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Community Organisers Rock!

We want to give a huge thanks to the University of Brighton Students’ Union Community Organisers!

They gave their time yesterday to give our project presenters some valuable presentation training. So that in the little time they have available on the night, they get across the most important part of their projects. All in the hope of convincing you (if you’re attending) to vote for them.

I think they all enjoyed it, we did. And we learnt a few things ourselves that might come in handy. So thanks Dot and Sam, you’re Souperstars! 🙂

It’ll be fun to see how it goes on the night. Or should we say tomorrow.

Team Soup

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All our feedback, good and bad, OnRequest.

Just before our next soup event, we thought we’d share the feedback from our last event – good and bad. We wanted to open it up so anyone could add to it. Maybe you didn’t get time on the night. Or you couldn’t make it, but still have something to say.

So we’re trying out a funky new social app called OnRequest that’s being developed right here in Brighton. It’s about ideas instead of people and it can take a little time to get your bearing, but worth the effort, One of the cool things is that as it’s in development you can get a hands on Skype tutorial from the OnRequest team, right here in Brighton. As you use it you can pass suggestions to them that could be added – if they’re good ones :).

If you want to try it our, go to OnRequest.org and use the browser version or download it to your phone. Then search for BrightonSoup @ Portslade and check out all the feedback. And add any ideas of your own. It’s worth trying out.

Hope to see you Friday.

Team Soup

3 Projects still needing Help

Only a week to go until our next soup and we wanted to remind you of 3 great projects from our last soup still needing help. You can donate or pledge a skill – however you can help will be greatly appreciated.Take a look and if you can help then please get in touch with them below.

If you can only help one, then it’s a tough choice. They’re all good projects.


mASCot ~ Knowledge Box Library

mASCot Knowledge Box LibrarymASCot is a parent led support group for families with kids on the Autistic spectrum. They support over 180 families and more weekly. They provide workshops, coffee mornings, talks, training and therapies and are always looking to provide new and necessary support for their families. They’re looking for help and funds to create a Knowledge Box Library for families with books, leaflets, information and aids to help parents and children understand Autism better. Telling your child about Autism is a big worry for many parents and mASCot want to help make this part of their journey easier.

Contact:
Sam Bayley
07943 346 055 / 01273 414 609
info@asc-mascot.com

Links:
Website: asc-mascot.com
Facebook: facebook/ascmascot
Twitter: @mascotsupport


A Helping Hand ~ Training Resources

a-helping-hand

A Helping Hand help support and educate people about nutrition and how it affects the way we feel, or as Shalina says “food & mood”. It’s not simply knowing what to eat to feel good, these discussions are about friendships, self confidence, self esteem, weight concerns and their relationship to food, drugs, alcohol, bullying, peer pressure and difficult home lives. For young people, women experiencing PND, those recovering from drug and alcohol misuse.  These talks are a great way to learn how to take back control of your health, ask questions, and be supported in a safe environment. The funding is to buy and create educational props to improve the learning experience and capture different learning styles.

Contact:
Shalina Sheikh
07990 973 558
info@salubrious-living.co.uk

Links:
Website: www.salubrious-living.co.uk


Mymarc CIC ~ Art Supplies

mymarc

Mymarc run Make Your Mark art workshops for disabled young people in Brighton and Hove. Youngsters up to the age of 25 are given an opportunity to express themselves creatively, experiment and explore printing, painting and sculpture as well as having fun. Mymarc also provide volunteering opportunities for local artists and young people to help the kids find new ways to connect to the world around them. They need funds to buy a projector and art supplies.

Contact:
Sue Winter 07400 963 087
sue.winter@icloud.com

Links:
Website: www.mymarc.weebly.com


Thanks for getting involved.

Team Soup

4 Projects, awesome supporters and busy volunteers

Well the 4 projects for our next Soup have been decided and choosing a favourite is not going to be easy. They are all different, but each is worth the win. So it’s too late now to submit a project for this event, but if you do send something in we will put it in the pot our next Soup.

