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.
In July 2018, Jess Bayley came to our Summer BrightonSoup at St George’s in Hangleton, to pitch on a project for the Centre for Ecotherapy. Her project won the vote and was awarded £441 from tickets and donations on the night. At this year’s Summer event at All Saints, Hove, Jess came back to give us an update on how the project went and how the money helped.
Some of you may have been there the night she won, maybe even voted voted for the project. Well if you didn’t make the last event or hear her update, Jess will tell you about it here.
Project Update: Jess Bayley from Centre for Ecotherapy
“We won £441 from Brighton Soup.
The project that we pitched for was to fund food purchases for the years youth provision. The programme provided twice monthly ‘Lifeskills’ sessions for young people with Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCP). We based our work around the fire, learning the skills of building, lighting, and maintaining a fire throughout the session and cooking on it. The money provided the food and cooking utensils.
Meals we cooked were chosen to be simple, healthy, fresh and diverse so that the young people could learn and potentially cook them again at home.
Meals such as: Pasta and vegetables in a tomato sauce; wraps and salad with a selection of different cheeses and houmus; sausages (vegetarian and meat) and mash; curry and rice; leek and potato soup; toasties with ham, cheese, tomatoes and onion; macaroni cheese; sandwiches with selection of fillings; you get the picture!
“Being at (the Centre for Ecotherapy) puts me in my safe zone. It lets me be open minded and try new things. It’s a place where I can speak my mind and listen to others, and talk about my problems in a safe place… Now I come to Ecotherapy, it feels like nothing can get in my way.”
16 year old participant
Fundamental in the sessions is the discussion that goes with the tasks, encouraging and guiding good behaviour, social modeling, highly focused attention to individual need and concern.
Added to that the calm and nurturing natural space the Centre for Ecotherapy provides with opportunity to learn from what goes on around, the young people benefitted enormously from the programme.
“My son really liked the calm atmosphere of being in the woods and learning outside the classroom, taking pressure and stress away from him, therefore enabling him to learn more.
He liked the course sessions because it showed him how to do things differently with things around him, so I believe this helped him to ‘think outside the box’ and could be used in different situations and would give him confidence to try other new things and believe in himself.”
Parent of young person
The young people shared the preparation, creation of the food and the clearing up afterwards, along with sawing and chopping wood for the fire, making drinks for the group and participating in the tasks assigned them.
“Ecotherapy engages the young offenders in nature and the community simultaneously…(It) works particularly well at engaging young people who are failing to attend school, or who display extremely challenging behaviour in the class room. The young people learn and stay focused doing the practical work and keep calm and relaxed in the open, outdoors environment.”
BHCC Youth Offending Team officer
During the time we worked with this group I was asked to submit an article on ecotherapy for young people by the British Holistic Medical Association. The article was published in the Spring Edition of the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.
I was able to base a some of my article on the current experience with the young people in our group.
The event was great. I felt particularly supported, valued and informed throughout the whole process. I enjoyed it all immensely and feel it is a wonderful community event.
Thanks to you all.”
Jess Bayley Project Manager The Centre for Ecotherapy
With just a few weeks to go and no band booked to play at our Summer Soup event, enter stage right some Brighton musicians to the rescue. Three talented regulars from the Neptune’s Open Mic Nights have banded together to save the day and give us a special performance. Fellow band members Phil (singer/guitar) and Chris (Bass) are joined by mate Alan (Drums) in a band put together especially for soup. How cool is that!
Phil and Chris recently formed the band Burning Skies and you can see them play some tracks from their debut gig here. For our entertainment they will be playing a couple of band tracks along with some covers. These guys, along with drummer Alan, have been part of the Brighton music scene for a long time so we’re expecting a real treat.
Well now the entertainment is sorted, what about the rest?
The chefs are no doubt carefully planning what deliciousness they will bring on the night, though some may just knock out a masterpiece with what they have available the night before. Our raffle wrangler is out and about collecting some very special prizes, even for us. And the projects to pitch were all selected over the weekend. I think we’re good to go!
