For our 16th BrightonSoup event, we returned to our spiritual home, Community Base, in the heart of Brighton.
We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:
113 Queens Road
Thanks to Olivia Canham for letting us be here again.
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
Silvina de Vita pitched and won £415 in donations for her Arts & Crafts Project, helping to bring people together over creative activities.
As always, the other projects are still looking for help and support. If you can help, then please get in touch with them directly (details below) or use our contact form.
1 – Brighton Bricks
Brighton Bricks is an adult fan of Lego group that holds regular events and smaller exhibitions.
In February 2019, they hope to put on a Lego Show at the Brighton Unitarian Church that will display the builds of members, as well as promoting the mental health benefits of the activity through their relationship with community groups.
Pitching: Nick Bright
Contact: Nick Bright
2 – My Papercut Forest – The Arts & Crafts Project (Winner)
Our group meets every other Wednesday morning at The Bevy Pub to do arts & crafts together. Sometimes we bring experts to run classes, other times members of the group lead the classes. The classes are to help stimulate creativity, foster confidence, create friendships and address isolation.We used our first season of classes to explore different types of arts and crafts, one type in each session. This enabled our participants to find out which ones stimulated them the most.
It’s a community group which gets together and makes art and crafts, with an emphasis on enjoyment and togetherness not proficiency in arts and crafts. In doing this we have already helped people avoid isolation, helped people with their mental health problems, and helped people feel more confident in new or forgotten skills, whether that is on the arts and crafts or socialising side of things. We also have seen the satisfaction that comes from sharing knowledge and skills in the group. We include residents from all backgrounds and hopefully the participants will get a sense of belonging and make new friends.
Pitching: Silvina De Vita
3 – My Brighton & Hove Photo Project
MY BRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project is a social enterprise run by volunteers. We provide opportunity for people affected by homelessness to share perspectives, building confidence through photography. In June we gave 100 single-use cameras to individuals with experience of homelessness, 13 photographs were chosen and turned in to a calendar. Our current mission is to sell the calendars (printing was funded by a crowdfunding appeal) and to continue creative opportunities for individuals with experience of homelessness in Brighton and Hove. All proceeds raised from calendar sales go back in to the project.
Pitching: Lucy Groenewoud
Contact: Lucy Groenewoud
Mobile: 07834 338 263
4 – Cross Over Brighton
Crossover Street Kitchen, a registered charity, is a food truck that serves a free hot breakfast for the rough sleeping and vulnerable community in Brighton and Hove. We are the only hot breakfast service over the weekend for this community. We have consistently worked on Morley St every Saturday and Sunday 52 weeks a year for nearly 5 straight years.
Food is primarily sourced from Fareshare, with guests receiving a hot Bacon and Egg sandwich with occasional extras of grilled onions or mushrooms and sometimes cheese. We have hot tea/coffee/hot chocolate and various cereals. On top of that we aim to provide a savoury takeaway such as Higgidy pies or sausage roll and a sweet takeaway such as cake, yoghurt or chocolates.
Pitching: Daniel & Tamara Jackson
Contact: Daniel Jackson
Mobile: 07523 159 869
Music – Jiminy Brooke
A massive thank you to Jiminy Brooke for entertaining us on the evening with a superb set of originals and covers.
Soup and Food
These souper stars provided a delicious menu of 5 tasty soups to all of our guests – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone.
A big thanks to Jim Gray for once again bringing along some of his delicious freshly made bread! And to everyone else that brought food to share.
Decorations, Donations & Raffle Prizes
These are the local people and businesses (and some national) that supported us with some amazing raffle prizes. These contributions often cover the cost of hosting the event so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.
We raised £249 so a HUGE thank you!
- Victoria @ Brighton & Hove Buses
- Graeme & Amanda @ Brighton Lindyhoppers
- All @ British Airways i360
- All @ Franco Manca
- John & Scott @ GBK
- Hugo @ Headmasters Brighton
- All @ Hunter Florist
- Julian @ Intenso Cafe
- All @ Komedia
- Ben @ Laser Zone
- All @ Morrisons
- Faye @ Phase Photography
- Suchitra Chatterjee
- All @ Sky High Trampoline Park
- All @ That Little Teashop In The Lanes
And also a very lovely thank you to Ellie Birch, who donated £300 as part of her Lloyds Bank staff community donation – and helping out out on the night.
A special thanks to:
- Michael Anjos, Michael Keene, Saffron Mawby, David Pritchard and Caz O’Kane for joining our project selection team for this event.
- Lizzie Batten, for again providing lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
- Alex Keene for taking some brilliant photos.
- Our superb volunteers, Sharon Barrow, Clare Finn, Tenzin, Annalise Macbeth and Shelley Brown for coming along to help us set up on the day and hang around to clear up after.
- And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night!
What a souper lovely bunch of people you all are!
Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, and please let us know so we can update the page.
Until next time!