It’s All About the Connection – Interview with Nicola Allen

Hello Soupa peeps! 

At the last Soup night at St. Luke’s, I got chatting with Nicola who’s one of our soup regulars. I discovered that she’s now a public face of Action of Elder Abuse, having a photo of herself as part of Rejuvenation, a photography exhibition at Brighton Station. I went to find out more.

Tell me a bit about yourself. I can hear the accent.  

I live in Kemptown now but I’m actually from Manchester. I left there when I was 16, then I went travel and work around the world before settling down in Brighton. I’ve done all kinds of works. I’ve even been on the stage at the Theatre Royal! 

That must have been quite an amazing experience! How did you come across BrightonSoup?

A couple years ago, I’ve seen an advert in the newsagent’s window. It said “Do you like soup? Do you like people? Well, come to Brighton Soup!” And I like trying lots of different things. I thought I would just come see what it’s about. I’ve been to at least 6 BrightonSoups since. Each time I’ve brought loads of people with me. It’s cheap. it’s a great night out.

And The raffle prizes are worth going for alone! 

Didn’t your friend win a raffle prize from one of our regular chefs – a private dining experience?

Yes she did! The chef was Sam Redfern, who turned up and served 5 of us three courses dinner. We explained to him that we only had a tiny kitchen. So he said he would cook it at home and bring it to the house. He brought it all in tupperware,. Then he came to collect it after we finished. It was such a fantastic prize!

 What prompted you to get involved with the Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS)?

I went to BrightonSoup one night and this lady was doing a wonderful pitch. It was for a charity that was developing and piloting in Brighton. I wanted to find a charity that I could, hopefully make a difference and help it grow. Also I was drawn to a charity that helps the older generation. I think the elderly are amazing, but they’re brushed aside. 

What’s your role there and how has the experience has been for you?

I’m a Befriender. I take someone who has been financially abused out. And I integrate them back into the society. I give up my time to reach out to people who live quite far out like Eastbourne. It isn’t one-sided. When I started, I didn’t realise how much I’d get out of it. It’s making me view things completely different.  I have gained so much by sourcing out places to take people to. Salvation Army has brilliant activities, even provides a pick-up service. It  has given me a font of a knowledge. And I has met some truly amazing people – there was an old lady who was blind. She was 80 and a rug maker!

You’re also involved with the Rejuvenation community project, how did that happen?

It is part of an Older People’s Festival. The poster at the station is about people who are over 50 and their volunteer work. I wanted to raise the publicity for EARS and their works. We desperately need more volunteers. 

Before I let you go, can you describe BrightonSoup in 3 words?

Souptastic. Community. Inspire.

Well described, Nicola!

Well big thank you to Nicola for taking the time to speak to us, and I have to say I’m completely in awe of how passionate and dedicated she is in her volunteering role.

If you want to find out more about the groups she’s involved with check out Action of Elder Abuse, their Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS). Or contact Gail Shanahan directly on 07508 823 975 or gailshanahan@elderabuse.org.uk. Gail is their Volunteer Co-ordinator and the lady doing the wonderful pitch that inspired Nicola to get involved.

As an aside, if you check our event post A Festive BrightonSoup @ Community Base from last December you’ll see Nicola and friends all dressed up for Christmas!

You can also see more about the Rejuvenation photography exhibition at Brighton Station.

That’s all for now. I hope you to see you at our next soup @ Community Base on Dec 8th. Hope you can make it.

Tammy
(Tom Khai Kai)

A Tale of Two Projects

If you came along to our soup @ St Luke’s last week, then you know we had a good night. It was our first time at St Luke’s and Reverend Martin Poole made us feel very welcome. It was a shame the building work delays meant we didn’t get to use the fancy new ramped entrance and disabled toilets, but that didn’t stop us enjoying  the space. We weren’t sure that was going to be the case earlier in the day though.

A few hours before doors open we had two of our pitchers cancel. We do get cancellations, which is why we have a reserve arrangement: a 5th pitcher stands by and if they don’t get to pitch on the night (everyone turns up), then they get a guaranteed spot next time. Sadly this time the reserve couldn’t make it either. WIth a couple of days notice we could have arranged something (as we have in the past) , but with only hours left we had no choice but to go ahead with just two.