It’s always great when a previous winner returns to tell us how their project progressed gone since they were given your money, even better when they come back and perform for us!
“4 young songwriters come together to perform a track using what they have learned at music technology workshops. Equaliser is a space for young women to create, explore and adapt. It’s a support network and a space where we can learn and grow together.”
This time last year, Isha, Boudicca and Tom from Audi Active won the vote and took £698 in ticket money and donations for their Young Women in Tech project. The project encourages young women to get involved in the technical side of the creative arts.
Next week, Boudicca Pepper is returning to give us all an update on the AudioActive project and how it’s been going since they won the funding.
Even better, she will be joined by three other young songwiters from the course – Miri, Nina and Ellie – to perform for us. How fantastic is that!
We haven’t been posting much since our last event and that was soooo last year. Literally. And we’re not using that ironically either. It was back in December 2018 and since then we’ve had a fair bit of downtime. But now, it’s time for uptime. Or as we like to say, “Now is the go!”
It’s about time we announced our next event, well past that time really. So that’s what we’re doing. And where do we go next? We’re returning to St Richard’s Community Hall in Hangleton, where we hosted our second event, way back in September 2015. Like we said earlier, it’s been a while.
If you want to join us you can get tickets here. And if you need a little funding for a project you’re running, or a great idea for one you’d like to start – something that helps your local community – then submit an application here.
Our next soup is on the horizon! Tickets are already selling fast, so please remember to book your tickets now!
Our selection committee met this weekend and managed to whittle a huge number of fantastic projects down to just four (always a very hard task!) So we can confirm that we have 4 wonderful projects pitching on Friday 30th November at Community Base.
We’re not going to give it away (!) but here’s a cryptic hint for you to mull over:
Master the craft of building a breakfast at the next Brighton Soup!
Our volunteers have also been lining up some great prizes for the raffle too! Local businesses have been very generous, and we can safely promise that it will be worth coming just for the raffle! We’ve also confirmed a very lovely music act which we will announce very soon.
And now – TWO invitations for you to get more involved with Brighton Soup!
Two of our regular soup chefs are unable to help us this time, and whilst we’ve managed to find one lovely new soup-maker to join us, we’re still looking for another! Please get in touch if you think you could make between 10 and 15 litres of soup for us. We can pick it up on the day if transport is a problem.
Would you be interested in learning more about how we select projects for our soup events? We’re on the hunt for new faces to join future selection panels. You can register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 30th November!
Joanne has been involved with Brighton Soup since December 2016 (almost two years!) and regularly cooks up a delicious soup for our events. Ahead of our next Soup at Community Base on the 30th November (tickets here!), we caught up with Joe to find out all about her cooking…
What are your favourite things to cook?
I love love love Indian food, so I tend to cook a lot of different Indian curries and street food – my husband recently bought me the most amazing cookbook called Fresh India by Meera Sodha. Its all vegetarian recipes that are super easy to make and all of them so far are delicious. I basically like cooking food that I really enjoy eating, so that does usually involve recipes with a bit of a kick as I am a bit of a spice and chilli fan! My most memorable and favourite soup for a Brighton Soup event was Joe’s Split Chickpea, Spinach & Masala Soup – as you’d expect, it was nice and spicy and seemed to go down well amongst those who tried it!
How did you first get interested in cooking?
I’ve been cooking since I was young. My parents always encouraged my sisters and I to help make dinners, and my passion for food and cooking has continued throughout my life. I actually remember ‘outsourcing’ my mincemeat pie making skills at Christmas when I was about 10…a friend of my mums didn’t have the time to make them herself so I baked them for her and she paid me nicely (probably only about £2 but it felt a lot back then!)
What has been your most complicated/ interesting cooking to date?
