For the Brighton Soup team, the year has been a long, steady stream of activity punctuated by feverish last minute sort outs, acrobatic poster hanging and heart-stopping moments of ‘What have we forgotten!!?‘.
Once the last soup bowl is cleaned and put away for the next event, the planning rollercoaster winds up and we are at full tilt yet again.
But like most things in life, it is the spaces in-between that can provide us with the greatest insights and inspiration. That delicious pause that gives us the opportunity to reflect on what can be achieved through collaboration, connection and fun with the people in our communities.
During one moment of pause, we attended a fun day organised by the wonderful Friends of Vale Park where Mike and the local community have come together in order to improve the facilities for their local park. Within a short time, they have shown what is possible when a community comes together to make positive change.
It was a fantastic day and as the name indicates, we really committed to the FUN bit with some rather professional, if random, puppetry. We even met the Mayor of Brighton & Hove. He was incredibly gracious as we flagrantly pinned him with a Brighton Soup badge. What a gent.
Throughout the day, as we were approached by locals strolling through the park, every conversation sparked some new link, some new connection to another community or participation idea. Every other discussion led to ‘Have you thought of…?’ or ‘Have you met with…?’ and ‘Can I put you in contact with ….?’. Our tiny Soup minds were getting blown by the possibilities that came from just one fun afternoon in the (eventual) sun.
Like most things in life, it is the spaces in-between that can provide us with the greatest insights and inspiration.
So like all good Soup makers, we know that a good soup is made from bringing lovely and diverse ingredients together to create something beautiful. We have taken each of those connections, links and ideas and thrown them into our ever-simmering Soup pot, ready for the next event and never forgetting to pause and taste the soup. You never know where it could lead.
You can check out http://www.friendsofvalepark.co.uk or @valeparkfriends