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MiFriendly Cities Kickstarts This Year's RISING Global Peace Forum

Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2019

The ground-breaking and innovative MiFriendly Cities project will celebrate reaching its halfway point as a key part of this year’s RISING Global Peace Forum.

Coventry’s population growth good for city

Published on Thursday, 07 November 2019

With Office for National Statistics population projections consistently identifying Coventry as the fastest growing city outside of greater London, Cllrs say that it is also good news for the economic growth of the city.

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MiFriendly Cities Celebrates Halfway Mark at the 2019 RISING Global Peace Forum

Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2019

The ground-breaking and innovative MiFriendly Cities project will celebrate reaching its halfway point as a key part of this year’s RISING Global Peace Forum.

A New App to Say 'Welcome!'

Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Coventry’s Building Bridges project within the Migration Team has developed ‘Welcome to Coventry’, a new web app aimed at making the city more accessible to new arrivals.

Photo Left to Right: Ben Keeling, RG Group; Sarah Gristwood, Coventry City Council;
Tom Hay, RG Group; Junior Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Bernice Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Luke Moore, M&S Decorators; Phil Moore, M&S Decorators.

Local developer supports local community

Published on Monday, 04 November 2019

Local developer, RG Group, have transformed a Longford-based community centre after volunteering their time, skills and materials to the site.

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Sarah Gristwood, Coventry City Council; Ian Bowes and Adrian Davidson, Watkin Jones; Denise Bird, Finham library; Alison Fox, Cheylesmore library; Ann Wheatley, Earlsdon library;

Local Developer Watkin Jones supporting the community

Published on Thursday, 10 October 2019

Three city community libraries have been awarded a total of £1,000 to support their work by a local developer.

Plaque to be unveiled to celebrate life and work of community champion

Published on Thursday, 01 August 2019

A lasting memorial to a community champion is set to be unveiled on Saturday 3 August in Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill.

Pictured: Patrcia Evans, Sajid Javid, Mohammed Bashir

Coventry groups working to stop extremism receive Government funding

Published on Monday, 29 July 2019

Three projects working to bring an end to extremism in Coventry have been awarded Home Office funding, as part of a national strategy to defeat racism, promote equality and build a more unified society.

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New project underway to help address rough sleeping in Coventry

Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2019

The Council and dozens of other city agencies are increasing their efforts to help rough sleepers in the city.

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Coventry will Fly the Flag for Human Rights next week

Published on Thursday, 20 June 2019

Coventry will Fly the Flag for Human Rights as part of a major national campaign, which will see a range of activity in the city next week (w/c June 24).

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Ray urges city people to remember those who serve

Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Coventry will celebrate Armed Forces Day next week – and people are being urged to go along to show their support and say thank-you.


Coventry charity set to raise £50,000 in ‘healthy holidays’ campaign

Published on Friday, 07 June 2019

Feeding Coventry is a local network of community organisations teaming up with national charity, Feeding Britain, which crowdfunds to support families with children at risk of missing out this summer.

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PM awards outstanding Coventry D-Day veteran and charity founder ahead of 75th anniversary

Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2019

The Prime Minister has recognised Dennis Davison BEM from Coventry, for his exceptional service establishing ‘Normandy Day UK’ in 2010 to provide education and engagement for veterans and schools.

Support for city public space protection order

Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2019

Most people who replied to a consultation are in favour of the introduction of a public space protection order (PSPO) to tackle crime in Coventry City Centre and nearby areas.

Nominate for the Carers Trust Awards

Published on Thursday, 16 May 2019

Many people choose not to describe themselves as a carer – it’s just something they do for someone they care about. This is an opportunity to do something for them.

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Coventry and Warwickshire nurses and midwives to celebrate International Nurses' Day and International Day of the Midwife

Published on Thursday, 09 May 2019

Past, present and future nurses in Coventry and Warwickshire will be celebrated in spectacular style this week.

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Touring sculpture helps raise awareness of violent crime

Published on Friday, 03 May 2019

The huge Knife Angel sculpture, made of 100,000 confiscated knives, is due to move on to Birmingham today and agencies working together to address violent crime hope its impact will continue.

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Mass picnic planned in Coventry for 6 June to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Published on Thursday, 02 May 2019

A Coventry charity is planning to set a record for the largest number of people at a picnic in Coventry.


Belgrade to highlight wellbeing

Published on Thursday, 25 April 2019

With Coventry and Warwickshire celebrating their Year of Health and Wellbeing in 2019, the Belgrade Theatre is playing host to a series of special events this spring.

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Artists to highlight human rights issues

Published on Thursday, 25 April 2019

A campaign highlighting human rights and how they affect people’s day-to-day lives has recruited 30 Coventry artists to create stories and poems that will feature around the city.

