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BrightonSoup ONLINE – Friday 15 October 2021

BrightonSoup

On Friday, for our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the third time.

Since BrightonSoup first started in 2015 we have raised over £24,000 for local community projects, all thanks to you, the audience. So despite some uncertainty when first planning this, our 23rd BrightonSoup, we decided to go ahead with another Zoom event to ensure we could carry on raising money.

The decision paid off with everyone who replied to a quick quiz on Friday night answering that BrightonSoup is “the best feel-good event around – supporting community projects to do their thing in the community”

We had a wonderful mix of projects and a fabulous audience of regulars and newbies. 60% had been to a BrightonSoup before (a quarter were super loyal Soupers who have been to more than 6 before!). But just as brilliantly that meant 40% were brand new!

We know Zoom doesn’t fully recreate the warm and fuzzy interaction of a real-life event, but we do hope to be back in real life with real soup in 2022.

In the meantime read on for how our latest evening went…

The Main Event

We kicked off with a mini quiz whilst everyone was logging in.

Can you guess what soup everyone would be if they were a soup – or what the first recorded soup is, or how much Andy Warhol was paid for his Campbell’s Soup prints? Answers at the bottom.

Then we where all were present and correct we heard from Sue Hunter at The HIV Hour who won the funding at our last event in June. Then onto the pitches for the night:

  • Christian Holder and Jenny Moore from The Hove Public Living Room
  • Katy Wells of Small Acts of Friendship
  • Vannessa Crawford of The Crown Project
  • Rachel Clatworthy of CravenVale Honey Collective

All the projects did a wonderful 4 minute presentation and the audience all joined in quizzing the projects on their pitches before hitting the online voting.

A TikTok soup video followed and then some live music from The Mollies

Most importantly we raised £408.60 from ticket sales and prize fund donations and 100% of Zoom Soupers gave the evening A* or B+.

Rachel from The CravenVale Honey Collective delivered the winning pitch and received £408.60. The funds will enable the project to buy beekeeping suits for local children, engage more local people and develop their hives in north Kemptown further. They will also buy some honey extracting equipment. See below for more details of the project, and details of all the projects who took part in the event.

So a massive thank you to everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways.

Scroll down for details of all the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

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To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winner

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Sue Hunter from The HIV Hour who won in June.


The Projects & Pitchers

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, especially for pitching over zoom, we couldn’t do it without you!

As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form to offer equipment, volunteer or any other support you can.

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AND THE WINNER IS… CRAVENVALE HONEY COLLECTIVE

Pitch 4 – CravenVale Honey Collective 

The CravenVale Honey Collective (CVHC) was founded in 2019 as a direct response to
climate change and the dramatic decline in bees. Presently we have one hive and nine
voluntary community beekeepers within the, densely populated mix of private and council houses, residential area of CravenVale (North Kemptown).

The initiative was to train volunteers, from the local area, into bee keepers. While alongside facilitate an educational community study group, during the winter months, for self directed learning. To plant and maintain bee friendly plants and herbs all around the estate, alongside facilitating educational children’s workshops on the habitats of bees and pollinators.

The project has been running for 2 years now but due to COVID we were only able to
receive our bees in April, so have enjoyed one summer of extreme beekeeping.

Watch the pitch

Contact: Rachel Clatworthy

Email: rachelclatworthy@gmail.com

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THE RUNNERS UP….

Pitch 1 – Hove Public Living Room

Stay Up late and Hove Methodists Community hub are setting up a Public Living Room.  

A Public Living Room is a non-agenda space where the community can come together to celebrate diversity, meet others and make friendships with purpose.  

We have a small core group of People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism who are running the Living Room and working with local people to develop the project. 

Watch the pitch

Contacts: Christian Holder, Jenny Moore

Email: jenny@stayuplate.org 

Website: stayuplate.org

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Pitch 2 – Small Acts of Friendship

Small Acts of Friendship is a project launched by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in 2017 in partnership with the Elderly Care team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. It is a programme of activities, ranging from hairdressing to music and poetry groups provided by both professionals and volunteers. These activities help patients keep a sense of dignity as well as physical and mental well-being in hospital, which means they are likely to recover more quickly and transition back to independence at home more easily.

Every Christmas we arrange for gifts to be taken to elderly patients who will be spending Christmas in hospital and we would like to extend this to the Respiratory Wards where there are also many younger patients.

Watch the pitch

Contact: Katy Wells

Email: katywells@brightonhospitalfriends.org.uk 

Website: brightonhospitalfriends.org.uk 

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Pitch 3 – The Crown Project 

The BMEYPP aims to empower young people of colour from Black and Asian Minoritised communities aged 11 to 25. We provide safe spaces where young people can access information, support and advice through informal educational activities with youth workers and other positive role models.  

