The Coventry Partnership
The Coventry Partnership brings together senior representatives from the community sector, private sector, public sector and voluntary sector to work together towards the vision for Coventry to be a growing, accessible city where people choose to live, work and be educated and where businesses choose to invest.
Welfare Reform Pop-up-Shop in Riley Square, Bell Green
A Pop-up-Shop offering residents advice on benefit changes will be launched in Riley Square, Bell Green on Monday & Tuesday 29th and 30th April 2013 from 10.00am - 4.00pm. The temporary shop will be set up to help people with a number of issues, from the new bedroom tax to changes to disability living allowance and tax credits. Advice and support will be available from Coventry City Council, Whitefriars and Orbit Housing, Coventry Law Centre, Citizens Advice Centre, NEA and Severn Trent Water.
Charley Gibbons, Manager of CAB and chair of Coventry Partnership said "We are delighted that so many agencies are working together to tackle the welfare reform changes. We have a number of of experts in one place who will be offering advice on reducing fuel bills, helping people get on-line, on effective ways of managing tight budgets and a lot more".
Financial Capability Course
14 people from a range of voluntary and community organisations in Coventry benefitted from a two-day Financial Capability Course funded by The National Skills Academy Financial Services and co-ordinated by Coventry Partnership.
The two-day course focussed on how to deliver financial capability session rather than what to deliver. The participants gained a nationally recognised OCN qualification (Level 3) in Financial Capability Facilitation Skills.
Participants on the course have been quoted as saying:
"Money for Life Financial Capability 'Teach Me' and 'Teach Others' courses have built my confidence to empower Coventry citizens to develop their financial competence and confidence, leading to a more fair and stronger community".
"I received great support through this practical Financial Capability course to teach others and build clients confidence in financial skills at a time when it is most needed."
Big Lunch 2013
What are ‘Big Lunches’? Anything from a simple lunch in the garden to a big community event
The Big Lunch 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. A one day get together for neighbours across the UK – Sunday 2nd June 2013
Community Asset Transfer
If you are interested in having a Community Asset Transferred to your organisation you will need to complete an expression of interest in the first instance.
Welfare Reform - 'Pop-up-Shop'
The purpose of the Welfare Reform 'Pop-up-Shop' was to provide free information and advice to residents of Coventry who were worried about the Government’s changes to benefits.
The visitors to the pop-in-shop were able to get information on the options available to help them prepare for the changes, including guidance on budgeting, re-housing and ways to improve and promote energy efficiency They were also able to find out about Coventry Credit Union’s ‘jam jar accounts’, which help people on low incomes to manage their money.
The shop was based in an empty unit in Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre and was open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm Monday 18 March – 22 March. On average, a 100 people per day accessed information and advice.
The partners within the Coventry Partnership included AgeUK Coventry, Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Coventry City Council – Housing Benefit and Benefit Advice Line, Coventry Law Centre, Groundwork, Midland Heart, NEA, New Central Credit Union Ltd and Whitefriars Housing.
The Coventry Partnership Team organised and co-ordinated the event.
Coventry Community Cohesion Awards 2013
The Coventry Partnership Equality and Community Cohesion Group in collaboration with Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership (CEMAP) are pleased to announce the launch of the Community Cohesion Awards for 2013.
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 allow us to celebrate people and activities that have contributed to our cohesive communities.