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”
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.
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!
Sorry we haven’t posted in a little while, but hope you’re all well and having a good start to your year. Being volunteer run, we sometimes have to take time out when life stuff happens, and we had lots of it at the start of the year. So we took a break and next thing we know it’s March already!
We’re getting back to it now, but it means we won’t be holding our usual spring soup at the end of this month (boo!). We will be doing our summer one though, and can confirm it will be on Friday 3rd July at All Saints Hove.
If you want to apply to pitch we’re open for submissions now, and if you want tickets they will be available online at the start of June.
Thanks for listening.
So, are we good?
See you soon.
BrightonSoup @ All Saints on Friday 3rd July 2020
The Drive Hove BN3 3QE
Doors open 6 pm, event starts at 7pm. Finishes around 9:30 pm.
For our 20th Brighton Soup event we’re back at Communty Base – our 5th Winter soup here!
We’re not superstitious, but Friday 13th did prove to be a tricky one for us. We had people unwell and injured, which meant that pitchers and the musical entertainer had to drop out. In the end we had to go ahead with two pitchers, but it gave them more time to pitch and answer questions.
More than ever we needed help, and we were lucky to get that from many people. We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen.
Community Base 113 Queens Rd Brighton BN1 3XG
Thanks to Olivia & Alison for their help.
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
Durgha Ramji pitched and won £376.10 in donations for the Mindful Worriors project, which aims to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2020 by offering yoga and mindfulness sessions to children in schools.
As always, these 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 – Rebel Boob
Rebel Boob, is a performance which explores how a woman gets back on her feet following a breast cancer diagnosis. This ground -breaking play is not about chemotherapy, or about death – though they both may be mentioned a little! This is about life, and it is about re-evaluating who you are, and what is important to you. It focuses on the period after active treatment when you start picking up the pieces and dealing with your grief.
The performance is based on interviews with women affected by breast cancer as a starting point, along with pioneering video-mapping technology and choreography, to create an immersive performance along themes of identity, body image, priorities, grief and relationships.
Rebel Boob is also important for the friends and family of a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer… they too need support and we know that understanding more about the experience of a person, will mean that there will be more awareness and support available for them.
We have worked with 20 schools across Brighton, Leicester and Birmingham reaching more than 700 young people within two years of starting our project. Since launching our project in Brighton we have worked with 4 schools reaching 120 students and hope to continue increasing the impact of our work in Brighton.
Mindful Warriors believes all children will benefit from practicing Yoga and mindfulness. For a flexible mind and body our 1 hour sessions are fun and rewarding. They consist of physical postures, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques suitable for beginners. Our programmes support students develop tools to remain calm ahead of exams, reduce stress and anxiety and improve physical and mental wellbeing. We also work with schools to use yoga as an experiential tool to manage behaviour in the classroom.
We would like to support schools in Brighton celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week 3rd – 9th February 2020 by offering yoga and mindfulness sessions.
When our sheduled entertainer cancelled with only hours to go, we turned to previous winner Chris De Bank from We Are Not Saints for help. In no time at all one of his artists, Deiphos Jay, was heading over to entertain us.
Deiphos got a warm welcome from our soupers, and a great response to his original songs about everyday life. He was also full of praised for We Are Not Saints and how they helped him and supported hi,. He was there the night they won the vote and said it was an honour to return and play for us.
Friday 13th December @ Community Base – 5th Floor Conference Room
The one with the big grins, silly hats and mulled cider, though probably not in that order. The chefs are concocting their delicious delights, and Shauna is tuning her guitar and practicing scales. Later this morning our hopeful pitchers will be doing a little training in preparation. And our team of overly excited little elves are packing raffle prizes and desperately eager to get it all started. All that’s missing is you!
We’re absolutely chuffed to have Shauna Pentony perform for us again at our upcoming WInter Soup.
If you were lucky enough to hear Shauna play back in September 2017, then you know that was a special evening. She held the crowd at St Luke’s with her angelic and captivating voice, playing covers and original tracks. Hugely impressive considering she had lost her voice earlier that day, but came and played anyway.
Check out Shauna’s facebook and Soundcloud pages, or even better, come along on Friday 13th at Community Base to hear her play.
Hope to see you soon.
PS: Only a few days left open for submissions if you’re thinking of applying.
For our 19th BrightonSoup event we’re at All Saints Community Hall.
We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:
All Saints Church Community Hall The Drive Hove BN3 3QE
Thanks to Sarah for her help.
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you! Rosie Linford pitched and won £323 in donations for the Saunders Park Edible Community Garden project, which is exactly what it says – and helps people come together to improve mental health and tackle loniliness and isolation.
We also heard from JoBates, who supported Evie Marin and Caitlin Smith whern they pitched for their Park Life Campaign in July 2018. Though they didn’t win the vote, they still came away with £441.80 in funding.
