Monthly Archives: May 2017

BrightonSoup @ One Church 26th May 2017

Our 10th BrightonSoup event, this time at One Church, Florence Road

We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:

Any Other Business Brighton (AOB)

This was a special BrightonSoup event held alongside the Brighton Festival and part of the Any Other Business Brighton week of events reflecting the ‘Everyday Epic’ of Brighton.

Thanks to Sunetta Kiarie and Eugenie Teasly of The Goodall Foundation for inviting us to be part of this great week of events.

Thanks also to AOB Crew member, Chris Llewellyn, for £500 of match funding donated to the projects on behalf of the The CriSeren Foundation.

And thanks to the rest of the AOB Crew for their support.

Jenny Skelton pitched for her Disability Pride Brighton project and won the vote, getting £705.70 in donations for her event.

£505.70 of the winning funds was raised by tickets and donations from guests at the event, and £200 from the CriSeren matched funding.

The £300 balance of the matched funding was split £100 to each of the 3 runners up.


Thank you to Chloe & Rohan from Speak Out who came back to tell us how their film project went since winning at our BrightonSoup @ Community Base event back in December 2016.

As a special treat we were given the chance to debut the film that evening.


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ One Church
Florence Rd

Thank to Ben Szobody, Donna DeKoekkoek & Xavier Armani – also part of the AOB crew – for all their help.

The Projects

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, it’s not an easy task and 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 – Caritas

The Caritas Meal is a monthly Sunday meal for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and those who feel excluded or on the periphery of Society.

We have on average about 60 people coming each month and as well as providing a good quality hot cooked meal  (prepared on site by volunteers – usually 3 courses!) we also give people the opportunity to relax, chat, read a newspaper or just to be quiet.

The Caritas Meal started in 2013 at All Saints Church hall in Hove in  response to the fact that there are few services open on Sunday for those who are homeless, and on the streets Sundays have been referred to as “Suicide Sundays.”

We have a mixed team of over 50 volunteers from the community (some churchgoers and some not, of all faiths and none) who make this happen each month.

Pitching: Lucy McGrath & Sonia Mangan

Caritas Meal
07765 673 176



2 – Disability Pride Brighton (Winner)

I decided to start Disability Pride Brighton because one of my adopted children, Charlie, suffered a traumatic incident of disability discrimination last year during Pride weekend, and the Facebook post I subsequently wrote about it went viral.

I mentioned that we should have a Disability Pride event in Brighton and everyone thought it was a wonderful idea – so then I had to actually do it!.  The event will be in New Road (which will be closed for the day) and it will be a celebration of and for all people with disabilities.

It is the first Disability Pride in the country and will run on the same day as Disability Pride New York, Italy and Switzerland.  In order that people with the most severe disabilities are not excluded from the celebration, we would like to hire a changing places toilet with hoist for the day.

Pitching: Jenny & Charlie Skelton

Jenny Skelton
07973 774 691 Pride Brighton

Twitter: @dpridebrighton

3 – The Dot Collective / Found In Translation

Found In Translation is a theatrical project that actively involves and engages those living with dementia in care centres through one hour storytelling workshops, where the client will be encouraged to share ideas, write poetry and enjoy a theatrical environment.

The ideas will be developed by 2 professional playwrights into a series of short plays and rehearsed to performance standard. These workshops will provide social and mental stimulation for the clients.  The plays will then be performed by professional actors with all the sensory elements of a pop-up theatre, back to the clients with dementia as well as to the general public to raise awareness of the disease.

Pitching: Laura Harling

Laura Harling
07885 456 135



4 – The Nail Project

The Nail Project aims to link two of Brighton’s unique problems: Widespread youth unemployment and a shortage of skilled staff in a growing service industry. On the way, this innovative social project will use service industry skills to focus on the heart of the insecurities common to young people.

A weekly drop in, on a Monday for young people to practice new manicuring skills on friends, family or each other. We have industry professionals ready to offer time to demonstrate their area of expertise, including hand massage and nail art.

We will be affiliated with The Guild of Beauty Therapists, offering certificates in Manicure, enabling entry in to the nail industry.

Collaborating with a number of One Church Brighton projects, including Lifetimes, Chomp, Justlife and The Nurture Network, young people will be encouraged to offer manicures as a form of therapeutic interaction with some of the most isolated people in Brighton and Hove.

Pitching: Mary-Anne Clough

Mary-Anne Clough
07703 385 850




Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 6 delicious soups to all of our guests – all gluten free with vegan/vegetarian options.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

  • Mushroom & Basil Pesto

Lizzie Batten

  • Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern – TRJFP Volunteer

  • Spring Minestrone

Joanna Gray

  • Spicy Bean

Ros Morris

  • Roasted Butternut Squash

Martin Pritchard

  • Spicy Red Pepper

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

Special mentions Ahmed El Dessouki at Papa John’s Pizza Brighton for once again providing big delicious pizzas – 10 of them!

And to the Pro Baristas for providing us all with delicious coffee!




Thank you to the awesome Scandomando for taking time out from gigging to play for us.

Little Al, Big Tone, Baggy and The Kernel gave us a super blast of upbeat punk skiffle covers that got people on their feet.




Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes

These are the local (and some national) businesses that supported us with donations and some amazing raffle prizes. These contributions help us to cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket donations can go to the winner.

We raised £243 so a HUGE thank you!

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The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia Canham, Kris Kristian, Colin Tribe and Sunetta Kiarie for being part of this events project selection team.

Thanks to Lizzie Batten, Sam Redfern for serving soupers and the awesome Olivia Canham and helping out in the kitchen.

Thanks to Richard Boll for doing the photography.

