Monthly Archives: September 2015

wanjos

September 26, 2015

community base logoWe’ve got our next soup planned and it’s going to be held @ Community Base on Friday 20th November 2015.

For those of you that don’t know, Community Base is a “truly multicultural community centre” in the heart of Brighton, and they provide a home for voluntary groups across the city. So we’re chuffed to be holding an event there, up on the 5th floor with great views across the city.

Now, who wants a ticket?

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Hangleton – 18th Sept 2015

Our second BrightonSoup event and this time no noisy dance class above – and we had a much better PA system. Sadly one of our projects had to drop out late so there were 3 projects pitched on the night. Tamsin from Wide Berth won the vote and £300.70 in ticket money and donations for her craft taster classes for socially isolated mothers.

There were plenty of connections made and skills pledged to the projects so we hope they all get the support they need. We also had last soup’s winner, Ann from the Purple People Plot come back with an update on their project and how the money has helped. We’ll keep you updated on all these projects and let you know when they’re having events of their own.

Everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen is listed below:


The Venue

St Richard’s Community Centre,
Egmont Road
Hove
BN3 7FP

Thanks to Ann Tizzard & Patricia Weller for being so helpful throughout.


The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event, it was the reason people attended (and maybe the soup).

These were 3 projects that pitched. Although only one was the winner, they all need your support. If you can help in any way please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – Portslade Bonfire Society

Portslade Bonfire Society is a local group of residents keen to celebrate bonfire night with an annual torch lit procession through the Old Village and surrounding area finishing at emmaus Brighton – a national charity providing a supportive environment for homeless people. Emmaus hold an annual fireworks display and we plan to light their bonfire with the torches from our procession – and then enjoy the fireworks. This can be a great way of taking part in a local community event that is open to all. It’s a big responsibility and an empowering experience for youngsters to carry a lit torch through their home community. One we believe would be positive and memorable giving locals a sense of ownership in their own communities.

We have been invited to join Sussex Bonfire Council, organisers of the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations as well as supporting thirty other Bonfire Societies in Sussex. Any future fund-raising by Portslade Bonfire Society will be donated to the emmaus Brighton. To meet Brighton & Hove Council requirements we need funding for public liability insurance, and this is where any funding from BrightonSoup will be spent.

DSCF8639Presenter: Alex Hardman

Contact:
Alex Hardman
0781 773 1590
alex.hardman@plumpton.ac.uk

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697649887132684/

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2 – Wide Berth (Winner)

Wide Berth is a project that enables mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst
engaging in an activity, such as making mosaics. Set up by Tamsin Williams, we aim to counteract social isolation for mums and develop a community of support for families in Hove.

Wide Berth is run by a committee with different interests and skills, and an empathy for mums suffering from Post natal depression.

We currently need to raise funds to keep the project running. Funding from BrightonSoup will cover the cost of hiring a hall for a ‘taster day’ to promote Wide Berth with various mini workshops offering different art and craft activities run by mums themselves. It will pay for promotion of the day with posters and leaflets, and serve the purpose of raising awareness of
Wide Berth. Check our website for photos from previous workshops here.

DSCF8675Presenter: Tamsin Williams

Contact:
Tamsin Williams ~ Wide Berth Project Co-ordinator
wideberth.honeycroft@gmail.com

Links:
Website: https://wideberth.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WideBerth

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3 – Wild Things & High Jinks

“My daughter is disabled and suffers with anxiety, ADD, and is partially deaf. I wanted an activity where she could achieve something on her own and climbing has been one of those achievements. The staff at Adventure Unlimited were absolutely fantastic with her – kind, patient and extremely understanding. Their dedication paid off and eventually she climbed the wall and reached the top – the look on her face was priceless!  It’s so important for her to achieve things in life as so many things are difficult for her, but one little step like reaching the top of that wall in life for her is like climbing a mountain.” This is what one mum told us about her child’s experience at our climbing club.

For 38 years, Adventure Unlimited have helped transform the lives of children and young people this way. Providing subsidised places and additional support for those that need it to take part and we have worked with literally thousands of young people. Now, is a tough time for small charities and we need your help to carry on providing our services and bring back our term-time climbing and archery clubs and outdoor adventure holiday clubs in the Autumn. Without your help, there’s a real risk that the memories created this year could be the last.

DSCF8708Presenters: Susannah Broadbridge & Chris Trickey

Links:
Website : www.aultd.org
Facebook:  facebook.com/AdventureUnlimited
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/aultdbrighton

  • Sadly Adventure Unlimited closed down in September 2016.

