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December SOUP – ways to get involved in our Wonderful Winter Warmer

For our December SOUP we are here to look after your pre-festive sanity.

We know how it gets towards the crazy season; excess food, shopping madness, busy High Streets, bitterly cold weather and short tempers can catch the best of us out so let the calm of Brum SOUP be the antidote – here’s how to get yourself involved in next month’s all-ages event.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 01Come along and share the love

Take a load off. The thought of another walk around the city centre, dodging the busy German Market and queuing for shopping is too much so how about investing in a new project instead? Give someone the gift of a new enterprise to start in 2017 by placing your donation on the door and voting for the project you like the most.
We’ll feed you with some warming soup and we guess there will probably be a mince pie in it for you too (if you’re not sick of them by then). Hey if someone starts on the Irish Coffees we won’t complain😉
Share the Facebook event with your friends here.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 02 Pitch that project you really want to get off the ground

Start 2017 with cash to help get make your project a reality. Fill out the easy, peasy application, sit back and wait to see if you are shortlisted. If you are you’ll get an email inviting you to do a 4 minute show & tell of your project idea (whatever stage you are at). The winner takes the door money so tell your friends and family to come and vote for you.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 03Apply for a stall at our Wonderful Winter Warmer Craft Fair

With a week before Christmas we’re offering up to 10 crafters, artists and makers the chance to host their own little stall at our event and sell some items. You’ll have a captive audience of lovely folks who have turned out to support one of four people to win the Brum SOUP funding pot for December. Rather than head in to the busy High Street you can entice our guests with your lovely items and hopefully make a bit of money too.

How to apply for a stall
We’re looking for people from Birmingham and the local area who make their own items whether that is handmade jewellery, jars of winter chutney, scented candles, screen printed artworks, greeting cards, gifts, tote bags, clothing and accessories or homewares. Ideally they will be quality items that can be bought as gifts or as a treat.

Space is very limited so please email us and let us know:
-What you want to sell – please send a couple of images
-Price range of the items you want to sell (from £X to £X)
-A sentence or two about who you are and why you’d like a stall

Email the info to birminghamsoup[@]gmail.com by the 5th December and we’ll let you know if you have been successful.Cost: Like all SOUP attendees and helpers, we request a donation of £5 (or more) towards the pot for the winning project.

We hope to see you in December for the last SOUP of 2016.

 

SOUP 1st Birthday round-up

OK folks we were SO excited to get to out first birthday in October, and were totally on a high thanks to everyone that came and made it so special, that we forgot to add our lovely pics of the night.

We made screen printed tea towels (designed by our very own Erin and commissioned in conjunction with Eye Candy), we had the most STUNNING birthday cake created by Have Some Cake, a mocktail bar created by Girl Dreamer and 4 excellent projects to vote for… What. A. Night!

SO 1 year of #BrumSOUPS and what have we done? Well over 500 of you lovelies have generously invested almost £3,000 in 10 projects. You have listened to 38 people with projects tell their story and helped many of the projects with advice, assistance and knowledge.

The projects with the most votes and receiving funding were:

1. Elliot Lord – Creating unique card beds for homeless people
2. Mohammed Aerosol AliThe Hubb Arts Centre in Sparkbrook
3. Second Pedals – A bike regeneration project
4. The GAP Arts Project – A young people’s art project in response to the refugee crisis
5. The Danny Campaign – Helping the homeless keep in touch with loved ones
6. Tasty Waste – Reducing food waste through education and community workshops
7. SAD GIRLS CLUB – A collective space for young women with anxiety
8. TICS Magazine – A web based magazine raising awareness of what its like to live with Tourettes
9. LIFT Matters – A social enterprise helping young people achieve their dreams
10. Dibah – Welcome Walk (although Dibah shared her investment with Sharon from Square Peg, Ben from The Real Junk Food Project and Jodi from One Million Lovely Letters – so you could say we’ve had 13 winners).

Our pot luck dinners have served up around 18 Soups (made by our talented SOUP makers from Bearwood Kitchen), countless delish salads and around 200 loaves (kindly donated by LOAF).

By coming to *Impact Hub (*and thank you kindly guys for all the support and hosting us) you have helped to make a real difference to people’s lives. Beyond the people pitching the projects there are of course all the people that the projects help in Birmingham.

SO when’s the next one?
Our next #BrumSOUP is a ‘Wonderful Winter Warmer’ where we’ll be offering you a safe haven to get out of the crazy pre-xmas shopping madness on Saturday 17th December at our home Impact Hub. It’s a family friendly SOUP so all-ages are very welcome.

Doors open 11am and we start at 12noon.

*HOLD*THE*PHONE* Here’s the all important 1st Birthday #BrumSOUP line-up…

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We’re getting super excited about out 1st Birthday party this Thursday at Impact Hub Birmingham with Eye Candy, Birmingham’s own festival of all things visual.

You will of course, hear from four brilliant projects, who all want to make a difference to a Birmingham community, and because, I’m not sure if we’ve mentioned it – It’s our birthday, we’ve got some extra little birthday flourishes to this month’s event, here is what you can expect…

GirlDreamer Mocktail Bar
GirlDreamer is part of mOmhead‘s empowerment platform for girls and young women on a mission to educate, elevate and empower through fashion, community events and school programmes.

