Community Information Fair

Community Information Fair will take place on Fridayday 17th June 2016 from10.00am – 4.00pm Smithford Way, CV1 1FY (Outside Coventry Central Library)

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 12 marquees with 24 stalls offering a great opportunity to find out about the work of local community groups and other organisations as well as the services they offer to the people of Coventry.

Organisations taking part

Action for Blind People
58-72 Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN
Contact: Kerrie Grayman Tel: 0121 665 4200
Action for Blind People, part of RNIB. Provides practical and emotional advice and support across England to people who are blind or partially sighted and their friends and family.

Adopt and Foster for Coventry
Family Placement Service, Coventry City Council, Room 218, Civic Centre 1, Earl Street, CV1 5RS
Contact: Rachel Brown Tel: 024 7683 2828
Email: or
Coventry City Council needs more people to foster and adopt Coventry children. The Adopt and Foster for Coventry team would like to speak to anyone who is interested in helping us care for Coventry children by providing children with a safe, secure and nurturing home.

Age UK Coventry
7 Warwick Row, CV1 1EX
Contact: Deb Sharples Tel: 024 7643 3962
Age UK Coventry is here to inspire, enable and support older people to enjoy and make the most of later life. Age is different for everyone and of course, the challenges are different for everyone too. At Age UK Coventry, we are many things to many people – a source of advice, information, companionship and support.

Contact: Rebecca Carter Tel: 016 0472 0969
Beanstalk is a children’s literacy charity that recruits and trains reading helpers who provide dedicated 1:1 literacy support to children in local primary schools. Each reading helper works with three children on a one-to-one basis, twice a week for at least one school year. Volunteers provide much needed consistency and children are able to unlock the joys and pleasures of reading.

Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of Warwick, Kirby Corner Road, CV4 7AL
Contact: Tel: 024 7652 4617
A place to return to education and meet your personal and professional goals in a supportive learning environment. We offer flexible study options designed to fit around your work and family commitments.
Choose from 10 week courses to PhDs.

Cook and Eat Well
Contact: Julia Spencer Tel: 08453 882 369
Email: or
The Cook and Eat Well team are here to help Coventry residents make healthy food choices. We offer FREE 9 week healthy cooking courses which develop people’s cooking skills, understanding of healthy eating and build confidence in cooking a meal from scratch on a budget.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Wayside House, Wilsons Lane, CV6 6NY
Contact: Ian Yates Mobile: 07766 922855
The Trust provides mental health, learning disability and community health services to the people of Coventry. Provides mental health and learning disability services in Warwickshire and Solihull. In a typical day, the Trust sees nearly 5,000 patients from an overall catchment area of more than one million people.

Coventry Samaritans
57 Moor Street, CV5 6ER
Contact: Tel: 116 123 for Free 24 hour helpline 024 7667 3460 for administration and recruitment
Email: for administration and recruitment
Coventry Samaritans provides a free 24 hour helpline for anyone who is upset or troubled for feeling suicidal. Ring us any time on 116 123 – calls are free from any phone including mobiles. Or email us at for help and support.

Coventry Cyrenians Ltd
5th Floor, Coventry Point, Market Way, CV1 2HL
Contact: Jo Page
Tel: 024 7652 7887 Mobile: 07722663994
Cyrenians provide a comprehensive range of high quality services to homeless and vulnerably housed people in Coventry and Warwickshire, with the aim of improving their quality of life and to empower them to live as independently as possible.

CRASAC (Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)
PO box 2464, Coventry CV1 1ZA
Contact: Manjit Rehal
Tel. 02476 277772 or Mobile: 07852554191
Crasac work with victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse through the provision of specialist services via a help line, counselling for children from 5 years as well as adult male and female, to promote the needs and voices of victims and survivors through training and awareness raising.

Contact: Tel: 024 7622 0381
Healthwatch argues for the interests of everyone who use health and social care services in Coventry. We aim to ensure that their views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services. We are independent of these services (such as hospitals and GPs)

Hope in Unity
St Paul’s Community Hall, Foleshill Road, CV6 5AJ next to St Pauls Church
Contact: Evadne Headley
Mobile: 0796 843 8097
Hope in Unity operates every Wednesday from 10.00am – 3.00pm. Our project caters to Black Minority Ethnic elders who are sixty years and above. We have good conversation/discussions and activities that will stimulate the mind and body, and feed your soul. We provide freshly cooked healthy nutritional Caribbean food all for a small fee.

Life Path Trust
511, Walsgrave Road, Coventry, CV2 4AG
Contact: Louise Fellows
Tel: 024 7665 4817 Mobile: 07834 960 004
Life Path Trust is a successful, innovative and expanding Charity,supporting people with learning disabilities to live their lives to the full. We are currently recruiting volunteers to help us with our work.

National Energy Action (NEA) with Coventry Independent Advice Service
Harp Place, CV1 4DX
Contact: Judy Best Telephone: 024 7655 9191 Mobile: 7960 197080
Oakwood House, Cheylesmore, CV1 2HL
Contact: Alan Markey Tel: 024 7652 1100
NEA: The Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) project provides free advice, on keeping your home warm, fuel debt and switching suppliers to vulnerable households in Coventry. HEAT also delivers bespoke telephone and face to face advice, working holistically to deliver solutions to multiple problems. 
For help and advice call HEAT 024 7655 9191.

Coventry Independent Advice Service:Coventry Independent Advice Service:  We are a charity offering free advice, information and support to all Coventry residents. Our service is confidential and our skilled advisers can help you with things like identifying benefits you might be entitled to and helping you make claims, helping to challenge benefit decisions, advice on debt and money problems and basic advice and information on housing and other issues.

New House, Hertford Place, CV1 3JZS
Contact: Liz Strain Tel: 024 7622 5863 Mobile: 07884 736881
We’re the UK’s largest provider of relationship support and every year we help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. Our services include Relationship Counselling for individual and couples. Family Counselling, Mediation, Children and Young People’s Counselling and Sex Therapy. We also provide friendly and informal workshops for people at important stages in their relationships.

Valley House
Contact: Tel: 024 7626 6280
Established in 1977, based in North East Coventry, Valley House enables over 2,200 isolated and vulnerable individuals to achieve and sustain greater independence each year. We employ around 70 staff and provide a range of services including: Supported Accommodation/Floating Support/Outreach Services; Children and Families; Youth and Community and Counselling and Support.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – Go With the Flow Project
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, CV3 3GW
Contact: Anna Squire/James Harris Tel: 024 7630 2912
Mobile: 07956 993413/07796 380771
Email: or
Go With the Flow offers people the chance to get out, get active, spend time in nature, meet new people and learn new

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) New Links Project, WEA Coventry,
St Peter’s Centre, Charles Street, Coventry , CV1 5NP
Contact Name: Luda Ruddock, Project Coordinator (New Links)                               
Telephone: 02476 666625
Mobile: 07766 565853
WEA is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education with a social purpose. The Big Lottery funded New Links project improves social integration of those who have no entitlement to welfare benefits by offering access to free, community based learning opportunities in multicultural groups.

Download the Community Information fair leaflet (PDF)

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