In terms of interesting dishes, I’d say making our own halloumi cheese from scratch and then cooking with it has to be up there. Homemade halloumi is delicious, really light and airy and full of flavour – 100 x better than the shop bought stuff! We made all sorts of recipes with it, including coating in breadcrumbs and having it with portobello mushrooms and spinach in a toasted brioche bun, with some sriracha mayo for a bit of a kick! My ethos with cooking is that it doesn’t need to be overly complicated, using good fresh ingredients and trying out new recipes with them is what its all about for me!
How did you first get involved with Brighton Soup?
My sister lives in Folkestone and had been involved with Folkestone Soup, so when I happened to see an advert one day for Brighton Soup I decided to go along and find out what it was all about. I absolutely loved the event, I think it is wonderful on so many levels, from encouraging the community to get together, to find out about the issues and opportunities in our community to of course helping so good causes with some financial support to help their sustainability. So I decided to become a regular Soup go-er! I think it was on my 2nd Soup event that I got chatting to one of the organisers and somehow managed to sign myself up to making soup!! The rest is history, I now go regularly to Brighton Soup with my husband, daughter and parents – who all love it! My Dad has now also become a regular bread maker!
Where are you from? Are there any delicacies/ regional dishes we should try?
I am originally from Scotland but grew up in the South of England. My Scottish roots still influence my soup making. My Gran made the best soup ever with barley, lentils and split peas being her favourite basis for her different soups – so I often adapt versions of my Gran’s old recipes. My Gran also used to make a meal called ‘Beef Olives’ which is thinly cut steak filled with either sausages or haggis and slow cooked in a onion gravy. Its comfort food at it’s absolute best, served with mash and greens! My daughter loves it too, so it’s one that we’ll make on a winter’s Sunday!
Joe runs her own business consultancy called The Progress Lab which specialises in organisational change, people development, sales and marketing. She is also a Pilates instructor and regularly hosts Women’s Well-Being events in Hove with a Nutritionist friend. She also runs a Lifelines Pilates class for those who are 50+ in Portslade.
If you fancy tasting one of Joe’s delicious soup recipes, don’t forget to book your tickets for the next soup!
Back in the summer of 2016, we had an amazing soup evening at the lovely Revival Café at Emmaus. At the end of the evening a couple of women – Ayten and Joe – came over to say how much they really enjoyed the whole evening and wanted to help.
Ayten wanted to donate a box of luxury goods to our next raffle, and Joe wanted to cook us some delicious soup. And true to their word, they did – and have many times since!
Recently we spoke to them about why they wanted to get involved. In a few weeks we will hear from Joe, but first up is Ayten. Ayten runs the Ayten Gasson boutique, which sells ethical luxury items.
I first heard about Brighton Soup through a very good friend of mine who had been before and spoke passionately about it. I now regularly attend and prepare a raffle prize for each event for my own little way of supporting the cause. My friend now actually prepares soup for the night so she, along with the whole Brighton Soup community, is really quite inspirational!
There are a number of things I love about the event but something that really stands out for me is the clear empathy and commitment of those involved. It shows us that there are people out there who want to make things better and lend a helping hand. With so much uncertainty and, frankly, terrible things going on in the world right now it’s comforting to know that there are good people who want to get involved and do what they can for their community.
As the owner of my company and boutique I love to see other independent business owners taking the time to support people trying to get an idea off the ground. They are all so supportive, whether that means volunteering, donating or just simply attending.
I’m originally from London and started my business there but I can’t think of anywhere else I would have wanted to open my boutique. It is a bit of a cliché but Brighton does have a certain feel about the place and I’ve definitely felt support from the wide range of independent businesses we have in the city.
As a parent I’m always interested in any projects and ideas presented at the soup nights that concern or involve children and also, as someone runs a creative business, I’m always impressed by anyone using their creativity to help others.
Brighton Soup is a great way to help the community and get inspired at the same time. Everyone is so dedicated to what they do that you can’t help but come away wanting to do more.