The Best of Cov is back by popular demand! Our Best of Cov blog this week is on the topic of love. For Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share some reasons why we love Coventry and the people in it.
Hard times have certainly proved that people make the place, so we want to share some of the things that have been warming our hearts in the coldest of months.
- Community spirit
Coventry is a diverse and community-focussed city. Throughout lockdown, people across Coventry have been helping one another, creating with each other and engaging and inspiring their friends and neighbours.
On Monday 8 February, we announced our Community Connectors, eight Coventry residents who are passionate about their communities. Over the next few months, each community leader will work towards creating their own artistic community event. We cannot wait to see what these incredible individuals produce with their love for their communities. Find out more about our Community Connectors here.
If you're looking for ways to get involved with your community then why not sign up for Window Wanderland? From 20 Feb to 19 March, different areas of Coventry will be decorating and lighting up their front windows every weekend, creating wonderful nighttime trails that people can explore on their daily walks. You can find out when your area is lighting up and how to take part here.
- Generosity and kindness
Coventry’s generosity and kindness doesn’t just stop at its people – it also includes it’s businesses.
To mark its 175th anniversary this year, our 2021 Club member Wright Hassall is celebrating 175 acts of kindness by donating money to charity. Throughout the year, they're calling on Coventrians to nominate friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, or anyone whose kindness they think deserves recognition.
Each month, they'll be picking one nominee who will be given £175 to donate to a charity of their choice. At the end of the year, one stand-out nominee will also be given £1,175 to donate. Find out more about Wright Hassall’s 175 acts of Kindness on their website.
- Coventry creates change
Coventry has a history of activism and creating change – from Lady Godiva taking to the streets in protest, to the role of 2-Tone in tackling racism. The people of Coventry are always trying to make the world a better place. In that spirit we're now calling on the people of Coventry to nominate their own modern-day Lady Godiva - someone who is making a difference in Coventry.
Our judging panel will select 12 women (defined as anyone who self-identifies as a woman) to appear as part of a significant moment at the start of our City of Culture programme. This call-out is to celebrate the women who making positive change in the city or are using their voice for activism. Find out more about the project and how to nominate someone here.
- Coventry is a city that cares
Coventry has a plethora of amazing organisations that help to look after some of our city's most vulnerable residents. Our Caring City team works with some of these organisations; Grapevine , Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Positive Youth Foundation, and Central England Law Centre. The people in these organisations work to make Coventry a a safer city, a more welcoming city, and a more inclusive city. The work our Caring City team does with them will be reflected in the events we produce for the City of Culture 2021, leaving behind a meaningful legacy for the city.