The Crown Project provides a space where young womxn share experiences of Black Hair Discrimination wherever it occurs. Youth workers use developmental group work arts activities and invite guest speakers which enable young people to discuss how to cope with and challenge these incidents. 

Working with local hair dressers, young people also learn about how to care for their beautiful black hair, and make their own  natural hair care products.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Vannessa Crawford

Email: info@bmeypp.org.uk

Phone: 07918 621423  

Website: facebook.com/bmeypp 

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Contributors

Music – Simon Leonard

A brilliant set from Simon Leonard and Corrine of The Mollies kept us all entertained after the pitches. There was much movement evident on all the zoom screens as everyone enjoyed the music whilst ruminating on their votes.


Soup

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Sam Redfern illustrated by Darren Menezes.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipe below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just isn’t possible online (yet!).

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

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The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Denise Morton, Olivia Canham and Jennifer Tulloch for joining the project selection committee.
  • Sam Redfern for creating the soup and getting us to go all TikTok!
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup recipe.
  • Sue Hunter at The HIV Hour for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Simon Leonard and Corinne for the brilliant music.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

Quiz Answers

What was the most popular soup that people would be if they were a soup?

37 % Leek and Potato
33% Mexican Bean
25% Chicken Noodle

What is believed to be the first kind of soup dating back to 6,000 BC?

Hippo

How much was Andy Warhol paid for his 32 Campbell’s Soup screen prints?

$1,000

BrightonSoup ONLINE – Thursday 17th June 2021

For our latest BrightonSoup event we went online for the second time.

The success and feedback from our first online Soup in March meant we decided to go online again, rather than wait longer for a real life Soup. Even though many are now hitting ‘peak Zoom’ a Zoom Soup is way better than most video meetings :), and we had a lovely turnout for a June evening.

We raised £445.75 from ticket sales and prize fund donations and 100% of Zoom Soupers gave the evening 4 or 5 stars. We had some people brand new to BrightonSoup as well as some who have been at every Soup since our very first one. So a really wonderful mix of people all contributing and quizzing the projects on their pitches before hitting the online voting.

Sue Hunter from The HIV Hour delivered the winning pitch and received £445.75 which will enable Sue and the team of volunteers to rent studio space so they can continue with their weekly broadcast on Radio Reverb.

So a massive thank you to everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways, we will be holding another Soup soon!

Meanwhile, read on for details of all the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

Donate Button

To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winner

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Jacob Berkson of Thousand 4 £1000 who won in March for his project Broadband for Asylum Seekers.


The Projects & Pitchers

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, especially for pitching over zoom, we couldn’t do it without you!

Read on for info and contact details of all the projects. You can also rewatch all the pitches. As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form.

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AND THE WINNER IS… The HIV Hour

THE UK’s ONLY RADIO SHOW ABOUT HIV SINCE 2016 

A unique Community Radio Show run by volunteers who are HIV themselves. 

The show is for people living with or affected by HIV. Sue, Josh, Tony and Stephen deliver a vital service to the local community and further afield. 

Being a great resource for information and the promotion of local HIV organisations  and charities also tackling stigma and giving essential support for people living with HIV. We encourage listeners to talk about their own experiences to help with isolation and prejudice.  Keeping listeners updated on the latest HIV treatment advancements. 

Watch the pitch

Contacts: Sue Hunter, Josh Sharples

Email: The HIV Hour 

Website: radioreverb.com/shows/hiv-hour

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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Class for Women

A weekly trauma informed yoga class for all who identify as women. A safe  space and supportive yoga class run on a donations basis at Brighton Natural Health Centre.   

Sarah is a 500 + hour certified yoga teacher and senior teacher with the Vajrasati yoga school in Brighton.  She has completed a Trauma Sensitive teaching course and is qualified to teach in high security environments after completing training with the Prison Phoenix Trust. She has taught people from all different backgrounds and abilities. Before teaching full time Sarah was a support worker for many years, helping people with complex support needs. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Sarah Pailthorpe

Email: sarah@yogadojo.co.uk 

Website: yogadojo.co.uk 

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Being of Sound Health 

Being of Sound Health is a holistic intervention for schools that uses the therapeutic sound of singing bowls, gong, percussion, and voice, alongside breath and body movements.  It is particularly useful for children with Special Educational Needs as it is sensory based.   