Everyone that helped

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups, free of charge, to all of our guests (4 vegan and all gluten free). Tom couldn’t join us this time, but he still provided a couple of soups. Ash again provided a spicy soup. We also had a couple of newcomers, Lizzie and Paul, supplying soups – and they spent the evening in the kitchen helping our Peter feed the masses and washing up.

Thank you Mandy and Jill for coming in to help with the washing up.

the-soup-deptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept 
Carrot & Coriander Soup
Curried Chick Pea & Bean Soup

cactusAsh (Chef) & Shona Sharma @ The Cactus Cafe 202 Portland Road
Pun Yam Soup

 

Lizzie Batten
Clam Chowder

Paul Tansley
Leek & Potato Soup

A special mention to Hilary & Richard for once again providing allotment veg that went into the soups. Also a huge thanks to all the people that brought food, there was so much.

Music

DSCF8857The musical entertainment this time was provided by guitar duo, Dare To Be Charlie. Newcomers to Brighton, Daren and Charlie impressed with their eclectic mix of original songs, super harmonies and good humour. They got a great response from our soupers.

Not only did they entertain, but they let us use their PA for the pitches. Thanks!

The Sponsors

The local businesses that supported us with decorations, donations and raffle prizes. With their help we covered the costs of hosting the event so that all the ticket money went to the winning project.

All @ Get Stuffed Cafe
All @ Hartley’s Wines (Hangleton Way)
All @ The Grenadier Pub
David @ Westow Play & Football
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers
Julien & Martina
@ Intenso Cafe
Karen @ Suntrap Salon
Michelle
@ Coral Greyhound Stadium
Nima @ Best Wishes
Owen @ Tesco Express
Paul @ Hair Retreat
Peter @ Co-operative Food
Prakash @ Warr News

The Volunteers

The Community Organisers, Dot and Sam, for giving our presenters “pitch” training. They really enjoyed it and felt far more confident of their presentations. They all did well on the night.

Steph for yet again taking photos.

And finally a grateful thanks to all those lovely people that pitched in at the end to help us clear up: Deborah, Alison & their girls, Hilary, Carys and anyone one else who we accidentally neglect to mention.

Back: Lynne, Charlie, Angel. Michael, Will, Karin, Nikki & Mandy. Front: Lizzie & Peter.

Thank you all for getting involved!

See the photos.

BrightonSoup
Angel, Charlie, Karin, Lynne, Michael, Nikki, Peter, Scott & Will.

Ladles at the ready!

Well the 3 Chefs are getting their ladles out and preparing for the deliciousness that is BrightonSoup. And yes, there will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices available. The problem will be deciding which ones to eat. Good thing we’re not voting on the soups…

If you’re bringing food to share then bread, cakes and biscuits are faves. They go great with soup and don’t need to be refrigerated. There’s no alcohol served, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

See you there.

Team Soup

Community Organisers Rock!

We want to give a huge thanks to the University of Brighton Students’ Union Community Organisers!

They gave their time yesterday to give our project presenters some valuable presentation training. So that in the little time they have available on the night, they get across the most important part of their projects. All in the hope of convincing you (if you’re attending) to vote for them.

I think they all enjoyed it, we did. And we learnt a few things ourselves that might come in handy. So thanks Dot and Sam, you’re Souperstars! 🙂

It’ll be fun to see how it goes on the night. Or should we say tomorrow.

Team Soup

Get your tickets here.

All our feedback, good and bad, OnRequest.

Just before our next soup event, we thought we’d share the feedback from our last event – good and bad. We wanted to open it up so anyone could add to it. Maybe you didn’t get time on the night. Or you couldn’t make it, but still have something to say.

So we’re trying out a funky new social app called OnRequest that’s being developed right here in Brighton. It’s about ideas instead of people and it can take a little time to get your bearing, but worth the effort, One of the cool things is that as it’s in development you can get a hands on Skype tutorial from the OnRequest team, right here in Brighton. As you use it you can pass suggestions to them that could be added – if they’re good ones :).

If you want to try it our, go to OnRequest.org and use the browser version or download it to your phone. Then search for BrightonSoup @ Portslade and check out all the feedback. And add any ideas of your own. It’s worth trying out.

Hope to see you Friday.

Team Soup

wanjos

September 12, 2015

There’s a little bit about us in today’s Brighton Argus, how great is that. 🙂

Sadly they didn’t mention Tom @ The Soup Dept or Ash and Shona from The Cactus Cafe, but it was a nice piece.