We were worried that the limited selection would make it less enjoyable for the attendees, but we needn’t have. They still had two great projects to choose from and everything else was the same: the delicious and plentiful food, the buzz and clatter of eating and conversation, the super raffle prizes, the awesome musical entertainment and of course the delightful company. We think it went really well. So did you, judging by the feedback!

“I love how people connected in the room. We all shared one thing in common at the event; we turned up because we want something good to happen in our community. And it’s wonderfully uplifting!”

The positive community feel of how people can connect across this city happened before the doors opened. We had a call from the guys at Laing O’Rourke – the builders working up at the Royal Sussex – who had just finished a Macmillan coffee morningwith the NHS staff. They raised £700 – and could not eat another cake. Would we like them for our guests? How fantastic was that!

So a lot happened before we even started…

First up to pitch was Stephanie Lake pitching for the Brighton Women’s Centre who need computer equipment for their peer support drop-in groups. Then was Jon Bebb from Turning The Tide pitching for funds for their TREASURE project, to help take struggling families on uplifting weekend breaks. The one benefit to having two pitchers was they each got a little more time during the Q&A bit.

 

How many different ways can we thank the awesome chefs that give us our tasty selection? Once again Tom, Sam, Lizzie, Jo and our very own Martin delivered souper deliciousness. Tom couldnt make it (gigging in France again), but everyone else was there. Some of them may even have served you some soup – I hope you were on your best behaviour :).

So feasted, it was time to close the voting and whilst we counted votes and door money we had our raffle and entertainment. So a huge thanks to all of our contributors for giving us some great prizes: everything from more food and drink, clothes and pampering, stuff for the kids and some fun days out including a ride on the Brighton Zipwire and the i360! A special thanks to Tracy from Tesco who also came along to help out! You can get full details of everyone here. Thanks to them and all of our guests we raised £197.30 to help cover our costs. Thank you very much.

So raffle out the way, one of the highlight of the evening had to be Shauna Pentony‘s performance, a mix of original songs and covers on guitar, all delivered with her angelic and soulfull voice. Despite losing her voice earlier in the day, she still went on and absolutely delivered. Her quiet heartfelt song about her sister “Call My Name” and the closing rendition of Valerie are faves of ours. You can watch video here in case you missed it or want to enjoy it  again.

So just before we announced the evenings winner we had a quick update from last soup’s winner, Jenny Skelton and her daughter Charlie. The first ever Disability Pride Brighton event went perfectly and to say thanks to BrightonSoupers for the funding they received. The money was used to hire a Changing Places toilet which enabled people with the most severe disabilities to attend. They didn’t want to exclude anyone and your funding ensured they didn’t. The toilet hiring company said they had one of the busiest days they had ever had, which is a testament to the inclusive nature of the event.

So, then it was time to annouce who soupers had voted for this evening. A lot of people had a difficult choice, but in the end it was Stephanie who won the funds for her the Brighton Women’s Centre drop in suite computers. We saw a lot of people talking to both our projects on the night so we’re hoping they all got some much needed support. As ever, we’ll keep you posted.

So then thank you’s and clean up time, and it went a treat this time. For the first time we closed the kitchen to hot food/drinks after the voting and it gave us more time to clean up and we got to leave early.

And the cakes from the hospital? They went down a treat, but we still didn’t finish them, all. So at the end of the evening we added them to our food that we donated to the Stopover Team @ Impact Initiatives. They were expecting soup, bread and maybe some biscuits – they got a lot of cakes too :).

“One of the many thing I love about soup is how people just talk to each other. Love that the tables seat eight so people will sit with others whom they have never met before, and make connections they otherwise wouldn’t”

You can check out the event photos. Or get the full details on the pitchers, chefs, musician and contributors that supported us at BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s 29th September 2017

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s 29th September 2017

Our 11th BrightonSoup event, this time at St Luke’s Church, Old Shoreham Road.Road

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


 

Stefanie pitched for the Brighton Women’s Centre and won the vote receiving £383.30 in donations to get some replacement computers for they drop in suite.

 

 

 

 

Jenny, Charlie & James came back to tell us how their Disability Pride Brighton event went, and how the money they won at our last event helped severealy disabled user enjoy the day.