Thanks to all those that helped us clear up, with special mentions to Ros Morris and friend.

And the countless other people that we just rudely neglected to mention, but please forgive us for missing out. Just let us know who they are so we can update the page.

Check out the event photos.

Team Soup

Friday Feasts!

Don’t feel like cooking on Friday? Well #AOBBrighton has you covered, with a whole day of community and food related events on 26th May!

Start the day off right with the Good Business Breakfast at The Platform! A delicious breakfast provided by super chefs at The Big Fig and speciality coffee by the awesome Pro Baristas. And then a great chance to chat with local business leaders and entrepreneurs:
Eugenie Teasley from the Goodall Foundation
Will Jones, Founder/Director of Journeys by Design
Vicki Huges Founder/MD of Fugu PR
Konrad Brits, CEO of Falcon Coffees
Rebecca Harrison from African Mangement Initiative.

Then for lunch, head over to Friday Friends at The Bevy, a weekly event where senior residents of East Brighton are served lunch by a dedicated team of volunteers at the country’s only community pub on an estate. Join them for lunch to see how a community can pull together and brings out the ‘Everyday Epic‘.

There’s an exciting raffle to take part in and you can join a Q&A led by Barbara Gibbons, Founder of Friday Friends, to find out more about what it takes to organise and motivate such community work. Sounds great!

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And finally, head over to One Church to join us for soup! With Scandomando playing, community pitching and lots of different delicious soups to try, it’s sure to be a fab night, ending AOB Brighton week in style!

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

Any Other Events Galore!

It’s an exciting and busy week for us as AOB Brighton starts this weekend, and our Soup is the following Friday! So we thought we’d tell you about a few more AOB events coming up soon…

community base logoOne of our favourite past Soup venues, Community Base, is hosting Act Now Change Tomorrow on 24th May. This event will be a great opportunity for meeting and networking with the great people and organisations working there – with tea and yummy cake too!

Get to hear speakers from different local organisations: Jo Ivens from Impetus, Martin Harris from Brighton & Hove Buses, Ceri Davies from Community Works and Eugenie Teasley from The Goodall Foundation (the inspiration behind AOB Brighton).

So, if you’re interested in getting involved in social action this event would be perfect!

Or do you have questions about apprenticeships, becoming a foster carer, adopting or other issues affecting young people? Then Young People, Parents and Carers Open Evening is the place to be! Pop in to their Regency Road office on Tuesday 23rd and meet staff, volunteers and service users – and get all your questions answered.

And if it’s music you’re into then there’s some awesome #aobBrighton musical events going on too. Open Strings Music’s Silver Strings Group are holding their 4th Birthday Performance at the Brighthelm Centre on 23rd May, with live music – and  the chance to try an instrument!

The musical fun continues with AudioActive on 25th May at The Basement. AudioActive are a local charity who do fantastic work with young people, helping create social change through music. With the chance to listen to performances and then a Q&A session on ‘How Can Music Create Stronger Communities?’, this sounds like a souper mix of music and community!

All of these events are free and you can find all the details and register for them at AOB Eventbrite.

And you can always come hear the brilliant Scandomando play at Soup! It’s not too late to get your tickets to BrightonSoup @ One Church, a fun finish to the AOB Brighton week of events!

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

It’s Scandomando!

We first came across Scandomando way back in 2015, we heard them playing in Brighton and thought they would be a lot of fun to have at BrightonSoup!

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We tried to get them from our very first event, but they’re so busy gigging or we had too small a venue. So we haven’t been able to book them… until now!

So we are delighted to announce that they will be at our #AOBBrighton! Little Al, Big Tone, Baggy and The Kernel have kindly made time for us, and we have a perfect spot for them at One Church.

If you haven’t heard them play, Scandomando are a 4 piece skiffle band with a penchant for country punk interpretations of classic blues and pop covers, ranging from Dylan to the Specials. Full of energy, we can’t wait to hear them play!

Image may contain: 3 peopleFor a sneak peak of their awesome music, check them out on Facebook.

Don’t miss out on tickets for what’s sure to be a souper night filled with fantastic music and tasty food!

See you there

Team Soup


A Fun filled May!

We are all excited for our upcoming Soup at One Church on the 26th May and being part of the Any Other Business week of events, bringing together social and charitable organisations across our city. There’s plenty of fun community events – most of them free – so we thought we’d mention a couple.

Florence Road Farmer’s Market

The AOB week kicks off at 10 am on Saturday 20th May with the Florence Road Farmer’s Market, hosted by our friends at One Church. With a variety of delicious local foods to get stuck into: from fresh, ethical fish to sourdough breads, farm-direct meat and olive oil – as well as street food and speciality coffee.

The market helps build strong local relationships with weekly shoppers that keep the market going, and vulnerable people served by One Church Brighton who work within the market. This sounds right up our street, combining yummy food with community togetherness! A great way to start the AOB week.

Funding and Fundraising

If you’re interested in fund-raising advice, then Funding and Fundraising – hosted by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival – could be perfect for you.

Can you think of one great piece of fundraising advice you’ve been given? Something that has really helped your cause. Or would you like to hear tips from others fundraisers? Well Chris Llewellyn of the CriSeren Foundation and Stephen Chamberlain from the Sussex Community Foundation will be there talking about working with supporters, raising money for the local community and working in partnership.

This sounds like a great event to gain knowledge and share experience in fundraising! Its at the The Basement, Kensington Street from 5pm – 6:30 pm. So come along, get some advice, give some advice and get connected.

For details and tickets to these and other AOB events visit AOB EventBrite. And you can get tickets for ours here.

We hope to see you at some of these wonderful events in May,  and at our next Soup!

Team Soup