For our 17th BrightonSoup event, we returned to St Richard’s Community Centre, where we held our second soup, back in September 2015.
We list here everyone that organised, volunteered, cooked, entertained, provided prizes, decorations, pitched, won and basically helped make it all happen:
St Richard’s Community Centre
The Projects & Pitchers
A huge thanks to all the pitchers taking part on the night, we couldn’t do it without you!
Matthew Moors and Jo pitched and won £446 in donations for thei their D-Mob – Dementia Peer Support Group, helping those living with dementia to be heard, remain active and feel mutually supported.
Previoius winner Boudicca Pepper came back to give an update on the AudioActive project. Back in July 2018 she – along with Isha and Tom from Audio Active – won £448.00 for their Young Women Tech Group Project. Boudicca told us about how the projects has grown since then.
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 – Vertigirls
Vertigirls is a non profit community group run by volunteers, established in 2008 to help empower women with additional needs through the sport of rock climbing.
We run low cost indoor climbing courses. For progression we have weekly sessions at local indoor walls. We have 4-6 subsidised outdoor climbing trips throughout the summer.
We need some new safety equipment to use and loan to our participants or there is no climbing. We need climbing harnesses, climbing ropes and technical gear needed to set up climbs. Harnesses are generally £40-60 We need 4 so max £240
Ropes are generally £40-60 We need 2 so max £120. The technical equipment we need for set up will be about £200. For those that understand climbing jargon we need a full rack, carabiners, slings, belay devices and rope protectors We are working on a deal with DMM to get these things at cost price.
Pitching: Christine Belk
Contact: Christine Belk
07780 637 271
2 – D-Mob – Dementia Peer Support Group (Winner)
D-Mob is a local dementia peer support group formed in early 2018. Members come from all walks of life, some living with dementia others supporting people living with dementia.
It is estimated there are approximately 3000 people living with dementia in the city – projected to be 3500 by 2030.
Currently the Alzheimer’s peer support group only provides a group for one year after diagnosis. D-Mob plugs this gap!
Through monthly social gatherings D-Mob provides invaluable opportunity for the voice of people living with dementia to be heard, for people to remain active and to feel mutually supported.
Pitching: Matthew Moors Jo
Contact: Matthew Moors
07872 846 337
3 – CravenVale Honey Collective
An environmental, educational and community project to get the local residents buzzing! The idea is to introduce two Bee Hives into the residential area of CravenVale (North Kemptown). CravenVale is a housing estate with a mix of private and council housing. It has a dense population and good community hub in the heart of it that runs various activities, cafe and a Friday food bank.
The aim is to train community volunteer beekeepers to look after the bees. While a long side run an educational community study group for self directed learning, inviting in local experts to speak and share
their knowledge. To plant and maintain bee friendly plants and herbs all around the estate.
There is the opportunity for competitions and participations from local schools and business. The idea is to eventually have CravenVale honey produced in the ‘Vale’ along with Beeswax candles and bowls.
This project would benefit the whole community as it has something to offer all ages. From training up young-old beekeepers to educational workshops for children and a study group for adults. It will hopefully bring the community together and integrate all ages in the fascination of our new residents. It also aims to encourage outdoor activity whilst checking on the bees and planting/maintaining the plants, flowers and herbs. It would bring a buzz to our community especially once the honey arrives and there is the opportunity to taste, sell and enter competitions.
The funding would go towards Beekeeping training for two volunteers, the Beehive’s, Beekeeping suits for adults and children. It would also help to secure a safe place to facilitate
the educational groups and workshops. The funding could be put towards the plants and flowers needed to create a bee friendly environment.
We have the local Council behind the idea and hopefully will work alongside the Worthing Honey Collective who already have established hives all around worthing and are keen to
share their knowledge and point us in the right direction.
Pitching: Rachel Clatworthy
Contact: Rachel Clatworthy
4 – Tandem Rides 4 Health
This pilot project aims to improve wellbeing through getting people who are not active out on tandem bike rides along Brighton seafront.
Each person will be offered a number of rides on safe cycle paths with a volunteer tandem lead rider. It is hoped that the outdoor activity and company will lead to wellbeing benefits and we will ask for feedback at the start, mid and end points.
If successful, we will seek additional funding. The bikes are being supplied by Brighton Beach Bikes.
Pitching: Margaret Cooney & Mark Hedger
Contact: Margaret Cooney
07771 893 983
Music – 4 Young Songwriters
A massive thank you to Boudicca Pepper, Miri, Nina & Ellie for entertaining us on the evening with a superb set of originals tracks. The first time a previous winner has returned to perform. They had such a wearm response and promised to return.
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 Jim Gray for once again bringing along some of his 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.
We raised £243 so a HUGE thank you!
A special thanks to:
- Olivia Canham for helping host the selection meeting, and Caz O’Kane, Matt Brabner, Claire Finn and Emma Davidson for the tough job of deciding on the pitching projects for this event.
- Lizzie Batten & Sam Redfern for once again providing lovely soup and spending the evening serving people.
- Alex Keene for taking some brilliant photos. And Jes Bailey & Jess for doing our social media photos and videos for the evening.
- Shelley, Emma & Lynne for helping set up and staying late to clear up. And Lynne for a fanbtastic job on the raffle.
- And a massive big thank you to everyone who helped clear up on the night! Special mention to Ollie for halping wash up :).
What a souper lovely bunch of people you all are!
Please forgive us if we missed anyone out, and please let us know so we can update the page.
Until next time!
We are grateful to the funding we have received from Brighton & Hove City Council and the Sussex Community Foundation.