As last time, all ticket money goes to the winning project and we fund the event ourselves. The food is supplied free by our supporters. Tom at The Soup Dept and Ash & Shona from The Cactus Cafe are returning with more delicious soups. We also have a new Chef, Lizzie, contributing and trust us you won’t be disappointed. And Hilary & Richard are once again supplying some allotment veg for the soups. It (almost) goes without saying that there will be Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free choices.

A big thanks to Owen @ Tesco Hangleton and Peter @ Co-op Portland Rd for helping out. And the local businesses around The Grenadier and Portland Road have been fantastic with contributions for our raffle. We have nights out, meals, tea & cakes and places to take the kids. Something for those that want to look good, And of course, something for those that like a drink. Great prizes for you and we hope to cover our costs. And let’s not forget the free musical entertainment from the very talented acoustic duo Dare To Be Charlie.

Our supporters are awesome and we couldn’t do it without them, but lets not forget our volunteers. Visiting businesses, community centres, handing out leaflets, amassing soup bowls, spoons, making calls, emails, wrestling with excel and dropbox and drinking lots of coffee at Intenso (okay, probably be doing that last one anyway). They will all be very busy on the night. They don’t get paid and they even have to buy a ticket. Yep, we all do. But it’s so worth it.

It looks to be another fun night, hope you can make it.

Team Soup

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10 things we learnt at our first Soup

With all the organising going on to get ready for our next soup, this seemed the perfect time to share a few things we learnt from our first one:

  • We need more than 30 minutes to set up.
    Yes, we really were that optimistic. Right up until the day before, when we panicked and gave ourselves 2 hours. Barely made it.
  • Check what other events are going on at the venue.
    Very important if there’s an upstairs. At first we weren’t sure if a dancing class was above us or if Stomp were performing for the hard of hearing. Either way it made things difficult.
  • Our small PA system isn’t good enough.
    Especially when competing with impromptu Stomp performances.
  • You can fit a large electric organ into a disabled toilet.
    Do with this what you will.
  • Using a cheap A4 Laminating machine can be strangely therapeutic.
    Seriously, if you have the time, try it for yourself!
  • Filming interviews indoors is almost impossible.
    With all the noise from excited Soupers it can be difficult to hear anything you record.
    It may be best to go somewhere quieter, like outdoors.
  • Filming interviews outdoors is almost impossible.
    Okay so with all the wind and potential traffic, outside may not actually be any better.
    We wonder what the professionals do!
  • We didn’t know folk music could be so rude and funny.
    We knew it could be beautiful, haunting and rousing. But not so very rude.
    Thanks to Georgia Lewis, we now know better!
  • People can be awesome.
    We all know people 
    can be, but it’s such a great feeling when you see so many people actually being it.
  • We possibly didn’t need as much soup as we had.
    Quite probably. Even though one chap had 8 bowls for himself. To be fair they 
    were delicious.
    Yes, most definitely, less soup next time.

It was a fun night and we aim to take this little bit of learning and make the next one even better. Hope you can join us.

Team Soup

Stop Soupers, what’s that sound?

Everybody look what’s going down.

Once again BrightonSoup has the absolute pleasure of announcing the musical performers for our upcoming Soup @ Hangleton. Delightfully talented acoustic duo Dare To Be Charlie will be blowing us away on the 18th September so be sure to book your tickets if you don’t want to miss out.

If you want to check out Daren and Charlie sooner then be sure to take a peek at daretobecharlie.com.

Hope to see you soon! 😀

Team Soup

Who’s ready for more soup?

Well, we’ve taken a nice long break in (mostly) glorious weather. And now we’re back and ready for some more soup. Who wants to join us?

We’ll be at St Richard’s Community Centre in Hangleton on Friday 19th Sept. We’re busy now getting the chefs, musicians and sponsors sorted (we’ve already got some great donations), but we’ll keep you informed as we go.

We’ve also started meeting the projects sent in so far and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The submission deadline isn’t until 31st August 2015 so there’s still time if you have a project in mind – just tell us what it is.

Lots to do yet.

In the meantime, and you know it’s coming, you can get your ticket here 🙂

Team Soup

BrightonSoup @ Portslade – 19th June 2015

Our first soup and we think it went really well.

