­Eat Out to Help Out: 10 independent Coventry restaurants taking part

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ is a new Government initiative which intends to help UK businesses get back on their feet following the COVID-19 epidemic and its resulting economic impact. The scheme started on 3rd August 2020, and continues until 31st August. Customers will get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks when they eat at participating restaurants on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. There is a maximum of £10 discount per diner, but there is no minimum spend and the discount is not affected by group size. You do not need a voucher or code to claim the discount – it is automatically available at participating establishments. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. It is recommended that you book in advance at all participating restaurants to avoid disappointment, especially as many establishments are operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are loads of restaurants all over Coventry and Warwickshire which are taking part; the full list can be found at https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/.

  • Turmeric Gold

166 Spon Street, CV1 3BB

I dined at Turmeric Gold just last week, and it was simply amazing. Turmeric Gold specialise in Indian and South Asian cuisine, but they are more than just your average Indian restaurant. Their attention to detail is spectacular and they really go the extra mile to make their guests feel special. I would recommend the Chef’s Khazana – a starter platter containing a selection of Indian bites, including sheek kebab, onion bhaji and chicken tikka.

Find the full menu here: https://www.turmericgold.co.uk/menu/a-la-carte/.

Turmeric Gold are open Monday & Wednesday from 5pm until 10pm, and from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesdays.

  • The Green Dragon

21 Spon Street, CV1 3BA

The Green Dragon haven’t had the best of luck so far, with the restaurant launching a matter of days before the country went into lockdown, and so it is nice to see them back with a bang. Despite the name creating implications of east Asian cuisine, The Green Dragon offer the “best of British” and are all about using local produce and supporting independent suppliers – even the alcohol is all British, as I found when I tried to order a glass of Pinot Grigio! During August, The Green Dragon are offering a three-course set menu for £20… but guess what?! You only pay £10!

Find the full menu here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenDragonBar/photos/pcb.166458318273106/166458178273120/

The Green Dragon do not open on Mondays but are open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 9am until late.

  • The Lazy Monkey Bar & Kitchen

26 Warwick Row, CV1 1EY

Located just a short walk from Coventry Railway Station, The Lazy Monkey Bar & Kitchen specialise in Indian street food dishes, as well as offering burgers, wraps and Indo-Chinese meals. The Lazy Monkey also have an extensive cocktail menu and offer two cocktails for £10 all day every day! (Please note; alcoholic drinks are not included in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer).

Find the full menu here: http://www.thelazymonkey.co.uk/

The Lazy Monkey Bar & Kitchen are open Mondays & Tuesdays from 12pm until 10:30pm, and Wednesdays from 12pm until 11pm.

  • The Artisan Bar & Grill

1-3 Ryley Street, CV1 4AJ

Set in a former watchmaker’s workshop with glorious high beams and exposed brickwork, The Artisan Bar & Grill is a firm favourite amongst Coventry residents and visitors alike. The restaurant offers a small selection of different food options, but their real speciality is steak – in sandwiches at lunchtime or served with Bloody Mary butter and all the trimmings in the evening.

Find the full menu here: https://www.theartisanbarandgrill.co.uk/menus

The Artisan Bar & Grill open for lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 12pm and 4pm, and for dinner from 4pm until 11pm.

  • The Yard

11-12 Bull Yard, CV1 1LH

The Yard is Coventry’s flagship LGBTQ+ venue; although primarily a bar and club, The Yard also serve food options such as the “You Dirty Cow” beef burger, “Pull Ya Pork” hot dog and  “Meatball Al-horno” spicy tomato meatballs… as well as loaded fries, nachos, sharing boxes and much more!

Find the full menu here: https://order.theyardcoventry.co.uk/

The Yard are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am until 11pm.

  • Playwrights Bar & Bistro

4-6 Hay Lane, CV1 5RF

Situated in the Cathedral Quarters just a stone’s throw from the cathedral ruins, Playwrights pride themselves on their ability to cater to all guests, whatever their dietary requirements. I have a lot of meat-free friends and I know the struggles of finding a restaurant which has ‘something for everyone’, beyond your bog-standard bean burger. Not only do Playwrights offer extensive choice for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diners, the options available sound absolutely delicious, and meat-eaters don’t have to miss out either!

