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A Fun filled May!

We are all excited for our upcoming Soup at One Church on the 26th May and being part of the Any Other Business week of events, bringing together social and charitable organisations across our city. There’s plenty of fun community events – most of them free – so we thought we’d mention a couple.

Florence Road Farmer’s Market

The AOB week kicks off at 10 am on Saturday 20th May with the Florence Road Farmer’s Market, hosted by our friends at One Church. With a variety of delicious local foods to get stuck into: from fresh, ethical fish to sourdough breads, farm-direct meat and olive oil – as well as street food and speciality coffee.

The market helps build strong local relationships with weekly shoppers that keep the market going, and vulnerable people served by One Church Brighton who work within the market. This sounds right up our street, combining yummy food with community togetherness! A great way to start the AOB week.

Funding and Fundraising

If you’re interested in fund-raising advice, then Funding and Fundraising – hosted by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival – could be perfect for you.

Can you think of one great piece of fundraising advice you’ve been given? Something that has really helped your cause. Or would you like to hear tips from others fundraisers? Well Chris Llewellyn of the CriSeren Foundation and Stephen Chamberlain from the Sussex Community Foundation will be there talking about working with supporters, raising money for the local community and working in partnership.

This sounds like a great event to gain knowledge and share experience in fundraising! Its at the The Basement, Kensington Street from 5pm – 6:30 pm. So come along, get some advice, give some advice and get connected.

For details and tickets to these and other AOB events visit AOB EventBrite. And you can get tickets for ours here.

We hope to see you at some of these wonderful events in May,  and at our next Soup!

Team Soup

We took it to The Bridge

Wow, I think we had another great Soup. The run up is always nerve-wracking; will all the guests turn up, how much will we raise, will any of the projects drop out, will the entertainer make it, will we run out of soup? We always worry, but it always seems to turn out well. It must be down to the ingredients.  Firstly the passionate people who pitch great projects, to the wonderfully enthusiastic people volunteering, and then topped with the awesome warm and generous people who attend our events.

Like Matt Brabner, who persuaded his boss and colleagues at Natural Balances to dedicate their Bright10 run to  previous pitchers, Rhythmix. How great is that, and completely in the spirit of BrightonSoup. It’s always such a great crowd at our events, all wanting to be part of something bigger and to support each other. It was great to see that two thirds of you were attending your first Soup!

As usual it was really hard to decide on who to vote for. We had great impassioned pitches from Debbie for Cook and Creche, helping people eat healthy on a budget – with child care 2016-09-23-213025-088-sla-copyincluded; Xavier with republic, helping the hardest to reach young people learn a skill, gain confidence and get work – all through coffee; Duncan from Brighton Bike Hub about his DIY community workshop cycle repair project, where volunteers and users help each other. In the end it was Elaine from The Hummingbird Project – who plans to encourage local folk to foster unaccompanied children from the Calais refugee camps – who got the vote and takes £462 in door money and donations.

You can find out more about each of the projects ad how to contact them here.

Julian from Free Uni Brighton, winner of our last event at Emmaus, came back to tell us how they’ve gotten on since then and how the money you gave them has helped them to continue giving free education for all regardless of your ability to pay. If you want to do some learning of your own, Forensic Crime or Latin maybe, then get in touch.

2016-09-23-210302-1279-wca-copyAs always we like you to be entertained with some musical genius, and we had the talented Harry Osborne performing some of his songs. Some deep, jazzy and some funky, I think we speak for everyone when we say it was superb. Thanks Harry!

We also met the guys from Middlesbrough Soup hope4boro! It’s always great to meet fellow Soupers and share our learning and experiences – we picked up some great suggestions. Obviously we we’re super busy on the night but it was good to have you there so thanks for coming, 2016-09-23-185125-026-sla-copyWe hope to be up your way soon. We visited Ely Soup a while back and we’re definitely keen to get out more and attend other soups. Soup Love!

And speaking of soup love, a big thanks to our awesome soup makers; we had another 5 tasty soups to try out. Tom from The Soup Dept couldn’t be there again, but gave us soup anyway. Lizzie and Sam came back again and we had a BrightonSoup newcomer Connie, who works at The Bridge Kitchen. All were souper amazing, so check out what deliciousness they made us here.

2016-09-23-204522-0424-cda-copySo many people helped contribute to this event, whether it was people bringing along food to share or local businesses donating raffle prizes, so lets have a little appreciation and check out our contributors section for details.

A special mention has to go to Sam and her team at The Bridge – who invited us over, let us use their lovely space and and made us feel really, really welcome. And they gave us two delicious soups too. Thanks!