The Venue

BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s
64 Old Shoreham Road
Brighton
BN1 5DD

Thank you to to Reverend Martin Poole for all his 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!

Sadly two projects and a reserve dropped out on the day, so there were only 2 pitches on the night. As always, 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 – Brighton Women’s Centre (Winner)

At Brighton Women’s Centre we run two weekly peer support drop-in groups. Women from all backgrounds come to meet, get support, to reduce isolation and access essential resources. Our drop in groups are part of a package of wrap around support that BWC provides for women across Sussex.

For many of the women who use our services it is important to be able to access a computer, as they may have limited access to technology at home. We currently have two computers available for women to use, but they are old and prohibitively slow. With £500 we could afford to buy a high quality, fully equipped desktop PC.

A new computer would mean that volunteers and service users could work together to research information and support, without the constant frustration of IT problems and painfully slow connections. The money will help women in the local community who don’t have access to a computer or the internet, to access technology in a safe space, with the support of our volunteers.

Pitching: Stephanie Lake

Contact:
Stephanie Lake
01273 698 036
events@womenscentre.org.uk

website: womenscentre.org.uk

facebook: facebook/brightonwomenscentre

twitter: @BTNwomenscentre


2 – Turning The Tide ~ TREASURE

My wife Beccy and I have been working with children, young people and families for over 25 years. We set up our registered charity, ‘Turning the Tide’, 12 years ago. We work mainly in the Brighton and Hove area.

Our project called ‘TREASURE’, which we started in 2012, aims to build and strengthen community locally, through supporting young families, especially:

  • Those with children of primary school age
  • The vulnerable and the poor, including refugees
  • Single parents and their children
  • Those who never get to take a holiday

Often working with those in significant need, we aim to strengthen family relationships, build confidence and raise self-esteem by arranging ‘Weekends Away’ with appropriate activities in a rural family centre in West Sussex.

Between events we seek to provide pastoral support – the time we can give to these families is such a valuable commodity!

Pitching: Jon & Beccy

Contact:
Jon Bebb
07768 934 974
jon@turning-the-tide.com

website: turning-the-tide.com

Twitter: @turning-tide


Contributors

Soup & Food

These souper-stars provided 5 delicious soups to all of our guests – fish, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone.

Tom Chadd @ The Soup Dept

  • Thai Curried Red Lentil

Lizzie Batten

  • Clam Chowder

Sam Redfern 

  • Spinach and Potato

Joanna Gray

  • Home Grown Courgette, Potato and Celery

Martin Pritchard

  • Moroccan Harira

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

A special thanks to all the NHS staff at The Royal Sussex and the builders from Laing O’Rourke who very kindly donated a huge stash of leftover cakes from the McMillan Coffee Morning.

All the


Music

Musical entertainment provided by the awesome Shauna Pentony!

ShaunaPentonyMusic

 

 

 

 

 


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 £184.90 so a HUGE thank you!

A special thanks to Tracy Colburn from Tesco also joined us on the night to help out.

 The Volunteers

Thanks to Olivia Canham, Caz O’Kane, Lizzie Batten and Ken George for being part of this events project selection team.

Thanks to Lizzie Batten and Sam Redfern for once again supplying food and then spending the evening serving soupers. And of course all the awesome people that dropped in and helped out in the kitchen.

A HUGE thanks to all those that helped us clear up, it was the fastest yet!

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

 

Shauna Pentony!

Well we’re running on a skeleton crew at the moment so not much in the way of posts and mailshots lately, but we do have a some cool news to share:

We’re very pleased to announce that the very talented Shauna Pentony will be performing at our upcoming BrightonSoup @ St Luke’s on the 29th.

Shauna is a 20 year old singer/songwriter with an angelic, captivating voice. Originally from Northern Ireland, she’s been living in Brighton for a couple of years studying English literature and creative writing and is just about to start a degree course at the Brighton BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institute).

In her own words: “I have always had a keen interest in music from when I was a young age and so played the violin for just over 10 years. I began playing the guitar aged 15 and started writing my own songs not long after. I have loved every moment since and getting the opportunity to support something as amazing as Brighton SOUP and getting to perform some original songs and covers is amazing! So I hope everyone enjoys and I can’t wait to see everyone there!!”