Find the full menu here: https://www.playwrightsrestaurant.co.uk/menus

Playwrights are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, from 10am until 9pm.

  • Leave It to Esmie

Unit 13a, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, CV1 5ED

Situated in Fargo Village, Leave It to Esmie is a family-run restaurant serving up authentic Caribbean cuisine – they’re also often included in the local line-up for Digbeth Dining Club. Think jerk chicken, mutton curry and tonnes and tonnes of flavour!

Find the menu here (collection menu only, to give you an idea of what’s on offer): https://www.esmies.co.uk/online-ordering

Leave It to Esmie are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays but are open on Wednesdays from 5pm until 9:30pm.

  • Basement Browns

14 High Street, CV1 5RE

With branches in Coventry and Leamington Spa, Basement Browns offer delicious, fresh pizzas with a large variety of different toppings. My favourite thing about Basement Browns pizza is that you can add as many different vegetable toppings as you want for free. Not only that, but the sides are out of this world – order the chicken crunchies and the cheesy garlic bread… you won’t regret it! With vegan and gluten-free options available, there really is something for everyone.

Find the full menu here: https://basementbrowns.app4food.co.uk/take-away

Basement Browns are open Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5pm until 10pm.

  • Rodizio Rico

16 Corporation Street, CV1 1GF

Boasting the title of the UK’s first Churrascaria, Rodizio Rico offer a unique dining experience based on the traditional steakhouses of Brazil. Whilst diners’ tuck into an all-you-can-eat buffet of Brazilian side dishes and salad options, ‘Passadors’ (carving waiters) pass from table to table offering an extensive selection of grilled meats, sliced straight from their skewers onto your plates. Not for the faint hearted!

Find more information here: https://rodiziorico.com/all-the-meat/

Rodizio Rico are open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9am until 5pm.

  • Aqua Food & Mood

14a Butts, CV1 3GR

With restaurants in Coventry and Warwick, Aqua Food & Mood specialise in Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant offers a selection of traditional dishes including hot and cold mezze, barbequed meats and – my favourite – chicken/lamb shawarma. Aqua also offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options and have an in-house Shisha lounge for after dinner!

Find the full menu here: http://aqua-food-mood.co.uk/menu/

Aqua Food & Mood are open from 2pm until 11pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

By Ashleigh Goodall (Instagram – @covfoodie)

Photo: CoventryBID

Relax and Paint at The Nook Urban Retreat

The Nook Urban Retreat Is the first dedicated yoga space in the very heart of Coventry, situated less than 2 minutes away from the Lady Godiva Statue. It’s the perfect little Haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, as soon as I walked in I was completely blown away by how calm and quiet it was and I honestly forgot I was in the busy city centre. 

A new addition to the sessions they provide is a Relax and Paint, an art workshop that focuses on channeling your creativity and relaxation. In such a busy society that seems focused on work and reaching that next goal, our creativity can quite often be overlooked or completely forgotten as we focus on not missing out on the next big thing. So something like Relax and Paint is exactly what we need right now. Personally for myself, focusing on something creative, whether it’s been something crafty or just simply colouring, has helped me relax myself when my head has become overwhelmed by everything going on. 

So i was excited to be invited along to their first session to see what it was about and create my own little masterpiece. I am definitely not the most artistic person, but I have always enjoyed being creative so I was excited to see what I could create and just spend two hours focused on nothing but creating my own landscape art with acrylics. 

This was my first proper outing since lockdown had started to ease, so I was a little apprehensive about being around other people that weren’t in my bubble again, but straight away I was put to ease. The staff told us about all the precautions they had taken so we could all safely social distance from each other and we were directed to use the hand sanitizer provided before going any further into the building. 

The workshop itself was a two hour session, where we got to practise techniques before we started on our canvas to create our own masterpiece, whilst enjoying the sweet treats and tea they kindly provided. 

