!

Getting involved in the celebration for one year to go to the Games is easy. 

Show what London 2012 means to you and your community by holding an event to celebrate the best sport, art, music and much more, in your area. 

To find out more about organising an event visit  London 2012 Open Weekend, supported by BP, will be held this year from 22 – 24 July.

General information can be accessed  here and information for event organisers  here.

Now in its fourth year, Open Weekend 2011 will be part of the one year to go celebrations. 

Last year across the West Midlands there were 50+ events and over 40,000 people involved. Coventry and Warwickshire had 11 events in total and this year we want to aim for a lot more.

Open Weekend events don’t have to be on a massive scale, they can be as simple as a street or a summer fete, and they needn't be based on sport.

This year you can celebrate by showcasing the best art, dance, film, music, heritage and sport in your area as the whole of the UK – and the world – turns its attention to the 2012 Games. 

Don't miss this opportunity to demonstrate the talent in your local community and participate in a moment of history.

How to be part of London 2012 Open Weekend

The theme for 2011 is celebrate one year to go by showcasing your best. Taking part is simple, just decide what you want to do and register at: 

Successful registrations will be given access to the Open Weekend brand centre, helping you promote your event and involvement with London 2012.

Who can be part of London 2012 Open Weekend?

Open Weekend is open to all organisations and venues in the UK; all we ask is that your event:

•  Takes place between 22 – 24 July 2011
•  Is not-for-profit
•  Does not have any commercial sponsorship or offer any similar marketing rights
•  Is open to everyone

More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, are available on the London 2012 web site.

Register your event today! 
For more information visit: 



Tackling Fuel Debt Project

Coventry Law Centre has been successful in obtaining funding for a fuel debt and energy advice project that will be operated via Advice Services Coventry. 

Part of the project involves awareness raising amongst community groups and National Energy Action will deliver some sessions later this year in September, October and November.  The aim is to give people more information about energy saving, how to deal with fuel debt and to make them aware that people with fuel debt can be signposted to Advice Services Coventry members to get the help offered by this project.  If your community organisation would be interested in attending one of these sessions please contact   

Are you interested in financial inclusion?

Coventry has England’s largest Law Centre; it strives to be the best.  Providing specialist legal advice & representation, we combat disadvantage, discrimination and exclusion. We also influence local and national policy to improve public services for the most vulnerable - we use the law to achieve change.

Coventry Law Centre's debt and money advice team has just secured funding from British Gas Energy Trust for a one year project to tackle fuel debt and are seeking two people who are skilled in working with the public and have an understanding of the difficulties of living on a low income.

Fuel Debt and Energy Adviser  -  up to  £22,353 pa (two posts – one year fixed term)

The service will be delivered in partnership with Advice Services Coventry, a partnership of independent advice agencies in the city, and National Energy Action.

For more information and an application pack please visit - vacancies or telephone: 024 7622 3053, or email:

Closing date: 10.00am, Monday 4th July.  Interviews 7th July.





Save Legal Aid - Coventry Law Centre Day of Action, 3rd June 2011 - March to oppose proposed cuts to Legal Aid 

Coventry Law Centre is a charity employing Solicitors and paralegals to offer free legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, immigration, money, employment, discrimination, public law, community care, and welfare benefits, to the people of Coventry. 

Proposed cuts will mean there will be no legal aid funding to provide advice or representation for people with welfare benefits, employment or immigration legal issues. 

Access to housing and debt advice will be severley restricted. This will mean that vulnerable individiuals and families will find it even harder to uphold their rights and entitlements. 

On 3rd June, Coventry Law Centre joined the national day of action organised by Justice for All against the cuts to Legal Aid.  A 200 strong group of supporters gathered in Broadgate to join a march from there to Coventry Law Centre offices.  The march was led by Lord Bach, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid, Jim Cunningham MP and Lady Godiva.

The national day of action was reported in The Guardian

After the march, a film showing the work of Coventry Law Centre and the potential impact of the proposed cuts was shown. 

Those attending included Geoffrey Robinson MP and speeches were made by Lord Bach – who said opposition to these cuts was not a political issue, it was a moral issue.  He also said that the cuts make no economic sense as there is significant evidence that early intervention with expert, legally based advice saves money.  Geoffrey Robinson MP and Jim Cunningham MP both expressed support for access to free legal advice and pledged to oppose the bill line by line as it goes through Parliament.

Cllr Phil Townsend said the cuts would do irreparable damage and many voluntary sector specialist advice agencies would not survive them. He said that Coventry is a big city but a small community and Coventry Law Centre is an integral part of that community. 