Shauna is being nice about us, but then she’s been a guest at our soup events – so she knows. And when I say guest, I mean she helped move tables, put up signs and be useful. So it’s a special treat for us as having her play.

If you’re already coming along on the 29th you can catch her performance on the night, if you’re not then get a ticket :).

In the meantime you can learn more about Shauna at ShaunaPentonyMusic.

We’re really looking forward to next week!

Team Soup

View from the Galley Kitchen

If you’ve been to soup before, then you know the grub is delicious. You might even chatted with Peter, our boss of all things kitchen. We asked him about his view of our events:

I’m Peter (the kitchen) and I got caught by the press gang. Not for the first time! My last job started with a few beers followed by 2 months floating about in the North Sea. After 10 years of that kind of thing I managed to scrabble back to shore. Then I got involved with BrightonSoup. OK, at least this time “the gang” were my friends.

I’ve come to love Soup. It’s a great idea, and such a win-win. An amazing value night out, and great for the pitchers who get to interact with people who want to be involved with things that are going on in their neighbourhood. I mean, look at it like this. One can have a good time dancing, eating out, or going to the pictures. At Soup, you could hear something or meet someone that inspires you to do new things, explore new avenues. It could even change your life.

For me it has been a great opportunity to meet and work with new people. Lizzie is one of our talented chefs, who spends much of her life doing charitable work of one kind or another. She is a fantastic organizer and not only is she absolutely invaluable in the kitchen but also brings her artistic flair with her – that is why the bread and extras are often arranged so nicely, instead of just made into piles by a nerdy techie like me. She is an amazing cook (I’m lucky enough to have been for dinner) and makes our famous Clam Chowder.

Our chefs Tom and Sam also help out when they can make it – in the kitchen and serving people soup. Tom has made a business out of soup (The Soup Dept) and Sam has been on MasterChef. With people like these helping out it’s not surprising the soups are so good. We also hope the service is 🙂

And it is great meeting our customers too. At the first few events we used to line up bowls behind labels (I said I was a techie) because we were anxious about how long it would take to serve everyone. Then we did a venue where we were didn’t have space so we had to serve people individually. It didn’t take any longer and it was so much nicer to interact with our guests, have a quick chat while we’re serving, help them decide the soup etc. We’ve kept it that way ever since.

Being in the kitchen I often don’t get to pay much attention to the pitches on the night. It is the busiest time, making sure the soup is ready to serve as soon as they finish. But more often than not I get to meet them before the event, either to talk through the process or at pitch-training sessions. I always want them all to win. But even those who don’t often tell us they have got something invaluable, just from being there.

Soup has certainly changed me. Two years ago there would have been no way on Earth I’d have walked up the high street, gone into a shop and asked for something free for a raffle. Now I do that kind of thing. It has been amazing to meet people doing stuff in their community. Not just celebs on the telly, real people doing real stuff. And never before have I had the opportunity to wash up 100 soup bowls at 10-o-clock at night, that’s been just great too. OK, I could maybe ditch that one, but thankfully there’s been plenty of help!

I’ve always loved doing new things. Maybe that’s why I’m such a sucker for the press gang.

Peter

Team Soup

School’s Out!

You probably noticed we’ve taken a little break, then again it seems everyone else did too. Just saying. Well schools out and the weather’s just been too good.

We can’t stay away for too long though, so we’re pleased to let you know our next event will be on Friday 29th September @ St Luke’s Church, Brighton – near Seven Dials. If you haven’t been it’s a lovely place and currently undergoing renovations to make it even nicer for us. Well, not specifically for us, but we shall benefit from them :).

So if you interested in attending you can get tickets as usual, and we’re open for project submissions until Wed 6th Sept.

Hope to see you there!

Team Soup

 

Postponed, Reunited and Very Lovely People

Well first off we have to postpone our BHASVIC event on Friday 21st July :(. Who knew holding an event just as the summer holidays began would be difficult?! We usually avoid August, but thought July would be fine. ​But what do we know? So, apologies to all that were able and planning to attend. We will be arranging our next event for September and will let you know the date as soon as we can.