For Birmingham Soups 1st birthday, we will be hosting an exclusive GirlDreamer Mocktail Bar for the night. We’ll be mixing, shaking and stirring up a range of tasty and refreshing drinks.

Live Screen Printing with INKwell – You can try your hand at screen printing and take home your own limited edition Birmingham SOUP Tea Towel.

It wouldn’t be a birthday without cake, so be first in the queue for our specially made birthday cake, created by artisan cake connoisseur HAVE+SOME+CAKE.

Tunes will be provided by the most excellent Bearwood Banditsexpect folk, blue grass and everything in-between.

As usual SOUP will be freshly prepared and served by the hot chicks of the Bearwood Pantry and tasty Bread kindly donated by Loaf, Stirchley’s community bakery and cookery school.

With a suggested entrance fee of £5, you the SOUP community will cast your vote and the project with the most votes wins the money taken on the door plus a generous top up fund from Eye Candy and will leave with the funds that evening.

TAKE TO THE SOAPBOX AT SOUP. If you are able to bring some food or drink to share, you’ll have the option of taking to the SOUP soapbox for one minute, to share whatever you’d like with the audience. Please note that we don’t have a science oven, so cold food please bab. 

Birmingham SOUP 1st Birthday special in conjunction with Eye Candy / Thursday 20th October / 6pm – late / Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham B5 5NY

You can book in advance via Eventbrite (please note the Eventbrite booking charge of 90p per transaction) or turn up on the day with cash – all proceeds go towards the winning project.

Present your idea at our Birthday SOUP…

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SOUP is a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.

If you would like to pitch a proposal at Birmingham SOUP please take a moment to read our rules and application process on the website before submitting your form.

We only have 2 Rules:

-The idea must benefit the Birmingham community, we want to be democratic, creative, sustainable and inclusive.

– You can not use PowerPoint to Present your project. We DO NOT use technology to present, no powerpoint – we just hear from the people and their ideas. Each project has 5 minutes to present their idea to the dinner and could go home with all the door money to start things off!

The deadline to pitch at our October SOUP is Friday 14th October 5pm. The application form is super simple – only 5 easy questions. Good luck!

https://birminghamsoup.co.uk/submit-a-proposal/

Birmingham SOUP is ONE!

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What a year it has been! Over the year we have held 9 SOUPs at Impact Hub BirminghamBirmingham SOUP has been likened to real-time crowd-funding and is part of the SOUP revolution sweeping across the globe originating with Detroit SOUP.

At each SOUP the audience hears the stories of four brilliant projects, who all want to make a difference to a Birmingham community, with a suggested entrance fee of £5, we’ve had a generous community of 492 attendees. At Birmingham SOUP we encourage folks to bring and share food and our lovely ladies Mel and Erin from the Bearwood Pantry have made a total of 18 Soups from food donated from local allotments or local supermarkets – flavours have included; chilled pea and mint and delicious daal, we’ve been lucky enoug to dunk delicious local bread kindly donated by Loaf, a community bakery in Stirchley. Then, after hearing the projects and eating a potluck style supper the audience cast their vote and the project with the most votes wins the money taken on the door and leaves with the funds that evening.

Over the year our community of 492 attendees/investors, have given generously on the door with the average donation of £5.26. They have listened to 34 people with projects tell their story, and out of those, 9 people/projects have received seed funds totalling £2,589.95. 

The projects receiving funding were;

  • Elliot Lord – Creating unique card beds for homeless people
  • Mohammed Aerosol Ali – The Hubb Arts Centre in Sparkbrook
  • Second Pedals – A bike regeneration project
  • The GAP Arts Project – A young people’s art project in response to the refugee crisis
  • The Danny Campaign – Helping the homeless keep in touch with loved ones
  • Tasty Waste – Reducing food waste through education and community workshops 
  • SAD GIRLS CLUB – A collective space for young women with anxiety
  • TICS Magazine – A web based magazine raising awareness of what its like to live with Tourettes
  • LIFT Matters – A social enterprise helping young people achieve their dreams

On 20th October we invite you to our 1st Birthday party jamboree at Impact Hub Birmingham including live screen printing, music, cake, mocktails, art and SOUP in conjunction with Eye Candy, Birmingham’s own festival of visual culture.

We’re pleased to be celebrating our 1st Birthday with the generous support of Eye Candy and have lots of special SOUP related goodness to share. More details to follow….

You can book in advance via Eventbrite (please note the Eventbrite booking charge of 90p per transaction) or turn up on the day with cash – all proceeds go towards the winning project.

TAKE TO THE SOAPBOX AT SOUP. If you are able to bring some food or drink to share, you’ll have the option of taking to the SOUP soapbox for one minute, to share whatever you’d like with the audience.