Thank you! To all our supporters who joined us on our March to save Legal Aid on 3rd June.  Thank you also to everyone who has signed our petition.

By 6th June 2011 149 signatures on line and a further 723 signatures on paper had been collected. These have now been sent to Ken Clarke, Secretary of State for Justice.  Another phase of this campaign will start in the next couple of weeks. More details will be available soon.

In the meantime, you can still help!

 Write to your local MP.  We have included some template letters which you can use.

Sign Coventry Law Centre's on line  petition here.

Join our conversation on Twitter and spread the word.

For more information please visit




Celebrating Refugee Week 2011

A public meeting to raise awareness - supporting the Stonewall campaign - "No Going Back"

Monday 20th June 2011, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, Hillman Lecture Theatre, (next to George Elliot building), Covnetry University

Key Speaker: Bhopinder Basi, CEO Coventry Refugee Centre, "LGBT rights to refugee status"

For more information please contact: Jude on 024 7622 7254 Ext. 238 or email:





Tune into Radio Plus community radio station on 101.5FM - serving Coventry and the surrounding areas

Broadcasting on 101.5FM, Radio Plus is a community radio station established in December 2010 that serves Coventry and the surrounding areas. 

Radio Plus provides responsible and entertaining radio in the Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas in association with voluntary organisations, local authorities, local residents, community groups and businesses in a common effort to strengthen society.  It also provides a Christian media voice in the community on behalf of all the churches in the city and helps build understanding and cohesion in the wider community. 


 Visit the new  Radio Plus website, now up and running with  live stream for great music, local news and much more.


 Coventry and Warwickshire Media Community (CWMC) is a not-for-profit social enterprise company, limited by guarantee (No. 064613333) established in 2007. 

Coventry and Warwickshire Media Community works to provide a Christian media voice in Coventry and the surrounding areas and help build understanding and cohesion on behalf of the churches of Coventry to the wider community. 

CWMC's vision is also to see the whole of Coventry prosper spiritually, economically and socially and to foster collaboration among the media community. 

CWMC provides Media Training, Marketing and Advertising, Sales and Promotion, and Radio Plus.  




Coventry Compact Awards 2011 

The 2010 Coventry Compact Awards - the first in the country - were a great success.

Fourteen examples of partnership working being recognised at an awards ceremony following the Compact Strategic Group meeting in June, and subsequently published as case studies.

Compact is about promoting and celebrating good practice as well as challenging poor or unfair practice.

The Compact Awards are your chance to nominate projects that embody the Compact spirit of partnership working between community, voluntary and statutory partners to improve the quality of life for Coventry people. 

The 2011 Compact Award nominations have now closed. 

Details of this year's award winners will be announced later this year.

For more information please contact Rob Allison on 024 7622 0381 or email 



Learning Disability Week 2011

Learning Disability Week is a week of national campaigning and awareness raising run by Mencap every year.

Learning Disability Week 2011 is from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 June, when Mencap will launch a 3-year campaign against hate crime, Stand By Me.

To find out more about Learning Disability Week telephone: 020 7696 6952, Email:  or visit:




West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012 - Newsletters

All the latest news from the West Midlands is the West Midlands Leadership Group for 2012.

 Read the latest edition here. 




Over 240,000 apply to become Games Makers with the London 2012 volunteering programme

On 29 October, London 2012 reported that over 240,000 people have applied to the London 2012 Games Maker volunteer programme.

Applications for the London 2012 volunteering programme have now closed and people from all backgrounds and communities and from across the UK have applied for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

The volunteering team at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will now be working through the applications to select the best of the best. They are looking for dedicated and passionate people who are committed to going beyond their personal best and ensuring that the London 2012 Games are the best they can be.

Selection and interviews of short-listed applicants will take place from February 2011 to February 2012 before training will begin.


January 2011 onwards: short-listed applicants begin to be invited to a selection event

February 2011 – February 2012: selection events will take place and all invited applicants will be interviewed

Late 2011: onwards offers made to successful applicants

February 2012: orientation training begins

March 2012: role-specific training begins

April 2012: distribution of uniforms and accreditation passes begin

June 2012: venue training begins.

Games Maker selection events will be held around the UK in London, Glasgow, Belfast, Weymouth and Portland, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Coventry. 

Details about the many other London 2012 related opportunities are available on the information sheets below:


For more information about how to get involved in London 2012 activity across Coventry and Warwickshire visit:

To keep up to date with the latest information, events, news and success please visit

For regional volunteering opportunities visit:

Find out more about Coventry and London 2012  here 



THE BIG LUNCH 2011 - Save the date - 5th June ... ! 

