Community Information Fair 2021

Events

10:00am - 4:00pm

Positive Images Festival hosts the Community Information Fair as part of its festival celebrations.
The Fair is located in the heart of the City Centre and features 13 marquees with 26 stalls offering a great opportunity to find out about the work of local community groups and other public service organisations.  You will also be able to find out about the services they offer to the people of Coventry.



 

Organisations taking part in 2021

Coventry Association for International Friendship

The Coventry Association for International Friendship is a people to people organisation that promotes peace and understanding both in Coventry and in its twin and friendship towns and cities.

Contact: Linda Hirons   Telephone  024 76542909 Mobile  07580 567672 
Email  [email protected]
Website www.caif.co.uk
  [email protected] 

Coventry Adult Education Service

Coventry Adult Education Service offer a wide range of courses in local venues across the city. We offer Family Education courses, essential skills courses in English, ESOL and Maths or if you are looking to get fit or learn a new skill then we offer programmes in art, craft, dance, fitness, beginners ICT, languages, music and special interest courses such as Braille, Creative writing, Photography or Researching your family history. 

For those who are looking for work or changing your job you might be interested in Using an Overlocking machine, or one of our courses with a qualification we offer Accounting, Childcare, ICT, Supporting Teaching and Learning in school and the SIA Security qualification.
Some of our new programmes this year are Introduction to teaching yoga, a working with CCTV training qualification, learning to sign Makaton and Steel pan skills. 
Please go to www.coventry.gov.uk/adulted to see our full range of courses or ring 024 7697 5200 for further information.
 

Contact: Coventry Adult Education Service
Southfields Old School
Hillfields Coventry
Post code CV1 5EJ
Contact Name     Jackie Bray Mobile 024 7697 5200
Email  [email protected]
Website www.coventry.gov.uk/adulted                                

 

Coventry Against Racism/ Love Music Hate Racism

Coventry Against Racism/ Love Music Hate Racism are community groups in Coventry that promote through education, music and protest the cause of anti racism.

Contact: Tony Conway  Mobile 07432307854 Email [email protected]
Website www.coventryagainstracism.co.uk/

Carers Trust Heart of England

Carers Trust Heart of England’s aim is to support carers and those they care for by providing the highest possible quality, individually tailored care support service that improves the lives of carers, the people they care for and their families. 

We provide integrated services that place the needs of the carer and the people they care for at the heart of everything we do.  We support people across Coventry and Warwickshire by providing: 

•    information, advice and support, including emotional support, in one to one situations and to groups of carers including emotional support to help them maintain their own health and wellbeing 
•    practical and emotional support to people living with a disability, illness or advanced age, their carers and their families enabling people to live independently in their own homes 
•    training for carers both in groups or one to one in their own home, to equip them with the skills they need to continue in their caring role
•    support to Young Carers enabling them to fulfil their full potential 
 

Contact: Carers Trust Heart of England
6 Queen Victoria Road, 
Coventry, 
CV1 3JH
Tel: 02476 632 972 
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.carerstrusthofe.org.uk/
  @CarersTrustHeartofEngland

Coventry Freeman’s Guild

Coventry Freemen are unique, as to become a Freeman is only by completing an indentured apprenticeship within Coventry. The original guilds were created in the 14th Century. Come and visit our stall for information about our membership, the Guild’s history and our charitable activities. On sale will be our historical colouring books - Coventry’s Guildhall, and Coventry’s Medieval Story.

Contact:  Peter Wilford
Telephone: 024 7644 3733   Mobile: 07810 77128   Email: [email protected]

Website www.coventryfreemensguild.wordpress.com/

 

Coventry Irish Society

The Coventry Irish Society is a charity organisation that was established in 1993 to address the health and welfare needs of the most vulnerable Irish in Coventry and the Surrounding areas:
•    To ensure the vulnerable Irish are receiving necessary health and welfare entitlements and appropriate housing. 
•    To support Irish Survivors, Irish Travellers and other vulnerable Irish.
•    To promote Irish culture and a positive sense of Irish identity. 
•    To provide information and advice to the Irish community in general, including but not limited to, applications for birth, marriage and death certificates in England and Ireland, as well as Irish passports and travel advice. 
•    To tackle social exclusion and isolation within the Irish community with a particular focus on the Irish living with memory loss.
•    To celebrate Irish culture and heritage and promote a positive sense of Irish identity in the city.

Contact: Simon McCarthy                                   
Telephone: 024 7625 6629
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.coventryirishsociety.com 
  /coventry.irish/                                                        
  @CoventryIrish

Coventry Library and Information Service

Coventry Libraries and Information Service provide access to a wide range of books, information and activities, both online and through library buildings across Coventry
    Free Coventry Library membership
    Browse craft and recipe books in many different languages
    Download a wide range of free online newspapers in different languages
    Free children’s bookmark to colour in

Contact: 024 7683 2314
Website: www.coventry.gov.uk/libraries | Central Library, Smithford Way, Coventry   CV1 1FY
Facebook: www.facebook.com/covlibraries | Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/covlibraries

CRASAC 

CRASAC   is a rape crisis centre which provides specialist support for women, men, and children who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse at any time in their life, through face -to-face individual counselling from aged 5 years.
 
