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Find out what members of CEN are up to

Link to our group stories page, or read the latest edition of our magazine, Speakeasy.

Find out what's happening in Coventry here.

The Coventry Partnership have produced a leaflet which 'busts' some of the myths around asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants. You can download it  here.

New leader for Coventry Partnership

The chair of the Coventry Partnership rotates each year, and Stephen Banbury, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Coventry has been named as this year's chair. He replaces Ken Taylor, Leader of Coventry City Council.  Read more about it  here.

Want to know more about the Coventry Partnership? You can read more  here.

My Neighbourhood

Find out about what's really happening where you live! This police website gives crime statistics for your area, and shows how you can make your voice heard to improve community safety where you are. Click  here to visit it.

Re-launch of Anti-social Behaviour reporting line

'It's your call' has been relaunched with a local Coventry number: 024 7683 1300

It has been redesigned to make it easier for people to report the different types of ASB. From litter in the street, to graffiti and vandalism, nuisance neighbours to underage drinking, people can now report it to It's Your Call.

Members of CEN who attended last October's monthly meeting were involved in a mini-consultation on a leaflet for residents explaining what to do if you experience anti-social behaviour. This has now been sent out to every house in the city.

Community's comments change city's strategy

The Coventry Partnership has expressed thanks to the many members of CEN who gave up their time to comment on the priorities and objectives in Coventry’s twenty year strategy. ‘All comments made were taken on board, and there have been some major changes to the document as a result’, says June Morley from the Coventry Partnership. ‘Where no change has been made, it is either because the issue raised was already in the strategy, or because it will be contained in the delivery plans that sit under this strategy. No comment has been ignored’. Consultations were also held with other groups including CEMAP, CVSC, NDC and individual residents.

Thanks to CEN members’ comments on crime, large parts of the Community Safety theme have been rewritten. Several new priorities have been added, including preventing crime by (amongst other means) working with families and individuals who cause concern in neighbourhoods, working with local communities to reduce the fear of crime and improving the support given to victims of crime. In other themes, new priorities include creating appropriate jobs to retain graduates, improving flooding disaster management and encouraging good nutrition. The commitment to supporting older people to live independently has been strengthened.

CEN members had an opportunity to ask questions about the amendments at our Saturday conference in March. To find out exactly what has happened to your comment view the full feedback document here. 

Programme of CEN Events 2010

During the week Monday 15th February to Thursday 18th February Coventry CEN joined forces with a number of partner organisation to provide an exciting programme of intergenerational learning activities at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, with a Match-day experience on 27th February.

Coventry City Legends was developed in Partnership with the Federation of Stadium Communities, (FSC), Coventry Community Empowerment Network (CEN), The Ricoh Arena Community Space, Sky Blues in the Community, Coventry City FC, and the PfS Partnership Centre.  The project was funded by a Transformation Fund grant from the Department of Business, Innovation and skills and brought together NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) young people (19-25) and older people (50+) from the neighbourhoods surrounding the Ricoh Arena and other areas in Coventry, to take part in a variety of informal learning activities including digital photography, meeting and interviewing former players, football coaching and desk-top publishing.  The course was free to all participants with transport and lunch included.  

Check our website and events page for details of future events in due course.

Virtual Gallery at the Herbert

Ever wondered what's in the Herbert Gallery? Or interested in improving your IT or photography skills? The Herbert Gallery is recruiting groups from across Coventry for their 'Virtual Gallery' project, which aims to encourage participation and access to their collections, and increase participants' ICT and creative skills.

You will have the opportunity to handle objects from the Herbert's collection, photograph them, learn how to digitally enhance your photos and to work on web-based programmes to create your own 'online gallery' using the latest web-building technology. The workshops are free.

If you or your group is interested, please contact Aysha.Afridi@coventry.gov.uk, 024 7678 5167.

Link to the  Herbert Gallery

Our Website

CEN's website is for members of the network and the community of Coventry. It features news of community groups transforming their neighbourhoods, the latest from the Coventry Partnership via our community reps, plus:

  • a page for each member of CEN - update your details here.
  • an interactive map to find other groups in your neighbourhood or interest group.

This website is for you! Advertise your events, share your learning, ask for help from other groups or make your voice heard. If you have a story or event you would like us to put on the website, contact us!

Stories of Success

CEN has produced a booklet highlighting the stories of ordinary people in Coventry who have brought about change in their community. Find out how community groups achieved their success. Be inspired and learn at the same time! 

You can read the individual stories here. You can order a booklet by contacting CEN.

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