Our 14th BrightonSoup, at St George’s Community Hall in Hangleton.
We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:
St George’s Community Hall
Court Farm Road
It’s a great place for a community event, we all had a good night.
A big thank you to Colm Lennon for letting us use the hall again, and being so supportive throughout.
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
Jess from the Centre for Ecotherapy won the vote and £441.80 in ticket money for their Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Project.
A special thanks to the guest who donated a matching £441.80 to Park Life, and to another who offered to decorate a room for free for the William Collier House Project.
As always, we like to mention that 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 – Centre for Ecotherapy – Social & Therapeutic Horticulture Project (Winner)
Jess from Centre for Ecotherapy pitched for some funding to support the delivery of their 6 week Social and Theraputic Horticulture Project.
The programme is for people at risk of isolation or experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions who may benefit from participating in structured social activities in an allotment/nature-rich setting. Programme activities include: Plant bed creation and preparation; seed sowing and seedling care; planting out and follow on care; tree and shrub care; pruning and clearing; site design and development, including practical carpentry or fencing work; use of tools including garden tools, woodworking tools, bushcraft tools, hand saws; fire-making and food preparation; walks; animal/bird identification; discussions and supported social engagement.
It is recognised that for some people the bus journey and walk in the morning is a barrier to accessing this service. The Centre for Ecotherapy is committed to providing a taxi journey from a specific location to the allotment site for the 6 sessions.
Pitching: Jess Bayley
Jess on 07517 090 915
2 – William Collier House – Communal Room Decoration
William Collier House is a hostel supporting 94 homeless men and women with substance misuse problems, mental health issues and learning difficulties.
Our residents often come to William Collier House straight from rough sleeping and can have quite chaotic lifestyles. As support workers, we work closely with our residents to prepare them for more independent living with the aim to move them within 2 years of them moving in. This involves helping them address addictions, manage their health and gain meaningful occupation whether that be enrolling on a course or getting into voluntary or paid work.
The funding of Brighton Soup would be used to redecorate an unused room in the hostel to use it as a multi-purpose room for activities and also as a communal space for residents to use to socialise as their lounge has now been converted to a work and learning centre, so they no longer have a communal area meaning they are drawn back into their rooms, causing boredom and isolation and increasing their substance use and poor mental health. The room would help bring back a sense of community and allow them to connect with each other
Pitching: Sarah Lobo
Sarah on 01273 675 678
3 – Park Life – The Park Life Campaign
Outdoor play is essential for children. Parks are places where children can learn to be active, get fit and healthy, and where they and their parents can meet friends and build their community. The Park Life Campaign has been set up by a group of local residents and parents to try and get the decent parks that East Brighton deserves. We want the local authority to take notice and take action, by investing in our local parks and by listening to local resident feedback – including the voices of our children. We want our children to have the benefit of a decent park in the heart of their community. We want to bring the whole community together to help make the change
Pitching: Evie Martin / Caitlin Smith
Park Life on 07847 182 594
4 – Imagine If – Whitehawk Inn Drama Club
The Whitehawk Inn Drama Club is is a free drop in group, with 8-10 people a week ageing from 20-70. We aim for our group to be as inclusive as possible tailoring the sessions to fit the needs of the group. It is a chance to escape and have fun using drama games in a supportive and safe environment. There is an emphasis on being playful and each individual is encouraged to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.
Carlie and Karen have been voluntarily running Whitehawk Inn drama group for three years now. They both came to drama from their personal experience of social anxiety and noticing how drama helped. Playing drama games increased their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. They are passionate about sharing their skills with others who could benefit. Carlie is a professionally trained actor and has extensive experience in theatre and performance. Karen has had training in clowning and puppetry and has recently completed an MA in Dramatherapy.
“A great group really helping my confidence and the leaders are really kind and supportive may there be many more”
Pitching: Karen Hickman
Karin on 07769 172 153
Music – Lauren Alex Hooper
A massive thank you to Lauren Alex Hooper for coming along to entertain us with her beautiful music. We loved it!
Check out her website laurenalexhooper.com and listen to her single Invisible again.
Soup and Food
These souper-stars provided a delicious menu of tasty soups to all of our guests – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – something for everyone. We never get tired of thanking these awesome chefs!
Tom Chadd The Soup Dept
Tomato & Basil
Pea & Ham
Summer Red Lentil, Spinach & Courgette
Martin Pritchard Chu Chu Burmese
Spicy Lentil & Tomato
A big thanks to Jim Gray for bringing along some 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 £216 so a HUGE thank you!
- Thank you to our Project Selection Team for the difficult task of whittling down submissions to the final four. Regulars Olivia Canham and Caz O’Kane (who also helped out in the kitchen) as well as guests for this event, Ken George and Carl Walker.
- Thanks again to chefs Lizzie and Sam for spending the evening serving soup to people, and Martin who couldn’t make it, but still made soup for us anyway.
- To first time soupers, HelpfulPeep Sharon Barrow for being so helpful, coming early and staying to the end, and Heather Clavering for all the help.
- To the regular soupers who came early to help out or stayed late to clear up: Shelley Jane Brown, Maura Toner and Jacqueline Sethi.
- To Alex Keene for taking some great photos and helping us clear up and load the van at the end of the night.
- And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night. It’s a really nice feeling to see so many people who’s names we never get helping to put away tables, chairs, wiping table cloths and generally helping clear up. It always makes the clear up so much easier and we really appreciate it.
Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, please let us know so we can update the page.
Check out the event photos here.