The workshop was lead by Kiran, who is an incredible artist and the loveliest person, I highly recommend going to check out her work! She guided us through every step of working with acrylics, starting from mixing the perfect colour and practicing the different strokes and methods to build up our picture,layer by layer.

 And when we were ready, we started to build our landscape sunset painting on the canvas. I loved how relaxed and laid back the whole experience was, it wasn’t about painting the perfect picture or matching Kiran’s design. The focus was completely on relaxing and creating something unique to you, giving you a space to let your creativity flow without all the pressures of the outside world distracting you .

Kiran was incredible and so supportive, walking around as she showed us different techniques and encouraged us at every step, which honestly really helped me as i kept looking around at the others painting and getting discouraged about my own work but she helped me to feel confident in what I have created which helped me stay relaxed. Mine might not have been the picture perfect piece, but with Kiran’s encouragement i created something I was proud to have created and can’t wait to find a place to put it up in my flat.

Overall this was the perfect break from reality I needed right at that moment, two hours to myself where what was going on in the world didn’t cause me to panic and i just spent time letting my creativity flow and my mind to rest. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone, especially if you need a small break from everything right now. The next workshop is a floral water colour session on the 25th July, tickets are on sale now so definitely go snap one up before they sell out. 

As i mentioned above they will start to reopen for yoga sessions on the 25th too, but they also have a selection on demand courses online on their website, including an art class with Kiran and different types of yoga and meditation practices, all that you can do in the comfort of your own home. They are all completely free or you are welcome to make a donation via them towards NHS Charities Together which i think is amazing, and your donation will be matched onto a giftcard for The Nook Urban Retreat for when they re-open.

Foodie Review: Heavenly Desserts

Now all things considered, I’m more of a savoury kind of gal – I’d choose chips or hummus and pitta over chocolate any day of the week. But I have a bit of a weakness for cookie dough, so when I heard that a new restaurant serving all-things-sweet was coming to town (and even better, that the first 300 customers who downloaded the app would get a voucher for a free dessert) I had to indulge.

Heavenly Desserts is a franchise with branches all over England, including Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester… and now Coventry, with our local branch opening on Corporation Street on 4th July 2020. On first impressions, the store looks fantastic – the interior has been decorated to a luxurious, high-class standard, with blue velvet seating and gleaming marble-effect tables. I did feel a little bit like a celebrity when I was sat in there! The staff were very welcoming as well, and were all appropriately kitted-out in Personal Protective Equipment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Heavenly Desserts interior – photo by Aaron Law

We took a seat at our table, and glanced over the very extensive menu – in fact, there was so much choice, that I sat there dumbfounded for about 10 minutes! I had set my heart on cookie dough since before I arrived, but there were about six variations to choose from, as well as a vast selection of waffles (Belgian or American), crepes, cakes, ice cream sundaes, tarts and cheesecakes. In the end, I opted for the ‘Rocher Royale’ cookie dough, and my friend chose a strawberry cheesecake.

Our Heavenly Desserts!

In addition to their glorious selection of sweet treats, Heavenly Desserts also offer a large variety of drinks options – from mocktails and smoothies, to coffees & teas (hot or cold), to a vast range of milkshakes made with ice cream and different toppings. I ordered an Earl Grey tea latte, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the tea offered by Heavenly Desserts is their own brand, which you can actually purchase in store to make at home if you wish.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of issues raised during our visit – I was informed that the restaurant were out of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and so I had to select another topping for my cookie dough. I opted for caramelised hazelnuts, but unfortunately, these were not available either! This wasn’t really a huge issue for me and the staff were very apologetic, and explained that their deliveries had been restricted due to the COVID-19 epidemic. I was offered an extra scoop of gelato instead, and chose a hazelnut-flavoured one which was absolutely delicious – as was the cookie dough, which was warm, gooey, chocolate-y, and everything I wanted from a dessert!

The second hiccup came when I was served an ordinary cup of Earl Grey tea, rather than the tea latte which I had ordered. I didn’t raise this with the staff and enjoyed the tea, however, when I had paid up and left I noticed on my receipt that I had been charged for the latte. This didn’t really bother me too much and I chalked it down to the staff still getting their heads around the menu.