There were 4 projects pitched on the night and Ann from the Purple People Plot won the vote and took £304.50 for their Secret Garden for the Food Bank users. We had some good connections made and skills pledged.

This is the info on the people who pitched, the project that won, those that provided the food, entertainment, decorations, everyone that helped us make it happen:


The Venue

South Portslade Community Centre
Church Road
Portslade
BN41 1LB

Attendance: 61

Thanks to Siobhan and Brunwin for their help.


The Projects

Thank you to all the projects for being part of our BrightonSoup event. Although we had a winner these projects still need help. So if you can do anything to help, donate, give your time, pledge a skill, then get in touch directly or use our contact form.

1 – Knowledge Box Library

mASCot Knowledge Box LibrarymASCot is a parent led support group for families with a child/children on the Autistic spectrum. We now have over 180 families that we support and we are growing weekly. We arrange many things in mASCot including workshops, coffee mornings, talks, training and therapies and we are always looking to provide new and necessary support for our families.

One of our new projects is our Knowledge Box Library where we provide a box of books, leaflets and information to help parents and children understand Autism better by reading some wonderful books and resources. Telling your child about Autism is a big worry for many parents and we hope we can provide the right information and guidance to make this part of their journey easier.

DSCF8333Presenters: Paula Donovan & Mimi Banks

Contact:
Sam Bayley
07943 346 055 / 01273 414 609
info@asc-mascot.com

Links:
Website: asc-mascot.com
Facebook: facebook/ascmascot
Twitter: @mascotsupport

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2 – A Helping Hand

a-helping-hand

A Helping Hand helps educate and support young people and their families in the community, women experiencing PND and people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. The basis of the talks is about nutrition and how it affects the way we feel or as I like to say, food & mood. However things aren’t always as simple as knowing what to eat to feel good, the discussions are broader and cover friendships, self confidence, self esteem, weight concerns and their relationship to food, drugs, alcohol, bullying, peer pressure and difficult home lives.

All these things effect our overall health & wellbeing and young people can need extra support dealing with them. These talks are a great way for them to learn how to take back control of their health, ask questions, be supported and talk openly in a safe environment. The funding will enable me to buy and create educational props to make the learning experience more interactive and visual, to capture different learning styles. DSCF8354

Contact:
Miss Shalina Sheikh
07990 973 558
info@salubrious-living.co.uk

Links:
Website: www.salubrious-living.co.uk

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3 – Mymarc Community Interest Company

mymarc

Mymarc is a Community Interest Company that runs Make Your Mark art workshops for disabled young people up to the age of 25 in Brighton and Hove. The workshops are an opportunity for disabled young people to express themselves creatively, experiment and explore a wide-range of media – printing, painting and sculpture as well as getting together and having some fun.

Mymarc also provides volunteering opportunities for local artists and young people. We help them open up new parts of their lives and find new ways to connect to the world around them. We would like the funds to buy a projector and art supplies.

DSCF8388Presenter: Lizzie Batten

Contact:
Sue Winter 07400 963 087
sue.winter@icloud.com

Links:
Website: www.mymarc.weebly.com

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4 – Purple People Plot (Winner)

purple-people-plotBehind Portslade Town Hall is a secret garden, just waiting for care and attention. With your help we can make it into a very special place for displaced, disengaged, depressed, desperate people to dig their way back to mental and physical fitness. It will be for a sheltered vulnerable group of people who may not have a framework to their day or a purpose in life. Designed to encourage interaction, team work, relaxation and co-operation.

It will enable stressed parents to play and work with their children in a safe and natural environment. Everyone will benefit by enjoying the satisfaction and sense of achievement. An added bonus will be the food we produce, which we will share on site or use in our Food Bank kitchen. We area spin off from the Purple People Kitchen Food Bank which is held at the Portslade Town Hall every Friday, and the Council have allocated the plot to become a community garden. The funding will enable us to buy kids gardening tools for them to be an active part of it.