2016-09-23-213327-0510-cda-copyAmong the many first timers at Friday’s Soup was Pete West, Mayor of Brighton & Hove. It was great he took the time to join us and had some very lovely heartfelt words to say at the end of the night. Supporting what we try to achieve at BrightonSoup and to all the projects and people that are involved. He’s already asked to be kept in the loop for our next events, so he can join us again. Is BrightonSoup addictive?

Next up we’re back at Community Base in central Brighton on the 2nd December, so save the date and more details will follow. But to finish up, we’d like to say again a big thank you to everyone involved. Without you all we wouldn’t be able to keep going.

Till next time you souperstars,

  • To see the full details on the event, who the contributors were and how you can get involved with any of the projects check out the event archive page.
  • You can check out the event photos on facebook album, so get tagging 🙂

Team Soup

 

So who can pitch at BrightonSoup?

Just 10 days to go until January 29th – the submission deadline for presenting a project at our next event in February. So what would it be like to come and pitch at a BrightonSoup event?

Well doors open an hour before the pitches start. So people can come in, get a drink, biscuit maybe, look around and find somewhere to sit. We like you to arrive early and put out posters and leaflets about your project for people to check out.

Then we’re ready to start the pitches.

Pitching

We usually have 4 projects to be pitched. When it’s your turn you stand up and speak for 4 minutes, explaining what your project is and how the money would help. Then answer a few audience questions. There’s no presentation or slides, no tech, we keep it old school: just you talking to people (well you can have a prop or an outfit – we don’t mind it being fun 🙂 )

We offer pitch training if you’re not used to doing something like this. We have some great people to advise and help you figure what to say, picking out the important parts you need to get across – and how best to say it. This training is so handy you’ll find it helping you in others aspect of your life and work.

It takes about 40 minutes for all 4 presenters to finish, then it’s eating and voting time.

Eating & Voting

We will have 4 or 5 delicious soups prepared for us by local chefs, mostly gluten free vegetarian/vegan and a selection of breads, cakes and other tasty items that people have brought along. So now it’s time to get some food and mingle. It may sound daunting, but this isn’t a room full of hard-faced investors, these are really friendly people who came along because they want to get involved and help. They paid the £4 entry donation knowing it’s going to do some good.

Some people will come looking for you anyway. They may have questions or want to offer you help – materials or skills, offers of training or volunteers. You’re connecting with people, getting your idea out there and you’re surrounded by people wanting to get involved. It’s not all about the money.

After ¾ hour or so depending on how busy it is, we close the vote.

Entertainment

Then it’s time to count votes and money. It may be nail-biting time for you, but we hope to pass the time with our raffle draw and some great musical entertainment provided by local artists. After about 20 minutes or so we get a quick update from a previous winner. The we announce the night’s winner.

It can be a fun evening, where you get a chance to meet interesting people who may be able to help you with your project. We can’t promise you’ll win, but we believe you will find it a genuinely rewarding experience.

So who can pitch?

Anyone! That’s the great thing about it. You don’t have to be part of an organisation or business. You don’t need a “business plan” or anything formal. The only condition is that it has to be something charitable that will benefit the communities of Brighton & Hove.

So it can just be you with a really great idea that you want to get started, asking for money and help. You talk about it to a group of eager people, and if you’re idea gets enough of them interested – you just might get them to back you.

How cool is that?

You still have time to submit.

Team Soup

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

Get your tickets here.

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

Get your ticket here 🙂

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

Soupateers!

If everyone who has said they’re coming turns up, it’s going to be a packed house – with one happy project getting a cash boost. Though it isn’t just about the money. We hope to bring together those starting projects with those wanting to get involved. Maybe those with some spare time and lots of energy. Or those with bigger pockets. And let’s face it, those that just love soup.

That’s the beauty, you don’t just get to vote for a project you like, you could find yourself getting involved in one. Utilising your own skills or learning new ones. Doesn’t even have to be the winning project, you could help one of the other projects that interested you. Inspiration could hit you with an idea of your own or get together with another Souper to start something. Limitless possibilities, just for turning up.

And speaking of projects, we’ve had another submission and some enquiries so it looks like we’ll have no trouble filling the four slots. We’ve also had a really kind offer from Alan the Printer for some free posters, how cool is that! We’ll be out and about putting them up somewhere near you later this week.

BrightonSoup @ Portslade, an opportunity for all to get involved. Eating good food, bumping into friends and neighbours, meeting new people and maybe having some fun along the way.  Who wouldn’t want to be there?

The BrightonSoup Team