All in all, I really enjoyed my visit to Heavenly Desserts – the food was yummy, the decor of the restaurant was fabulous, and I got my cookie dough for free due to a promotion the restaurant was running, so I was very happy! There were a few teething problems, but in fairness, the restaurant had only just opened and there were extra challenges due to the COVID-19 restrictions. I think in time, things will improve and the restaurant will be a huge success.

Heavenly Desserts would be a perfect location for a date-night treat, catch up with friends, or just if you fancy giving yourself some sugar-loaded self-care!

Rating: 3.5/5

By Ashleigh Goodall (Instagram – @covfoodie)

SeaView digital TV series seeks West Midlands based talent for new writing opportunity

Belgrade is offering up yet more exciting opportunities for the community, as they have teamed up in partnership with Strictly Arts Theatre Company, Fix 8 Films, Run Home Productions and Audio Bassment to discover emerging writers to be part of the writers’ room for their upcoming urban, sci fi digital series, SeaView.
SeaView pilot still 2Set to premiere at the Belgrade Theatre in 2021, followed by a digital release, SeaView draws on inspiration from the working class and is looking for Midlands based talent to write the series collaboratively.  Up to seven of the region’s up and coming writers will have the opportunity to be a part of Belgrade’s first writers’ room, just in time for Coventry’s City of Culture 2021. Working alongside playwright Sophie Ellerby and the Belgrade’s 2021 Co-Artistic Director Corey Campbell, each writing will have the exciting experience of writing an episode each.
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If you are successful, writers will be taught key screen writing skills and will supported to further develop this, as well as being provided with a space to create. The successful applicants will be a part of an exciting  project that will merge theatre and film production.
The writers’ room will run from 6.30pm-8.30pm every Thursday from Thursday 16 July 2020 – Thursday 15 October 2020, with the final read-through taking place during the week commencing Monday 19 October 2020.
The first few writers’ sessions will be held via Zoom, eventually moving onto in person sessions at Belgrade Theatre, so applicants will need to be Midlands based and be able to travel.
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Information from Belgrade Theatre:
We would like to assure all applicants that we will be closely following government health and safety guidelines and all writers chosen will be given a full briefing before the Writers Room begins. Writers will also be informed in advanced as to when in-person sessions will begin. To apply, please send an example of your work to Sofia Stephanou at sofia.producer@gmail.com by 5pm on Monday 29 June.

This can be in any form you choose – a script, poetry or prose – but it should show a clear journey and give a strong sense of your writing style.

Along with your writing sample, you should also include an up-to-date CV and a cover letter (one-page only) explaining how being part of the Writers Room will help you to develop you as a writer and what you hope to achieve.

SeaView synopsis: Inspired by a true story, the series follows Steven, a young man destined for great things who finds himself trapped by the destiny of others.
Tormented by his gift for prophecy and haunted by his dreams, Steven tries to break the cycle of lies, crime and violence that has ensnared his family, but finds himself in an impossible position. The way seems unchangeable, the decisions they make irreversible.

Good luck to everyone entering and we cannot wait to see the premier of SeaView in 2021.

Belgrade Theatre Autumn 2020 line up announced

Get ready for Autumn 2020, because Belgrade Theatre is launching lots of new productions for the new season!
Although all theatre venues across the UK have temporarily closed, Belgrade Theatre continues to keep in high spirits, revealing their new Autumn line up, as well as a variety of online activities to keep you entertained during lockdown.
From Tuesday 28th April, tickets will be on sale for a brilliant range of shows, varying for all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for a musical or serious drama, Belgrade Theatre has you covered.
In order, shows include:
Sat 5 Sept- James Rowland’s Songs of Friendship

24-26 Sept- Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions

10-12 Sept- SHE

20 Sept-3 Oct- Dougie Blaxland’s Getting the Third Degree

23-28 Sept- The Crown-Live!