Using sound therapeutically is very calming to the automatic nervous system, lowering cortisol levels and slowing the heart rate. The harmonics of the Himalayan bowls, the steady rhythm of a drum, and singing gentle, repetitive songs, has the ability to lower brain wave activity and synchronise the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The resulting harmonizing of the body’s energy system allows for increased focus, creativity, and emotional connection and regulation, reduced anxiety, and a softening of tension in the body – following the same response meditators experience. Sound Meditation is particularly beneficial for people with SEN as they receive the benefits of meditating without the need for following instructions. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Joanna McEwen

Email: joanna@beingofsoundhealth.co.uk 

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Flock Theatre Makers – There’s a Tiger In The Garden: Theatre For Children and Families 

This Summer, Flock Theatre presents THERE’S A TIGER IN THE GARDEN, a theatrical adaptation of Lizzy Stewart’s prizewinning Children’s Book for young audiences on the Sussex coast. Created by four Brighton theatre-makers, the work is targeted at families and children age 3-8 who, for the past year, have had no access to the creative events typical of the early years landscape. The performance aims to benefit families by providing playful and safe ways to engage in high quality artistic activity and bond beyond the stress of the pandemic. We are actively targeting families who may experience marginalisation providing free tickets to shows in their community. Using puppetry, imaginative design and music – audiences will be invited to join Nora to discover dragonflies as big as her head, plants that can eat you (and your toy giraffe) whole, a polar bear that likes fishing and maybe, just possibly, a tiger in the garden.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Freya Wynn-Jones

Email: flocktheatremakers@gmail.com

Website: freyawynnjones.co.uk/flocktheatremakers

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Contributors

Music – Phil Wake

A brilliant set from Phil Wake kept us all entertained after the pitches and gave the added benefit of a proper professional drum roll for announcing the winner. Thanks Phil for playing to a laptop full of faces rather than a room full of people.


Soup & Bread

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Tom Chadd and a flat bread recipe from Simon Cobb, both illustrated by Darren Menezes.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipes below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just isn’t possible online (yet!).

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

Donate Button

The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Lynne Lester-George, Ellie Birch, Tom Chadd and Simon Cobb for being the project selection committee.
  • Tom Chadd for creating the soup and self filming in the confines of his Soup Department van!
  • Simon Cobb of The Stoneham Bakehouse for his easy flat bread recipe.
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup and bread recipes.
  • Jacob Berkson at Thousand 4 £1000 for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Phil Wake for the brilliant music, and live drum roll.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

BrightonSoup ONLINE – Friday 05th March 2021

For our 21st BrightonSoup event we went online for the very first time.

Our last in-person Soup was in December 2019, and the pandemic meant we could not hold a Soup for the whole of 2020. However, we had heard that some fellow Soups (there are many across the UK and internationally) had held online versions of a Soup evening, so we thought we would give it a go…

Team Soup embarked on getting to know how Zoom worked for large groups and seeing how we could recreate as much of one of our evenings as possible. We couldn’t do it all – but on Friday 05th March a quite nervous Team Soup went live with over 100 people joining us to hear four fantastic pitches, see some soup being made and listen to live music.

Zoom can never recreate the same feeling of being together, but we raised a record amount (over £550) and 95% of everyone who attended said the evening was fabulous or good! So a massive thank you everyone who bought tickets, pitched and helped in numerous ways, we will be holding another virtual Soup soon!

Meanwhile, read on for details of the pitches, and watch the videos if you missed them. You can also donate to BrightonSoup or any of the projects using the Donate button below.

Donate Button

To keep in touch and hear about the next events you can join our mailing list.


Previous Winners

To set the scene and show how previous winners of BrightonSoup funding have used the money and support from Soupers, we heard from Chris de Banks of We are Not Saints.

Established in 2018, We Are Not Saints is a platform for musicians in recovery from addiction, to re-discover their creativity and find their way to be active in music, without having to face the dangers presented to them in conventional music scenes.

Chris shared his story and what has happened since he won the Soup funding in 2019.


The Projects & Pitchers

A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, especially for pitching over zoom, we couldn’t do it without you!

Jacob Berkson delivered a passionate pitch and won £551.88 in donations for the Broadband for Asylum Seekers project to provide much needed broadband in houses in Brighton used to accommodate asylum seekers.

Read on for info and contact details of all the projects. As always, these projects are still looking for support. Not just money, but time, equipment and hands on help. If you can assist in any way, then please get in touch with them directly (details below), donate via Paypal or use our contact form.

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THE WINNER – Broadband for Asylum Seekers 

We are a small local charity, seeking funds to provide broadband for the rented houses used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers in Brighton & Hove. Until recently, there were no asylum seekers placed here, but at the end of 2019, four rented houses were set up, shared by 29 people. We hear that there will soon be seven more houses, bringing the number of people placed here to around 70. Without internet access, it is very difficult for people to contact their lawyers, friends, family, or anyone they need to talk to. As one of the residents put it, “all my life is online and I can’t afford credit. The little money [£37.50/week] only buys food”. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Jacob Berkson

Email: admin@thousand4thousand.org.uk

Website: thousand4thousand.org.uk 

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Hear the humour, passions and creativity of learning disabled people. 