The Big Lunch is a national event that happened for the first time in 2009.  The idea was started by The Eden Project in Cornwall and around a million people took part last year, sharing lunches in streets, parks, gardens, car parks.  They loved it and the Big Lunch took place again in 2010! 

Last year, CEN worked with the Coventry Partnership to promote this event across Coventry.  Thirteen Big Lunches took place on Sunday 18th July across Coventry, from a simple lunch in the garden to a big community event.   A big park lunch was lined up for Gosford Park and also, with the help of Whitefriars, in places like Willenhall and Foleshill.  These included: Gosford Park Primary School, FolesHillfields Healthy Summer, Godiva Mela - Edgewick Park, Foleshill (where the Lord Mayor attended).  There were a total of 13 Big Lunches organised across the city.  This year 14 Big Lunches have been registered so far.  You can check out the locations at to find a Big Lunch near you, or why not organise one of your own! 

The Big Lunch is led by the Eden Project with the support of a family of partners, The Big Lottery Fund, MasterCard, EDF Energy and the Department of Communities and Local Government who all want to break down barriers and build bridges within neighbourhoods. 

It can be anything from a simple lunch in the garden to a full-blown street party with music and a hog roast. Or you could organise a party in a park or anywhere else where there is enough space for what you want to do. The only requirement is to invite people from your local community and to make sure you involve some people you don’t already know.

If you are interested in organising a Big Lunch in 2011 register your interest  here and let the Big Lunch team keep you updated about plans for the nationwide event in 2011?   Simply fill in the form for email updates about The Big Lunch, details of when you can register your own Big Lunch and to receive the brand new 2011 Big Lunch starter park.

Make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest Big Lunch news by checking for new posters, leaflets and planning resources.  
So, get knocking on doors, have a natter with your neighbours and help us spread the word about The Big Lunch 2011 as far and wide as possible... 

Don’t be shy, take the first step.  Be the first person in your street to suggest a Big Lunch – and then start inviting all the people that you don’t already know.  Whether you go to someone else's Big Lunch or organise one of your own have a great time, make some new friends, and let us know how it goes. 

If you want some inspiration on organising YOUR Big Lunch, have a look at   




Music Appreciation "Your Future" Course at the Coventry Jesus Centre, 7 Lamb Street, Coventry

Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm, 10th June - 15th July 2011

Coventry Jesus Centre a running a short course to help you learn new skills, use your time productively, build your confidence and gain a certificate.

  • 10 Jun- Intro to music (diverse origins)
  • 17 Jun- The medieval era
  • 24 Jun- East European music with culture
  • 1 Jul- 20th / 21st Century and all that jazz
  • 8 Jul- Electronic music and performance
  • 15 Jul- Making instruments and music

For more info contact Iain on 024 7655 0033 / 07736 227 267 or just come along.



Free weekly walking group in Foleshill

Do you want to increase your daily exercise without any hassle? Or just get out and meet some new people?

Then join a free weekly walking group every Thursday at 10.30am - Foleshill Leisure Centre, Livingstone Road.

For more information contact the Healthy Walks team 02476 833148 or email or visit

See full details of the walks  here



Heating and insulation improvements from the Warm Front scheme

The Warm Front scheme will begin to take new applications from 8am on Thursday 14th April.

Further information on the revised eligibility criteria, scope of the scheme and how to apply can be found  here.



North East Area Voluntary Sector Forum Closes

The last meeting of the North East Area Voluntary Sector Forum was held on 6th April after working in the area for 15years.

Ralph Bamber, Chair, has extended his thanks and appreciation to all those who have been involved with NEAVSF over the last fifteen years. 



Consultations - did you know?

You can find out about the latest issues on which City Council are consulting by looking on the front page of their website - top left hand corner "Consulting Coventry".  Current consultations include:

Click  here for more details.



Facts about Coventry

Facts about Coventry contains a wide range of statistical data and performance information about Coventry and its people.

The data is structured around the key priorities for Coventry, as well as demographic information for the city.

To access this information please visit the Facts about Coventry page of the Coventry Partnership website  here.



Funding News...

For details of the latest funding and how to access advice. Click here for more.

Disclaimer: no responsibility is accepted for the accuracy of information on this site - you are advised to check important information at source. Information given here does not necessarily reflect the views of Coventry Community Empowerment Network (CEN). If you have any concerns, please contact us.

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