Monthly Archives: December 2016

A Festive BrightonSoup @ Community Base

The nights draw in early in Winter, and we wondered if the damp streets and bitterly cold evenings would put a dampener on our BrightonSoup event at Community Base on the 2nd December.

What were we thinking?! Of course not!! Like happy elves, the BrightonSoup Team were full of cheer and despite the bum-clenching cold we had a packed house. True to form, over 50% of those attending were new-comers, brought by our ever expanding network or increasingly, those that had heard of us through word of mouth.

I can only liken the night to being a little bit Christmas day; bursting with excitement at the start, gorging on soup and good vibes from all the projects, a lot of Christmas cheers (I cleared up the bottles) and then a group clear up before a sit down with a cup of tea. Thank you to all who helped, we couldn’t do it without you.

The challenge, as always, was listening to each of the projects and deciding who to vote for. This time, we had some incredibly creative and engaging pitches from our projects.


Opening for us on the night – and the ultimate winner of the door money and donations of £398 – was the wonderful quiz master Rohan and his colleague Chloe from SPEAKOUT who engaged the audience with their pop quiz and wanted support to create a film with a local film maker to educate people about the issues people with learning disabilities face.

Following Rohan, came Emily from Little Green Pig rhyming to us about THIS IS MY CITY, a ten week project for forty 8-11 year olds from schools in areas of high deprivation, to produce a travel guide about Brighton & Hove for young people.

oxThe Ox Therapy Centre for Children is the brainchild of Denise from Holistic Happiness. Denise wanted support to continue her work with children who have experienced trauma, providing a venue for mindfulness and relaxation courses, providing the right intervention at the right time.

Our final pitch came from the wonderful Gail at Elder Abuse Recovery, a charity that offers support for elderly people who have experienced abuse. EARS wanted support to train more volunteer befrienders.


We were delighted to have the magical Birte Paulsen perform with support from Paul Diello for us on the evening, bringing a little bit of ethereal Nordic melancholy to the evening. You can find out more about Birte on our archive page at the end.

We have to thank Ollie and the team at Community Base for being so supportive and welcoming, allowing us to use the brilliant facilities and even helping with the washing up at the end of the night!

soup-urnHowever, BrightonSoup night is nothing without the soups! And what soups we had! They were so popular, people were coming back for seconds. We had our regular supporters Tom Chadd from the Soup Dept and Sam Redfern who both couldn’t be there but still delivered mouthwatering soups. Matteo and Lizzie yet again blew our minds and we had a newcomer  Joanne from ProgressLab who has been coming to BrightonSoup for a while who made us all very happy with her tasty soup. You can find the details of their delicious soups here.  A huge thank to everyone for bringing bread and food to share, there was so much to go round and the pot luck element of the night just adds to the evening.

We also had a visit from Caroline Lucas MP who we are very grateful to for sparing the time to come and visit us at our BrightonSoup event to experience the love. And the SOUP! caroline

So it just leaves us to let you know that the next event will be St. Georges Hall in Hangleton on Friday 24th February and remember that we are always over subscribed and the tickets sell out fast so get in there quick.

Big Love Souper Stars;

  • To see the full details on the event, who the contributors were and how you can get involved with any of the projects, check out the event archive.
  • You can check out the event photos on our facebook album so get tagging.

See you all soon

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Community Base 2nd Dec 2016

Our 8th BrightonSoup event, this time at Community Base, in the centre of town.

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


Rohan Lowe and Chloe Smith for their Learning Disability Voices Network film project, supported by Dawn Thorpe of Brighton & Hove Speak Out.

They received £398.35 in donations.

We had no returning winner at this event.

community base logoThe Venue

BrightonSoup @ Community Base
113 Queens Road

A big thanks to Olivia Canham and her team for all their help and support.

The Projects

Thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you.

There were 4 projects on the night and they are always looking for extra help and support.

If you can help please get in touch with them directly or use our contact form.

1 – The Learning Disability Voices Network (Winner)

The Learning Disability Voices Network is a project run by Brighton & Hove Speak Out.


They’re a group of people with learning difficulties (PWLD) who aim to connect PWLD across Brighton and Hove and raise their profile and challenge peoples perceptions. They work hard to encourage people with learning disabilities to get involved in democracy so that they can influence the decisions that are being made for them. They will work with a film-maker, co-produce it, learn various film making skills along the way, and release a film about their work, sharing their stories and change attitudes.

Pitching: Rohan Lowe & Chloe Smith15304320_1299888283406652_2983497271017391924_o

Rohan Lowe (and Project Worker Dawn Thorpe)


2 – Little Green PigProject Logo - Little Green Pig

This Is My City is Little Green Pig’s newest project. They are an education charity which provides free writing workshops to some of the most disadvantaged children in Brighton & Hove. It’s a ten-week project for forty 8-11 year olds from areas of high deprivation.

Working alongside professional writers and supported by  volunteers, these children will produce a travel guide about Brighton & Hove, by young people for young people. They need to buy the essential resources to make this project a success, such as stationery, refreshments and bus tickets for participants. 

Pitching: Emily Hogan

Emily Hogan


3 – Ox Therapy Centre

Holistic Happiness has set up the Ox Therapy Centre to continue and develop therapeutic support for children with trauma and their families, using a wide range of approaches such as mindfulness, art and music, holistic therapies and psychotherapy.

They already work with groups for parents, and individual sessions with children, they have also begun to work with adoptive families. They need further funding for development including work with other therapists and finding a secure base for all the support to be offered.

Pitching: Denise Baldock

Denise Baldock



4 – Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS)


The Elder Abuse Recovery Service is a specialist befriending service, supporting elder abuse victims after the abuse has been ended. The need for this service was identified following research which highlighted the lack of support available to these people when ‘cases’ have been closed and help they were receiving may also have to end, as professionals and support workers move on to other clients.

EARS uses volunteers in outreach and telephone support roles to provide personal and practical support to older victims of abuse. Clients will benefit as they regain their confidence and independence and start to re-build their lives. The donations they recieve help fund core costs, which include: volunteers’ expenses for casework, travel, stationery, phones, personal security alarms, on-going EARS training, external courses, attendance at team meetings etc.

Pitching: Gail Shanahan

Gail Shanahan
07508 823975



Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups (with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options) to all of our guests.

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Lentil and Pumpkin

Lizzie Batten
Lamb Scotch Broth

Sam Redfern – TRJFP Volunteer
Mexican Tortilla

Matteo Watkins
Cream of Tomato with Piquillo Peppers

Joanna Gray
Cumin Spiced Carrot and Butternut Squash

Thanks to all our chefs and to everyone that brought food to share.


Thank you to the very talented Birte Paulsen and Paul for entertaining us on the night.



Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. Without these contributions we couldn’t afford to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

So a HUGE thank you!

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The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia Canham and and Caz O’Kane being part of the project selection team.

Thank you Lizzie Batten for once again spending the evening with Peter in the kitchen – and Snapper Sherwin for helping wash up. Thanks also to Lisa Hartley for helping us set up and Steph Shaw for doing the photography. And Jessie for being very helpful. And of course, for all that helped us clear up afterwards.

Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, just let us know so we can update the page.










Check out the event photos here.

Team Soup