So after that downer we were instantly perked up by an email from one of our regular souper families. They were sad they couldn’t attend this event, so wanted to donate the money they would have spent on tickets. They didn’t know we were postponing. How lovely is that! Now hopefully they can make it to the next one. There are some very lovely awesome people out there.

BrightonSoup has brought lots of these awesome people together who help do lots of ​great things. This time though soup was able to re-unite someone with their lost camera. We were contacted by Dave from Community Works who said a camera on a bus had been dropped it in to them. Turns out the camera ​was filled with happy soup memories from our last event​! So we contacted everyone we knew who attended and within hours the camera and owner had been reunited. ​Obviously she was ​souper happy and declared  “Doesn’t it all go to show Community Works!”. It really ​does​.

​So for those of you thinking of coming along this month, again sorry, but we hope you enjoy the summer and can make it to the next one.

Team Soup

An Interview with Soup Regulars

We get a lot of feedback after our events, from people that attend, the people pitching and those getting involved and helping out. At a previous Soup event I had the chance to chat with a couple of regular soup attendees, Matt Brabner and Lisa Curne, and ask what they thought …

What first attracted you to Brighton Soup?

Matt: I can’t remember where I had read about it but my first introduction to Soup was actually reading about Stoneham Bakehouse [previous winners promoting baking as therapy] and their success; from there I read more about Brighton Soup, having been familiar with the concept hearing about Detroit Soup, and I just found the website and thought “right its only £4, lets go!”. Lisa came along and we brought a few other friends with us; it was the event at the Emmaus in the summer, just a gorgeous night. In fact I think it was the week after Brexit and everyone was a little fed up and we just came away thinking how lovely it was.

Lisa: Absolutely, just a really nice evening; great to see something good happening while everything else seemed a bit glum.

What do you enjoy most?

Matt: For me its the pitches; I mean even if its quite tough topics to listen to its all really positive which what they’re trying to achieve.

Lisa: Its really nice to know what’s going on in your community. As we mentioned before; in amongst the Brexit stuff it really restores my faith in people; there are extraordinary people out there doing amazing things for the good of other people.

There are extraordinary people out there doing amazing things for the good of other people”

Any really memorable pitches?

Lisa: The one that always sticks out in my mind is the Free university Brighton. I wondered how they were able to do something that wonderful for nothing haha. It was also a very different pitch in terms of goals and what they were trying to achieve.

Matt: What sticks out for me isn’t just the pitches but the fact that its not huge sums of money going to these people but about £400 odd; very much unlike the big national charities, and through that you get a real sense of how much they need this money and how much good it will do.

Now, important question, if you could be any soup what would you be?

Matt: Oh now I’m not sure; I’ve never been asked what soup I’d be haha. I certainly know what soup I like but I don’t know if that’s the soup I’d be. I’m a bit partial to Heinz with a nice bit of white toast. a good old Saturday afternoon comfort soup.

Great answer!

And you know what, I feel hungry now for a good serving of soup and toast too! Well thank you Matt and Lisa, I’m sure we’ll see you again soon!

If you think a Brighton Soup evening sounds like something for you then get yourself a ticket, we’d love to see you there!

That’s all from me, but have a great week everyone and stay hearty Brighton!

Chris
(Leek & Potato)

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

Well what a fun evening that was! A beautiful venue – made even more glorious by the late evening spring sunshine (yeah, it was probably designed to be like that) – with great food, music and company – a real community spirit.

We know it was it a few weeks ago now (we’ve had a little break), but for those that didn’t make it we’d like to share…

One Church, Gloucester Road is a big venue – not without challenges for the team – but we ended up perfectly laid out within this beautiful old church in the heart of Brighton. And it turned out to be to be a very hot night.

We started with a few opening words from Eugenie Teasley, CEO of The Goodall Foundation and the energy behind Any Other Business Brighton, a group of people and organizations that spent the week showcasing the progressive social character of our diverse, vibrant, colourful city. It seemed fitting as this was the last event of the AOB week.