DSCF8397Contact:
Ann Menhinick
07789 765 933 / 01273 412 952
a.menhinick@btinternet.com

Links:
Website: www.portslade.webeden.co.uk/#/purple-people-kitchen-food-ban/4585265150

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Everyone that helped

Soup & Food

These stars provided 4 delicious soups and bread, free of charge, to all of our guests. And Tom and Shona spent the evening at the event helping out.

the-soup-deptTom Chadd @ The Soup Dept
Brocolli & Stilton Soup
Thai Red Curried Lentil Soup

cactusAsh (Chef) & Shona @ The Cactus Cafe (Opening Soon)
Mexican Lentil Bean Soup

emmaus-brighton

Joel & Ian (Chef) @ emmaus Brighton
Leek & Potato Soup

A special mention to Hilary & Richard for the allotment veg that went into the soups. And to all the guests that brought food and drink of their own to share.

Music

DSCF8465The delightful Georgia Lewis, a young local folk singer and avid accordionist offered to play solo when the rest of her band couldn’t make it.

And a special mention to Paul & Helen @ OnRequest for loan of the the mike stand.

The Boundary Road Souper-Stars!

Helping to fund the night and everything that made us look good, from balloons and table decorations, to some great raffle prizes, these are the local business that helped us out and you can find most of them on the Facebook Buzz on Boundary page.

Angel @ Angel Art
Nima @ Best Wishes
Mike @ Sparkles
Sally @ Tesco Boundary Road
George @ George’s Gems
Debbie @ Sweet Treats
Shaadi @ Hair Station
Douglas @ The Coffee Station
Faye @ Phase Photography
Gail @ Fairydust Flowers

And it wasn’t just boundary road;

Emma @ Sainsburys West Hove
Alan @ AlanThePrinter.co.uk in Southwick
All @ Stock in Trade Ltd in London

The Volunteers

The Project Committee: Scott, Peter, Michael, Charlie & Angel.

Donna for putting up posters and handing out leaflets, Julian for offering free business and patent advice to our projects and Alex for offering coaching help to the projects.

And finally all those that helped on the night setting up, checking people in, serving food, doing the raffle, taking photos and making sure it didn’t all go horribly wrong: Alex, Angel, Carol, Charlie, Karin, Michael, Peter, Scott, Shona, Steph (x2) & Tom,

Karin, Georgia, Nikki, Scott, Angel, Tom, Peter, Will, Charlie, Steph, Michael, Shona, Hilary

A big thanks to everyone for getting involved!

Read our review, see photos or watch Georgia singing.

Will & Nikki Anjos
BrightonSoup

Life gets in the way sometimes

If everybody that has told us they’re definitely coming next Friday does, then we will be packed. But not everybody that says so will turn up. Things happen, life gets in the way sometimes, even with the best of intentions. So we really have no idea how busy it will be. The only thing we can say with some certainty is that if you really want to be sure you can get in, get a ticket.

Team Soup

Good to Go

A quick update.

First we’ve got to mention Buzz on Boundary. We posted up for help and had immediate offers from Purnima @ Best Wishes and Sally @ Tesco. It’s a great little online community with all the shops helping each other and giving out special offers. Worth checking out.

This weekend emmaus Brighton offered to make soup for us! We already have soup contributors (thanks Tom and Ash), but now, even with a full house (and we’re hoping to get one) nobody’s going hungry. If that wasn’t enough, Joel, the manager, offered emmaus Brighton as a venue for a future event. How great is that! If you haven’t been to emmaus do, it’s more than a huge charity shop: it’s got a great cafe, outside seating, grounds to explore, places to chill and relax, friendly people and a really nice vibe running through it. A beautiful place to spend time on a summer evening. Eating soup 🙂

We also had Emma @ Sainsburys West Hove helping us and Hilary arranging for allotment vegetables. That and with the goodies people are bringing with them, we really are sorted for food. In fact we’re pretty much good to go with food, drink & entertainment. Now time to decide on the projects. So we finished the week meeting Proposers (Entrepreneurs? Pitchers? What do we call them? Suggestions?). Really nice people with great projects and more to meet with this week. We’re closing for submissions soon, but still time if you’re interested – Just be quick!

Not everyone gets a mention, but a big thanks to everyone helping us out.

Team Soup