Monthly Archives: April 2017

Off Campus, on Florence Road & AOB Brighton

Well it’s been an interesting week.

We were sad to have to cancel Friday’s BrightonSoup @ Sussex SU event. Shame as it was a first collaboration between us and Sussex University Students’ Union. We’re still hopeful though, so watch this space. Not literally, that would be silly, we’ll just put another post up!

We do have some good news this week though: we’ve finally booked our next event and it will be at One Church, Florence Road on Friday 26th May. Yay!

It falls during the Brighton Festival and some great local organisations are hosting a week of special events under the banner AOB Brighton. Their idea is to showcase the work of charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public sector in our lovely city. And they invited us to close the week with our event. How souper cool is that 🙂

The festival theme is Everyday Epic and AOB Brighton want to show the epic character of social good this city has, but very few know about. There are some well loved groups involved: Community Base, The Bevy, One Church, The Platform and Brighton Bike Hub to name a few – so we’re delighted to be in that company. Check out AOB Brighton for the full list and see what events are on – most of them are free. And don’t forget to come along to ours too!

See you at Soup.

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Sussex SU – Event Cancelled

We’re really sorry to have to announce that the BrightonSoup @ Sussex SU event this Friday 21st April is cancelled. We hadn’t properly considered the impact of the event being held out of term and so close to Easter. A lot of soupers and students that expressed interest couldn’t attend, including some of the students wanting to pitch.

It’s a shame we couldn’t make it happen as it was a first collaboration between BrightonSoup and Sussex Students’ Union. We’re still hopeful that we can bring you another student focussed event in the future. In the meantime, those of you that bought tickets will be automatically refunded and we will be contacting you directly. We aim to announce our next event shortly and hope that can make it up to you all.

Sorry and thanks.

Team Soup & Sussex University Students’ Union

Souper times – what a year ! Reflections of a Business Connector

This last year we’ve had the pleasure of working with Mike Wardill, our local Business Connector with Business in the Community. Mike’s been a great soup supporter helping us and introducing us to some lovely  people in our city. His secondment is over so we invited him to tell us about his year:

“My year is nearly up as a Business Connector with BITC and so very different from my role in my seconding organisation Lloyds Banking Group.  

I have met some truly great people over the past year and a common theme amongst those people is a passion for the community and getting things done ! Will and Karin are two such people who I met early on in my year after I saw posters around Kemp Town for BrightonSoup at St Georges.

Caz O’Kane introduced me (a long time supporter with kids in tow at all of the Soups !) and was taken with the great concept to come out of Detroit USA. How simple it is and makes such a difference…

In this role I have met lots of people from both the business and the community world and during the course of my secondment when an opportunity came up; I connected these organisations, business to business, business to community and community to community. ‘How can I help ?’ I asked Will and KarIn.

‘We would love to have a Soup over in Moulsecoomb, a part of the City we haven’t been to yet’ they said. And so we took it to The Bridge…

The lovely Sam Courtney at The Bridge Community Centre kindly agreed to host Soup 7 and last September a great night was had by all – both soup and pitches. How you chose the winner from all the great stories but the winner was – The Hummingbird Project helping local people to adopt migrant children from Calais.

Soup 8 at Community Base in Brighton was another great evening and brilliant to spend some time with Caroline Lucas, another Soup fan. Great soup, great pitches, great music from Birte Paulsen & Paul Diello, and the winners were Rohan and Chloe from SPEAKOUT with their pop quiz on the issues people with learning disabilities face.


It was fun to sit on the pitch selection committee for Soup 9 recently – what a difficult job that was. Lots of discussion – only wish we could get them all on ! Am sure it will be another great evening!

Been great to spread the word around the BITC Connector teams across the country which has inspired and got some other Soups started. The Soup is spilt and  word spreads…

So now I am hooked on Soup ! The journey is not over…

Look forward to many more Soups.”

Mike Wardill

Thanks, Mike, we’ll miss you!


Soup & Students

Last year one of our guests, Sarah Gibbons, asked us about doing a special BrightonSoup event at the Student’s Union at Sussex University. It was something we’d been thinking of and so jumped at the opportunity. We asked Sarah if she would talk about why this was important to her:

“My first Brighton Soup event was in February of 2016 at Community Base. A colleague of mine from Sussex University Student’s Union had told me about this wonderful community event and invited me to come along with her. I had a great evening and loved being part of an event that was bringing people together and making great things happen. The soup was delicious too!

Brighton Soup is a brilliant example of the power of communities and I always leave the events with a warm glow and a love of Brighton and all the people in it.

As Society and Citizenship Officer at the Students’ Union at Sussex University I am elected in order to represent students in matters relating to active citizenship, community engagement as well as ethical and environmental action. Approximately 15% of the community in Brighton are full-time students and we have a voice and a part to play in our community. The Students’ Union believes that the relationship between students and the community should be one of mutual respect, cooperation and learning, and students should be empowered to lead on activities to work with community partners to bring about positive change.

The idea of hosting a Brighton Soup on campus, with students pitching their ideas seemed a perfect way of bringing students and the local community together, especially as these two groups can often seem quite disjointed. As a students’ union our role is to facilitate opportunities and activities for students to represent themselves and participate in their community. By hosting this event we hope to be able to support students in their ideas and help them make Brighton and Hove a great place to live.

We’re hoping that this event will give students the platform to pitch their ideas as well as giving them the support from the SU to make their ideas happen. We believe students should feel themselves to be and to be seen by others as part of the community. We hope that it will provide an opportunity for students and residents to come together, learn from each other and build new relationships.

Thank you to Brighton Soup for these wonderful events and I can’t wait to see what comes from this special edition!”

Sarah Gibbons
Society and Citizenship Officer

You can find out details of the special event here.

And you can get more info on students in our city here:
Brighton and Hove Connected (2016). Brighton & Hove City Snapshot