In 2021 the show will feature sci-fi radio dramas by learning disabled writers, trips to imaginary sound forest Foley Woods, and surreal, funny and hard-hitting work from our poets.  At a challenging time for society, Carousel Radio will introduce and reconnect audiences, artists and communities through the sharing of diverse voices and stories. 

Carousel Radio challenges prejudices which lead to bullying, discrimination and inequality. To support Carousel Radio is to stand up for a fairer world, where society treats disabled people as equals.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Dave Lavis

Email: dave.lavis@carousel.org.uk 

Website: carousel.org.uk 

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Survivors’ Network Homeopathy Project 

This project delivers homeopathic treatment to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. The project has been running at Survivors’ Network, the rape crisis centre for Sussex, since 2018. There are 3 x three hour clinics with nine to 10 consultations a month. All appointments have continued throughout the lockdowns and currently take place online. It is a donation only project therefore it is accessible to people who many not usually be able to afford treatment or who need long term treatment. Homeopathy is used to support survivors through various mental, emotional and physical health issues that are caused or triggered by their abuse.  The types of ailments that people want help with range from insomnia & panic attacks to fibromyalgia & ME. 

Watch the pitch

Contact: Tara Lavelle

Email: homeopathyinthesussexcommunity@hotmail.com 

Website: homeopathysussex.org.uk 

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Making in the City

Making in The City is a 12-week art project partnering with Antifreeze, a Brighton based homeless charity. The project will explore new ways to make art more accessible and to support homeless people through creativity. The project will focus on making art in small groups, in environments chosen with the participants. This will allow an opportunity to give the participants a voice to collaborate, design and create a bespoke project, a chance to discover and experiment with creative ideas, whilst being supported in a safer space.  

Watch the pitch

Contact: Lucy Mytton 

Email: lmytton@hotmail.com 

Website: lucymytton.wordpress.com

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Contributors

Music – HUNI

The wonderful HUNI, who all live together, were able to perform live from their front room, even with a slightly shaky broadband, and keep us all wonderfully entertained whilst the voting took place.

You can hear more of HUNI here and here


Soup

We normally have a choice of soups to choose on the night, but as we can’t dispense soup over the internet we sent out a delicious Soup recipe from Joe Gray, and illustrated by Darren Menezes.

It was great to see many people tucking in, as is tradition, whilst the voting was taking place.

You can watch the video again or just download the recipe below.


Raffle Donations

We normally have a raffle on the evening, which helps raise money for the running of BrightonSoup, but that just wasn’t technically possible on this occasion.

So if you would like to support us direct to help ensure we can have real-life Soups in the future you can donate to us here

Donate Button

The money raised would helps us cover the cost of hosting our events so that all the ticket income and donations can go to the winner.


Volunteers

A big thanks to: 

  • Olivia Canham, Theresa Gomersall, Jes Bailey, Joe Gray, Nicola Keene for being the project selection committee.
  • Joe Gray for creating the soup and managing to video it in lockdown!
  • Darren Menezes for illustrating the soup recipe.
  • Jes Bailey for doing a brilliant live tweet along.
  • Chris de Banks at We Are Not Saints for sharing the impact of winning Soup funding.
  • Charlie and HUNI for the fab music, sound checks and moving equipment closer to the router.
  • Caroline and the team at Bradford Soup and Louisa at Liverpool Soup for advice and inspiration to help us go online.
  • Everyone else who helped, with technical set up, advice and moral support!

Forgive us if we missed anyone out. Just let us know so we can update the page.

Team Soup

Brighton Soup Online

Virtual Brighton Soup 2021

It has been a while since our last blog, and sadly even longer since our last Soup. 2020 has meant we haven’t been able to hold our spring, summer or, even worse, our favourite Christmas Soup.

However, inspired by some fellow Soupers in different parts of the country, the Brighton Soup team are working on plans to hold a virtual Soup in March 2021.

We can’t all be in the same room but we are aiming to recreate the spirit and fun of a real life Brighton Soup online.

You will be able to buy a ticket and then access the virtual Soup live via Zoom on the night.

There will be:

  • Four projects doing short pitches via Zoom, with time for questions
  • A soup making demo with a delicious recipe so you can make it at home and eat along
  • A musical interlude
  • Online voting for your favourite project

So, we hope to see you for Soup on Zoom in March. Tickets will be on sale in the New Year, so watch this space.

If you are an organisation who would like to apply to pitch at our very first Virtual Soup, you can do so here.