And then we were off with the pitches…

First Lucy McGrath & Sonia Mangan spoke about their Caritas Meal at All Saints Church, a monthly Sunday meal for people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or on the periphery of Society. Jenny Skelton pitched for the first ever Disability Pride Brighton event. Laura Harling was pitching for Found In Translation, a theatrical project that actively involves and engages those living with dementia. And Mary-Anne Weaver spoke of teaching young people to develop and practice manicuring skills as a way of tackling youth engagement and isolation.

You can get details on all the projects here.

Pitches over it was voting and feasting time – and it was a real foodie night. So many people brought food to share (very well received :)) and for the first time all 6 of our delicious soups were gluten free! And as always with vegetarian/vegan options. All courtesy of our Souper Chefs: Tom Chadd, Sam Redfern, Lizzie Batten, Joe Gray and newcomers Ros Morris and Team Soup member, Martin Pritchard. Thanks!

It was such a hot night someone asked if we had a gazpacho!

We also had a super delivery of 10 delicious Papa John’s Pizzas, a company that has given us much support over the last two years. If that wasn’t enough food focus we had more in the raffle with prizes from Nandos, GBKMOD Pizza, Big Beach Café, Pottery Café and more.

There was even real coffee instead of the usual instant stuff, a first for BrightonSoup. This was kindly provided by Ben and Donna from Pro Baristas. We weren’t sure how many people would ask for coffee in the evening, but it was so delicious and in so much demand that we just couldn’t make it fast enough!

We had a fantastic raffle with some great prizes, raising £243 for BrightonSoup, thank you so much everyone!. We’d like to ask the lucky winners if they could post photos of them using their prizes up on our facebook page so we could tag the contributors as a thank you. Although one of the prizes was some of Ayten Gasson’s Luxury Silk Lingerie so maybe in this instance just a thank you would do :).

When it’s time to count votes, it’s also music time – and for the first time at soup we had a band! The superb 4 piece Scandomando blew away the post-feasting slump with a blast of upbeat punk folk renditions of some classic songs. ‘Wanna Be LIke You’ got some soupers on their feet and dancing – don’t recall seeing that at soup before. One of our guests filmed them performing ‘Word Up’ and you can check that out here.

We had Rohan and Chloe from the Brighton & Hove Speak Out team return – winners of our Community Base event back in December – to give us an update on their film project. As a special treat we were able to debut the completed film to our guests – how cool was that! Another first for soupers, to see the end result of something they voted and put funds towards. Okay, there was a little technical delay, but a few jokes filled the time (bat joke anyone?). They had the film certificated as it will be screening at the Duke of York’s Cinema all next week before the showing of Churchill. If you can’t wait for that you can see the film here.

Finally it was time for the winner, and it was Jenny pitching that took the vote and the £505.70 in tickets and donations for Disability Pride Brighton. If you want to attend it’s being held next month on 9th July at New Road, Brighton..

As an AOB special we also had £500 of match funding graciously donated by Chris Llewellyn on behalf of The CriSeren Foundation. £200 of this went to Disability Pride bringing the winning funds to £705.70. The balance of £300 was split equally amongst the other projects. So everybody got a little funding this evening!

Finally, after many thanks you’s, goodbyes and lots of help clearing up, it was time to go out into the very warm night and head home – or onwards if you were so inclined. Or young :).

We hope you enjoyed yourselves, feasted deliciously, chatted to lovely people doing great things in your community, maybe got involved yourself, made new friends, tapped your feet to the delightful music and maybe even danced a little. Not a bad way to spend a hot Friday night in May.

Thanks for coming!

Team Soup

You can check out the full event details here and photos here.

Our next event is at BHASVIC on Friday 21st July and you can get tickets here.

 

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
Brighton
BN1 6DL

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

Contact:
Caritas Meal
07765 673 176
lucymcgrath@hotmail.co.uk

allsaintshove.org/whats-on/caritas-homeless-lunch

 

 


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

Contact:
Jenny Skelton
07973 774 691
Jennysk@aol.com

Disabilitypridebrighton.com

facebook.com/Disability 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

Contact:
Laura Harling
07885 456 135
laura@thedotcollective.com

http://www.thedotcollective.com

 

 


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

Contact:
Mary-Anne Clough
07703 385 850
mary-anne@onechurchbrighton.org

probaristas.org

 

 


Contributors

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!

 

 


Music

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