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Knife Angel painting at city gallery

Published on Thursday, 18 April 2019

A painting, inspired by the arrival of the Knife Angel sculpture in Coventry, has gone on display at a city gallery.


‘Crafting’ community the Grapevine way

Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A purl-er of an idea from two women who met at a Coventry knitting group is blossoming into a network of friends coming together weekly to chat, craft and overcome isolation.

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City of Culture could be coming to a street near you

Published on Thursday, 11 April 2019

The UK City of Culture programme in 2021 could be coming to a street near you.

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The NHS is changing – what should it do?

Published on Thursday, 11 April 2019

Do you have experience of cancer, heart or lung diseases, mental health or any ongoing health condition such as diabetes or arthritis?

Improving air quality on Holyhead Road

Published on Friday, 29 March 2019

We all want to improve air quality in the city, that’s why the Council has submitted an Outline Action Plan to the Government.

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Environmental initiative to plant over 550 trees throughout Coventry

Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

A tree planting ceremony took place at Longford Park, Longford on Thursday 14 March.

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Young voices to be heard as part of Knife Angel response

Published on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Young people across Coventry will have their voices heard as part of the response to the Knife Angel being in the city.

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Reporting hate crimes reminder

Published on Wednesday, 20 March 2019

A statement from Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council:

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City unites to welcome Knife Angel

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019

A huge Knife Angel sculpture, made of 100,000 confiscated knives, has arrived in Coventry.

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Knife Angel to arrive in Coventry

Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2019

A huge sculpture, made of 100,000 confiscated knives, arrives in Coventry on Thursday (March 14) as the city comes together to tackle knife crime.

Spirit of 2012 awards £200,000 to help Coventry City of Culture 2021 develop its plans

Published on Monday, 25 February 2019

Spirit today announces an award of £200,000 to the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

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Knife angel coming to Coventry

Published on Thursday, 14 February 2019

A sculpture created from confiscated knives used to commit crimes is to go on display outside Coventry Cathedral.

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City of Culture Trust launches first major campaign

Published on Friday, 07 December 2018

The City of Culture Trust is today launching its first major campaign since Coventry won the title UK City of Culture 2021.

Community rally to support winter night shelter

Published on Friday, 30 November 2018

Coventry Winter Night Shelter (CWNS) will be reopening on 1 December, with registrations now being taken.

Bid to help keep young people from getting involved in violent offending

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2018

Coventry City Council is seeking partners to help deliver an innovative programme aimed at preventing young people from getting involved in violent offending.

Pod's work highlighted in national campaign

Published on Thursday, 15 November 2018

The life-changing work of The Pod is being highlighted on social media as part of a Local Government Association campaign to call for better funding for Adult Social Care.

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Messages of hope at remembrance service

Published on Thursday, 15 November 2018

Dozens of pupils from city schools have been helping to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in which the children of Coventry held their own service of remembrance.

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Breaking ground on Coventry’s digital transformation

Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Coventry residents and their neighbouring businesses are a step closer to accessing next-generation full fibre connectivity for the very first time.

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Autism-friendly sessions at Tile Hill

Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Families with autistic children can benefit from weekly activity sessions and an autism friendly environment, at Tile Hill library.

Laptops to be donated to community groups

Published on Monday, 12 November 2018

Coventry City Council has once again made a number of recycled laptops available for distribution to community groups and voluntary sector organisations across the city.

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Free Radio charity donates over £18,000 to help seriously ill local children

Published on Thursday, 08 November 2018

Cash for Kids, the charity of radio station Free Radio, has handed over a cheque for £18,119 to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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Silhouettes honour city's fallen

Published on Thursday, 08 November 2018

Two silhouette First World War soldiers now grace Greyfriars Green as a reminder of the sacrifice made by so many and a tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Work has started (5 November) on replacing bollards in Coventry city centre’s main square

Published on Monday, 05 November 2018

Work has started (5 November) on replacing bollards in Coventry city centre’s main square.

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Strengthening community relations in Coventry

Published on Thursday, 25 October 2018

Representatives from the public, private and the voluntary sector met yesterday (Wednesday 24 October) to set out plans to encourage integration of newly arrived communities in Coventry.

Coventry young people tackle challenge of violent extremism

Published on Friday, 19 October 2018

More than a 100 people joined together this week in Coventry to look at the threat from terrorism and how to make local people more resilient to extremism.

Council calls for end to Ricoh Arena legal action

Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The Leader of Coventry City Council has called on the owners of the Sky Blues to end their campaign of legal action.

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West Midlands Police have launched a brand new live chat service on their website.

Published on Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Live chat gives you the power to report all non-emergency crime online and speak to an adviser anytime between 8am - midnight (Monday - Sunday).

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Children and volunteers plant new orchard at The Charterhouse

Published on Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Dozens of primary school children and volunteers have planted trees to create a community orchard in the gardens of one of Coventry’s finest medieval buildings.

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