Birmingham SOUP 1st Birthday special in conjunction with Eye Candy / Thursday 20th October / 6pm – late / Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Birmingham B5 5NY

Birmingham SOUP 1st Birthday special in conjunction with Eye Candy

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Birmingham SOUP 1st Birthday special in conjunction with Eye Candy

Thursday 20th October / 6pm – late / Impact Hub Birmingham / Book in advance 

On 20th October we invite you to our 1st Birthday party jamboree at Impact Hub Birmingham including live screen printing, music, cake, mocktails, art and SOUP in conjunction with Eye Candy, Birmingham’s own festival of visual culture.

You’ll hear from four brilliant projects, who all want to make a difference to a Birmingham community, with a suggested entrance fee of £5 we encourage to bring and share food. After hearing the projects and eating a potluck style supper you cast your vote and the project with the most votes wins the money taken on the door and leaves with the funds that evening.

Birmingham SOUP has been likened to real-time crowd-funding and is part of the SOUP revolution sweeping across the globe originating with Detroit SOUP.

We’re pleased to be celebrating our 1st Birthday with the generous support of Eye Candy and have lots of special SOUP related goodness to share.

Book in advance via Eventbrite (please note the Eventbrite booking charge of 90p per transaction) or turn up on the day with cash – all proceeds go towards the winning project.

TAKE TO THE SOAPBOX AT SOUP. If you are able to bring some food or drink to share, you’ll have the option of taking to the SOUP soapbox for one minute, to share whatever you’d like with the audience.

www.birminghamsoup.co.uk

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facebook.com/birminghamsoup

Twitter.com/BirminghamSoup

A summer SOUP recap…

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Our last Birmingham Soup of the season went off with a bang!

Three projects pitched:

1. Reneta Wallen from LIFT Matters – “a gateway for young people to lift their self-esteem, confidence and empower them to have ambition to succeed, drive and motivation”. Reneta spoke about how many needless deaths were happening in her community, and how she decided she was going to do something about it.

liftmatters.co.uk

2. Adam Eddleston spoke about Acorn Birmingham – a local chapter of a bigger volunteer organisation that helps communities to build the leadership, capacity and skills of our communities to tackle the vested interests of landlords, for example, and hold decision-makers to account.

acorncommunities.org.uk

3. Raquel Macartney spoke about here art project “Seasons Come And Seasons Go” which helps children to connect with nature and put on exhibitions of their response to the seasons.

We’d suggested a 70s theme, which lead to some interesting food – including vol-au-vents and a dal made by a visiting Nepalese chef!

The whole vibe of the day was warm, focused and incredibly supportive.

Reneta got the most votes and walked away with £145 and a 3-month Mission Birmingham membership of the Impact Hub, which means she can use it as a base two days a month as a base to organise from.

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Thanks to everyone who came, cooked, ate, talked, supported, cleared away – and, as always, to Loaf who supplied the delicious bread

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We’ve had a lovely break over the summer, and hope you have too. Our next Soup will be on 20th October, 6.30-9.00pm.

If you know of any projects that could do with more awareness (and a bit of cash!) send them to:

https://birminghamsoup.co.uk/submit-a-proposal

The form is super-simple to fill out – not Dragon’s Den!

And if you’re interested in helping Birmingham Soup in any way, just get in touch!

See you in October…

July #BrumSOUP – ideas wanted….

Do you have an idea for  a project, initiative or business that could benefit a community in Birmingham or perhaps your pre-existing idea/business would like some #BrumSOUP love? Your idea can be 25 years old or written on the back of an envelope – as long as it strives to do good in Brum, we would love to hear from you. You don’t need a bank account or a legal status (other than human). The online application is really simple just a couple of questions. If chosen you will be invited to share your idea with the attendees of SOUP on Saturday 23rd July at Impact Hub Birmingham. If you win the majority of votes you get to go home with an envelope full of cash. It really is that simple.

A bit like real-time crowd funding, only with SOUP and cake and a room full of lovely supportive people.

What have you got to lose?

Apply here: https://birminghamsoup.co.uk/submit-a-proposal/

Take to the Soapbox at SOUP

Food is at the heart of Birmingham SOUP events (as the name suggests…). Once we’ve heard pitches from some inspiring local projects, attendees sit down to share a meal together and discuss what they’ve heard.

10557305_10152167048611875_3595436961043145844_nBut – we really want SOUP to be more than just the pitches that make it through to the live events (sadly we can’t have everyone who applies pitch at every event). Our aim is to be a democratic platform for all things making Birmingham to be a better community to be part of, and to provide a space to learn about new goings-on in the city.

Given we’re all about contributing & community, we’d love to invite attendees to bring along food to share with the group – it doesn’t have to be soup! Past attendees have brought salads, cakes and bread to share – you don’t even have to bring a lot, just what you can.

If you are able to bring something to share, we’ll invite you to take to the SOUP soapbox for one minute, to share whatever you’d like with the audience.

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It may be something you’re working on, an event you’d like to promote, a cause you’d like to draw attention to; as long as it fits the criteria of benefitting the community of Birmingham, then we’re all ears.

If you would like to bring a dish to share with other supporters just email birminghamsoup [@] gmail.com and let us know what you would like to bring!