28 Sept-3 Oct- Groan Ups

7-10 Oct- Noughts and Crosses

14-17 Oct- A Splinter of Ice

20-24 Oct- Horrible Histories

30-31 Oct- Adam Z. Robinson’s Upon the Stair

Sat 31 Oct- Fascinating Aida

3-7 Nov- The Cat and the Canary

4-14 Nov- Lola Chakrabarti’s Calmer

Tues 10 Nov- Hazel O’Connor

12-14 Nov- Russian State Ballet with The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake

12-14 Nov- Santa’s Christmas Rescue

28 Nov-9 Jan- Beauty and the Beast

Sat 23rd Jan- Sing-a-long screenings of The Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

While you are waiting for all these exciting events, be sure to check out the wide range of online activities while the theatre is closed for the rest of the current season:

  • Streamed versions of Original Theatre Company’s The Croft and The Habit of Art

  • Emma Rice’s Wise Children, co-produced by Belgrade Theatre, is available to steam via BBC iplayer
  • Monday Makes: Craft activities curated in partnership with the Belgrade needlework group Craft On

  • Storytime: Children’s storytelling performed by Belgrade Staff and guest storytellers
  • Pub Quizzes: Every Tuesday evening on Facebook
  • Weducation: Educational videos and activities every Wednesday
  • Podcasts: Featuring 2021 Co-Artistic Directors Balisha Karra, Justine Themen and Corey Campbell
  • Saturday Shout-Outs: Spotlights on other local happenings in Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Sunday Showtunes: Musical Theatre playlists to enjoy throughout the weekend

For more ticket information, visit www.belgrade.co.uk. Bookings are currently online only, as the building is temporarily closed.

The Beginners Guide to an Edible Garden (Part 1)

Summer 2019

I’ve had a vegetable plot in the garden for a number of years now and also have some space on my sisters allotment and I thought as we are now in the beginnings of spring and not able to venture much outside our homes that it would be a good opportunity to go through some basics of growing.

5 Things To Do To Keep Busy In The Pandemic

In light of the recent Coronavirus pandemic I thought it would be good to share some ways that you can help your mental health and stay busy. It’s all about staying positive and trying not to let the news get us down. So here’s some things you can do to try and keep you busy and your mind active. They’re also all doable from home so if we do get put under quarantine then you can still take part.

  • Read – This might be an obvious one, but I find reading one of the best ways to escape from everyday life. Try and find something that will transport you to another world and something that is maybe adventure/comedy/uplifting.
  • Exercise – This is an important one for your mind and body. You can work out anywhere and it’s such a good relief to get your body moving. There are plenty of HIIT workouts and Yoga classes you can do on Youtube, so if you can then try and get active each day.
  • Speak to friends and family – Not necessarily in person of course (I don’t recommend visiting friends and family if you’re ill yourself or if you or them are high risk), but make sure you pick up the phone and check on your relatives. Being in isolation can really affect us and it’s nice to be able to talk to someone and have a catch up. If you have something like FaceTime or Skype even better!
  • Get creative – Paint, write poetry, knit, cross stitch or make jewellery. Now is the time to start a new hobby, so if you’ve been wanting to learn something new for a while then get on google and start learning.
  • Start a blog – This is a great time to start a blog. You can start them for free and it might be a nice release to write your feelings down and keep a mini diary. Alternatively you can write about something completely different that you love to take your mind completely off the situation.

Hopefully this list will help you to find something that will keep you occupied and busy throughout this worrying time. It’s important to be aware of the impact of the virus and to keep up to date with it, but please try not to let it get you down to much. I’ve put links below to the NHS and WHO websites so that you can keep up to date.

WHO – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Kayleigh x

Dodo Pizza Coventry: A Review #AD

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So, you’ve come back from a long day of doing what you do best (whatever that may be) and it’s time to cook some dinner. Something quick maybe, beans on toast? A pasta dish? Microwave rice? OR PIZZA?! Last week, I was kindly gifted the opportunity to try the winter pizza deal from Dodo Pizza Coventry. It completely transformed a standard weekday evening in my home; here is a little review on my experience! Enjoy!