Team Soup

3 Projects still needing Help

Only a week to go until our next soup and we wanted to remind you of 3 great projects from our last soup still needing help. You can donate or pledge a skill – however you can help will be greatly appreciated.Take a look and if you can help then please get in touch with them below.

If you can only help one, then it’s a tough choice. They’re all good projects.


mASCot ~ Knowledge Box Library

mASCot Knowledge Box LibrarymASCot is a parent led support group for families with kids on the Autistic spectrum. They support over 180 families and more weekly. They provide workshops, coffee mornings, talks, training and therapies and are always looking to provide new and necessary support for their families. They’re looking for help and funds to create a Knowledge Box Library for families with books, leaflets, information and aids to help parents and children understand Autism better. Telling your child about Autism is a big worry for many parents and mASCot want to help make this part of their journey easier.

Contact:
Sam Bayley
07943 346 055 / 01273 414 609
info@asc-mascot.com

Links:
Website: asc-mascot.com
Facebook: facebook/ascmascot
Twitter: @mascotsupport


A Helping Hand ~ Training Resources

a-helping-hand

A Helping Hand help support and educate people about nutrition and how it affects the way we feel, or as Shalina says “food & mood”. It’s not simply knowing what to eat to feel good, these discussions are about friendships, self confidence, self esteem, weight concerns and their relationship to food, drugs, alcohol, bullying, peer pressure and difficult home lives. For young people, women experiencing PND, those recovering from drug and alcohol misuse.  These talks are a great way to learn how to take back control of your health, ask questions, and be supported in a safe environment. The funding is to buy and create educational props to improve the learning experience and capture different learning styles.

Contact:
Shalina Sheikh
07990 973 558
info@salubrious-living.co.uk

Links:
Website: www.salubrious-living.co.uk


Mymarc CIC ~ Art Supplies

mymarc

Mymarc run Make Your Mark art workshops for disabled young people in Brighton and Hove. Youngsters up to the age of 25 are given an opportunity to express themselves creatively, experiment and explore printing, painting and sculpture as well as having fun. Mymarc also provide volunteering opportunities for local artists and young people to help the kids find new ways to connect to the world around them. They need funds to buy a projector and art supplies.

Contact:
Sue Winter 07400 963 087
sue.winter@icloud.com

Links:
Website: www.mymarc.weebly.com


Thanks for getting involved.

Team Soup

4 Projects, awesome supporters and busy volunteers

Well the 4 projects for our next Soup have been decided and choosing a favourite is not going to be easy. They are all different, but each is worth the win. So it’s too late now to submit a project for this event, but if you do send something in we will put it in the pot our next Soup.

As last time, all ticket money goes to the winning project and we fund the event ourselves. The food is supplied free by our supporters. Tom at The Soup Dept and Ash & Shona from The Cactus Cafe are returning with more delicious soups. We also have a new Chef, Lizzie, contributing and trust us you won’t be disappointed. And Hilary & Richard are once again supplying some allotment veg for the soups. It (almost) goes without saying that there will be Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free choices.

A big thanks to Owen @ Tesco Hangleton and Peter @ Co-op Portland Rd for helping out. And the local businesses around The Grenadier and Portland Road have been fantastic with contributions for our raffle. We have nights out, meals, tea & cakes and places to take the kids. Something for those that want to look good, And of course, something for those that like a drink. Great prizes for you and we hope to cover our costs. And let’s not forget the free musical entertainment from the very talented acoustic duo Dare To Be Charlie.

Our supporters are awesome and we couldn’t do it without them, but lets not forget our volunteers. Visiting businesses, community centres, handing out leaflets, amassing soup bowls, spoons, making calls, emails, wrestling with excel and dropbox and drinking lots of coffee at Intenso (okay, probably be doing that last one anyway). They will all be very busy on the night. They don’t get paid and they even have to buy a ticket. Yep, we all do. But it’s so worth it.

It looks to be another fun night, hope you can make it.

Team Soup

Get your ticket here 🙂

Return of the Purple People

At our last Soup, Ann from the Purple People Plot won the door money for their garden project. We’re delighted she will be joining us again at our next Soup to tell us all how it’s been going.

In case you weren’t there last time, this project is a spin off from the Purple People Kitchen Food Bank which they hold at the Portslade Town Hall every Friday. The Council allocated them a small plot behind the Town Hall to become a community garden. Ann and her team of volunteers want to make it into a very special place for the people and families that use the food bank.

It’s a great project and won over many fans on the night, so come along to our next Soup on the 18th and hear how it’s been going.

Get a ticket

Team Soup