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 – perfect too – move on with new skills
perfect too – moving on with new skills, has the vision of ending financial dependency for vulnerable women by nurturing their talents. The mission is to enhance chances of employment for women in Brighton by building up their confidence through learning and developing new skills, to enable them to move on, to lead an interdependent live.
Training topics are: Housekeeping and cleaning, Front of house and waiting at the table, Communication, Health and Safety. Knowledge is power, therefore learning and improving new skills empowers and creates new opportunities.
YAC has been likened to the “Citizens Advice Bureau” for
young people. YAC workers offer advice, support, guidance and expertise in a
wide range of areas such as housing, sexual health, emotional & wellbeing,
and debt and benefits advice. Our clients are aged 13-25 and many come to us in
need of advice on managing life skills to help empower them to be prepared and manage
the pressures of independent living.
Our workshop looks at the basic life skills needed to live
and thrive independently and aims to address some of the questions we get such
“What is Council Tax” “What is a P45” ”How do I apply for
universal credit” “ How do I budget so that I can afford to live on my own
without getting into debt” “ How can I cook with the food I get from the
foodbank” “How can I represent myself well at a job interview”
Life Skills for Young People is a project by YAC Brighton
3 – Saunders Park Edible Community Garden
Saunders Park on the Lewes Road is home to an Edible Community Garde,
a green haven and beautiful shared space in an otherwise built up area. Creating
the garden has transformed a previously neglected corner of the park from an
unloved and anti-social hotspot into, a peaceful and fruitful space that locals
now seek out to enjoy, rather than avoid.
The Food Partnership runs gardening sessions fortnightly to take
care of the space. Many helpers at these sessions have experiences of mental
health issues, loneliness and isolation, homelessness, recovery from addictions
or health issues. All have found that helping to take care of the garden has
had a therapeutic effect on their wellbeing.
The garden aims to be as sustainable as possible, using permaculture methods to improve soil quality, saving seeds and harvesting rainwater to fill the pond. Seedlings and seeds are brought from local seed swaps and local allotment holders also donate surplus to the project.
Saunders Park Edible Community Garden is a project by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
4 – Fire & Feast
Fire & Feast is a monthly
family event run by Fernee Forest Club at Bevendean Community Garden and Woods;
to encourage local people explore and enjoy nature on a Friday evening and
share food around the fire. Children and their families take part in creative
and adventurous play in the woods and share seasonal produce from the Community
Garden. Everyone is welcome and we operate a ‘pay what you can afford’ policy
to ensure the sessions are fully inclusive.
At Fire and Feast, we experiment with recipes; making things like blackberry jam and baked apples, bread dampers and soups over the fire. Children of different ages explore the woods together; they climb trees, learn how to make rope swings and build dens; they develop fire lighting skills, experiment with whittling and try other woodland crafts. They learn about native wildlife and different habitats.
Through positive experiences in nature; we highlight the value of the local green spaces in Bevendean and Moulsecoomb and show children how to care for them. Together we grow food and plant trees and flowers and improve the biodiversity over time. We support families experiencing different challenges; including financial hardship and food poverty. We welcome children with disabilities and/or specific learning needs. Importantly, people can take the sessions at their own pace.
These sessions actively support
community wellbeing through encouraging people to relax in nature and to notice
the changing seasons and light. We go for walks, forage, observe wildlife; pond
dip and watch the stars and the bats come out. We gather around the fire,
cook, chat, eat and listen to stories by local storytellers. People often tell
us they feel great afterwards; that their families sleep well and that they are
encouraged to play in the woods and enjoy the Community Garden at other times.
Fire and Feast brings different families and generations together and
establishes a sense of community, through shared fire, adventures and feasting.
Fire & Feast is a project by the Fernee Forest Club
Music – Seadog
A big thanks to Mark Benton, Tom Chadd and Lisa Osborne for playing for us on the night – it was brilliant. We had so many great comments about their performance, the music and their “lovely voices”. They are welcome back any time.
Mark on guitar, Tom on keyboards and Lisa #…
With the rest of the band they are known as Seadog,and their debut album, Cabin Fever Blues, is out now and you can hear it on Spotify.
A special thanks to Tom for playing AND making soup!
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 Joe Gray for also baking some 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.
In July 2018, Evie, Caitlin & Jo came to BrightonSoup, hoping to get some funds to support their Park Life Campaign, a coming together of local residents and parents trying to get a decent park in Whitehawk. They had rushed to get there because they were the reserve project and had to step in at the last moment when one of our scheduled projects dropped out.
They didn’t win the vote that night. Jess Bayley did for the Centre for Ecotherapy project.
Park Life, didn’t win the vote or the £441.80 donations that evening. But they were completely taken by the warm support and encouragement they got from you all that evening. That wasn’t all though, as one of our regular soupers decided to donate to them the same amount, £441.80.
We’re delighted they will be coming along to soup next week to give us all an update on their project.
Hope to see you all soon.
Jess gave a project update at our recent June event which we posted up recently, and you can read up on last summer’s soup here.