Dodo Pizza Coventry are currently offering a fab Winter deal, with any 2 medium pizzas and 2 regular sides for just £19.98! Now, it’s not my place to tell you whether or not you should share this, or whether you want to devour it alone, but something I can do is share with you my experiences with the service, food and overall experience.

As a student I often find myself struggling to decide what to eat, especially when it concerns cost, because adulthood taught me that I can’t survive on takeaways every day, no matter how tempting it is. With Dodo Pizza, for under £20, the delivery driver turned up with enough food to feed the five hundred. Okay, not quite, but you get the gist, right? Whether you’re having a lazy day in, a feast after a long day of work or a pizza party with your pals, Dodo Pizza Coventry provides a variety of pizzas, catering for all meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners at an affordable price. Dodo pizza has an online ordering system and an app, bringing the process of ordering a pizza to your fingertips. I placed my order online and ordered a ‘Cheese & Tomato’ with marinara sauce, cherry tomatoes, extra mozzarella and oregano and a ‘Veggie Hot’ with marinara sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, chilli peppers, red onions, green peppers and cherry tomatoes and a side of wedges and garlic bread topped with mozzarella. Me being me, I removed most of the vegetables from the second pizza because I only really like red onions and peppers. As I placed my order, which was kindly gifted to me, I was able to watch my pizzas being prepared in the kitchen through the live camera feature on the Dodo Pizza website. (Technology is developing wayyyyyyy faster than I can keep up!)

After placing my order, my estimated delivery time was 1 hour. To my surprise, only 40 minutes later I saw the shadow of the vibrant Dodo Pizza boxes at my front door and I was ready to tuck right in. Despite being delivered from the city centre, my food was warm and perfectly cooked, demonstrated perfectly by my cheese pull shot below. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the veggie pizza and side of wedges especially were a 10/10 from me, with the fresh vegetables, a generous amount of warm melted cheese and the perfect amount of soft/crunch ratio of the wedges. Of course, I couldn’t hide the food from the gaze of my siblings who demolished half the pizza before I even got back from fetching the dips. A message from my sister, ‘the wedges are absolutely beautiful,’ you heard it here first!

Overall, the service, the ordering process and the quality of the food was exceptional. I finished my meal and was left with empty boxes; a happy stomach, and a new favourite go-to pizza take out. Unlike most pizza chains, the food left me feeling full and not overly bloated because of the soft dough that wasn’t heavy or stodgy. For the next time, (which I can assure will be very soon) I am super excited to explore not only the other pizza toppings but especially the desserts. I have my eye on the ‘Choco cookie dough and ice cream.’ Visit Dodo Pizza Coventry to make the most of the winter deal. Treat yourself or if you’re feeling generous, your family and friends to 2 regular pizzas and 2 sides of your choice, for only £19.98, using the promo code: 19FAV.

Mariam xoxo

Like There’s No Tomorrow: Coventry’s Young actors take to the stage to combat climate change

Coventry has yet another exciting opportunity arising, as the talented young performers of Belgrade Theatre have the opportunity to perform in an original play, commissioned through National Theatre’s NT Connections project. Bringing together many brilliant writers, the NT Connections project will give the theatre makers of tomorrow the chance to star in ten commissioned plays, working with 300 youth groups and over 6000 young people.

With climate change being a more relevant topic than ever, Belgrade Theatre’s talented young performers have taken inspiration from Climate Activists to create Like There’s No Tomorrow, alongside Belgrade’s Young Company with the support of expert theatre practitioners. NT Connections project not only gives young people the opportunity to act, but to tell the stories that are important to them.

Like There’s No Tomorrow will be showing 9-14 March on Belgrade’s brilliant B2 stage, addressing climate crisis concerns, following the story of a teenage girl, Maru. Having worked hard for their money, Maru’s parents have earned their right to little comforts: the latest mobile, a second car, a new party dress. Yet Maru cannot focus with the pollution so bad that she can hardly breathe and no one else seems to be seeing the connection. To make matters even worse, the newly elected mayor is planning to build on the park she always visited as a child. And to top it all off, a mysterious cracks splits through the town and she decides enough is enough, somebody needs to take notice and Maru will be the one to take the lead.

