Crowdfunding community project Bristol Soup has chosen the top four community projects that are through to the next stage of pitching.
The Bristol Soup event will take place at OVO Energy’s HQ on 22 Feb, get your ticket here. On the day, four community projects from across Bristol will have four minutes to pitch their ideas and initiatives. In return for a £4 entry donation, attendees will receive bread, soup and a ballot to cast for their favourite pitch.
The community project that receives the most votes will walk away with all the money raised, and valuable community connections.
This year the successful event is sponsored by Bristol organisations; Greenhouse PR, OVO Energy and Vegware. With generious donations of food from Harts Bakery, Hobbs House Bakery and Chatterton’s Café.
Jenny Briggs, Account Executive at Greenhouse PR has been running Bristol Soup for over a year, ever since she read an article on the BBC called ‘How soup can change the world’. She then took the opportunity to be trained Amy Kaherl, the Founder of Detroit Soup.
“You can think of it as Dragon’s Den with a community development twist. Bristol Soup is about placing the power and initiative back into the hands of the community. At a Soup event you can hear directly from the projects you are supporting and watch how your contribution helps them grow.”
– Jenny Briggs.
Using the community as a driver of positive change, the ‘Soup’ model has five key themes:
- Gather – a diverse group from the community
- Pitch – four ideas, four minutes each
- Ask – four questions
- Eat – and discuss the ideas, make connections
- Vote – winner takes all the door money
The four projects chosen to pitch for funding at next week’s event are:
– Safe Space, a free, independent sexual violence support group, created by survivors for survivors.
– Berry Maze – an innovative project from the volunteers in the area and the children from Parson Street Primary School who want to build a berry maze for the enjoyment of the whole community.
– Bristoljamplan – an initiative turning surplus produce into delicious preserves to be used by shelters around Bristol.
– The Old Library – a scheme from the South Lockleaze & Purdown Neighbourhood Group C.I.C. who have recently fought and succeeded in taking on Eastville Library as a community space, and now need soup funds to help to turn this vision into reality.
Previous winners and non-winners alike, have gone on to achieve brilliant things. The winner of the first Bristol Soup event, Samantha from Bristol West Indian Phoenix Cricket Club, aimed to raise funds for new cricket equipment for the small inner city team.
“Bristol Soup enabled us to get new kit, attract new young people to the sport and be a bigger part of the local community”
– Samantha, Bristol West Indians Phoenix Cricket Club
To attend the event on 22nd February, 18:30, at OVO Energy’s Bristol headquarters, buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-soup-tickets-30208227622?aff=eac2