Practical, emotional and advocacy support to female and male victims who are going through the Criminal Justice System. An outreach service provides support information and advocacy to BAME community within community settings.

We aim to address the trauma and injustice of abuse through promoting the needs and voices of victims and survivors through training and aware raising.

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse centre
PO box   2464
Post Code CV1 1ZA
Contact Name    Manjit Rehal                               
Telephone   02476 277772
Mobile    07852 554191

Email   [email protected]

Website www.crasac.org.uk

FWT - a centre for women

To enable and empower women from Coventry and the surrounding areas to take control of their lives and move forward with our Social, Health and Economic projects. Education, training, health and employment support. Culturally sensitive, women only and with language support. Creche available.

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Contact: Faye Pettitt |024 7663 7693/07340 540659 | [email protected]
Website: www.fwt.org.uk | Facebook: www.facebook.com/FWTCov
70-72 Elmsdale Avenue, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6ES

Healthwatch

Healthwatch argues for the interests of all who use health and social care services in Coventry. We aim to give local people a powerful voice- making sure that views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services. We are independent of all these services (such as hospitals and GPs).

Contact: 0247 622 0381 | [email protected]
Website: http://www.healthwatchcoventry.co.uk/ 
29 Warwick Road, Coventry CV1 2ES

Migrant Family Support

Migrant Family Support CIC is a Community Interest Company .We focus on empowering families and young people in the communities through training and development, food aid and providing legal advice and assistance together with psychosocial support and peer support.

Contact Name   RUMBIDZAI     BVUNZAWABAYA                            
Telephone 07956949500
Email [email protected] 
Website www.migrantfamilysupport.co.uk

Midland Mencap

Midland Mencap is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and a better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs.

Midland Mencap is one of the region’s leading learning disability charities with a strong, respected and established reputation for excellence and innovation. 

We pride ourselves on being creative and flexible in responding to the needs and aspirations of citizens, their families and carers.

In Coventry our Services include: Family Carer Support, Community Leisure Activities and our inclusive cycling service- parkride.

Coming soon- a new inclusive sports project- Coventry Active. 

Midland Mencap
Pinewood, Bell Heath Way, Woodgate Business Park, Birmingham, B32 3BZ
Contact Name     Laura Gilmour                              
Telephone 0121 442 2944
Mobile 07366313538
Email [email protected] 
Website www.midlandmencap.org.uk Facebook/midlandmencap              @MidlandMencapUK

Rotary Clubs of Coventry

The 3 Rotary Clubs of Coventry are proud of the city’s heritage, its history of invention and manufacture, and its place in the world as the City of Peace and Reconciliation.
As Clubs, we organise and support a whole range of activities throughout the city.
During the pandemic, we supported the Coventry Food Bank, and more recently have provided Oxygen Concentrators for India.

Rotarians engage in many charitable activities and organisations, both in the local community and globally.

We are proud to have supported the recent CVX Festival, one of the City of Culture’s Youth Projects. Through music, dance, rap and the spoken word, CVX has enabled vulnerable youngsters to express themselves and their desire to live in a safer city and world, with better prospects for the future.

Contact:   John Young  Telephone: 0116 220 3757 Mobile: 07880 742 048                          
Email:  [email protected]

Shine A Light

Shine A Light Support Service are an all-volunteer registered charity who provide support to families across Coventry and Warwickshire who are affected by cancer.  We provide person centred counselling for adults and for children, activity sessions for adults, children and young people and whole family groups, coffee and drop-in sessions and days out.  

During the Covid pandemic we have delivered services online and by telephone to continue support. Our family centre and offices are based within the Koco Community Resource Centre in Spon End, Coventry.  

Contact Name         Sam Schoolar                             
Telephone               02475264064
Mobile                     07956261440
Email                      [email protected]
Website                  www.shinealightss.org.uk
 @shinealightsupportservice          @ShineALightCov

Voluntary Action Coventry

Voluntary Action Coventry exists to increase and better support social action and community resilience in Coventry; strengthening communities and improving quality of life for residents in the city. We strive to create an environment that enables individuals and communities to overcome barriers and disadvantage and to progress positively to independence.

Contact:  | 024 7622 0381 | [email protected]
Facebook: facebook.com/Voluntary-Action-Coventry | Twitter: https://twitter.com/VACoventry
27-29 Trinity Street, Coventry CV1 1FJ

WATCH - Working Actively To Change Hillfields​

WATCH is a charity supporting people facing exclusion, disadvantage and deprivation. We help people from minority groups who are culturally under represented by providing them different support and services that aim to improve the quality of their lives such as: ESOL; Employment support (CV Job search) and IT training.

Contact Name Emma   Telephone: 07709796149
Email: [email protected] Website: watchcharity.org.uk