Following the performance of Like There’s No Tomorrow, the final script will be submitted in May to the National theatre, which hopefully will be selected to be performed at NT Connections in 2021.
The young people of Coventry are truly inspirational and we wish the best of luck to them!

Like There’s No Tomorrow shows at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry from Monday 9 until Saturday 14 March. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055, or visiting www.belgrade.co.uk where prices are cheaper.

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A view of the Coventry Skyline from Friars House

What can you do if you think someone is a Rough Sleeper in Coventry?

Have you wondered what’s being done across the city to help Rough Sleepers? Questioned how you could do more but you’ve not been sure what to do, or where to start?

Artwork by Michael Snodgrass @snodink on display at Steps for Change, 8 City Arcade

Here’s a list of things you could do to help Rough Sleepers in Coventry

  • Say hello.
  • Advise them to go to Steps for Change, 8 City Arcade (Monday – Friday 9am-3pm). This is a free drop-in service for anyone facing homelessness in Coventry. They can also get a hot drink a bite to eat. They can have a shower and wash clothes there free of charge.
    For more details visit The ARC
  • Advise them to go to Broadgate House (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm) and present as homeless on the night. They will be assessed to see if they are owed a homeless duty. This is based on the Government’s homelessness legislation.
  • Advise them to go to the Harnall Lifehouse (5pm-6am) where they can use one of the 20 rough sleeper beds available each night.
  • Check to see if the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated. If so, they can use the Harnall Lifehouse 24 hours a day to escape the weather.
  • Until the end of February, Rough Sleepers can use the Coventry Emergency Shelter at Langar House, 6 Doe Bank Lane. This is run by Langar Aid. There they can use one of 20+ rough sleeper beds, get a hot meal and a drink. They can also get a shower. More details can be found here – Coventry Emergency Shelter – CES
  • Until the end of March they can use the Coventry Night Shelter ran by Hope Coventry To access this they will need to see Bernardo at Steps for Change
  • Advise them they can get two hot meals a day, seven days a week in and around Coventry City centre, for free, regardless of their status. Details of where these meals are served from can be found on Feeding Coventry or by visiting Steps for Change.
  • You can make a referral to Street Link. Someone from the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team will visit the person in question and provide you with an update once they have been.
  • You can donate to Rough Sleepers in Coventry by visiting Change into Action. You can donate any amount through this website, and be sure that every penny goes to a rough sleeper and the money is being spent safely and on it’s intended purpose.
  • Call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team directly on 07590443815. If they are free they will come to you there and then, if not they will visit at the earliest opportunity.
  • If you think someone is under 18 and Rough Sleeping, please call the Police on 101.
  • If a Rough Sleeper agrees for you to contact any agency on their behalf so you can try to help them, they must sign a letter of consent.
  • Advise them to register with a GP.
    The Anchor Centre is most likely to be their best option.
  • If they look unwell ask them if they need an ambulance.
  • If they need food and drink direct them to Steps for Change, or one of the venues listed on the Feeding Coventry page.
A view of the Coventry Skyline from Friars House
Coventry Skyline from Friars House – Image Credit: Regan Thacker @duskyblueskies

How many beds are available for Rough Sleepers in Coventry?

There are currently over 60 rough sleeper beds in Coventry. Nobody needs to be sleeping rough at the minute. And there is NO charge for ANY Rough Sleeper beds.

More information about Rough Sleeping can be found on the Coventry City Council Website – www.coventry.gov.uk/roughsleeping

Would you like to Volunteer to help Rough Sleepers in Coventry?

Many of the services that support Rough Sleepers depend on volunteers. If you want to help and make a real difference, please check out the links below.

Artwork by Michael Snodgrass @snodink on display at Steps for Change, 8 City Arcade

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All of the information above is publicly available. It’s just been collated to provide this helpful an informative blog post.

If you know of any other services or support that’s available for Rough Sleepers in Coventry, please comment below.