#BrumSOUP Submissions wanted! Deadline extended…

Have you got an idea that could benefit from a little SOUP cash boost?

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We have had proposals from all sections of the community and projects big and small have been supported by the SOUP community.

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If you have an idea that you would like support with then why not apply? There are only 5 questions to answer on our online form and if you have any access requirements we’d be happy to accept applications in a different format. Just pop us an email to birminghamsoup@gmail.com

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

Deadline: Thursday 14th April 12noon 



The 5th BrumSOUP winner is….


The Danny Campaign! Well done to Emma Turner (pictured centre) who came up with the idea to support ‘rough sleepers’ to communicate with their families via a team of outreach workers who can help make connections.

“Danny Hackett was a young homeless man from Birmingham who passed away in January this year. One of the main issues that Danny’s family faced was that they often were unable to get hold of Danny, or in some cases even locate him, which is where I came up with the idea of the ‘Danny campaign’ which will work on opening up the line of communication for all the homeless people we meet.” Says Emma.

Using a donation system for people to give away their old mobile phones these are then fitted with a sim card (such as giffgaff which allow free network to network calls), loaded with useful numbers and used to help keep track of homeless people who want to let family members know they are OK or where they are.

“We have a direct way of keeping track of people and staying in contact with them again. We hope the opening up of communication lines missing will get these people back in contact with the ones concerned for them.”

Emma received a total donation of £225 from today’s BrumSOUP supporters which will go towards the much-needed PO Box address, advertising the campaign and buying some basic mobile phones to hand out to those who need them.

Congratulations go to our other 3 project pitchers:

Rhys from Shoots of Recovery presented a great project that aims to get people who need support, want to volunteer, get out of the house, or gain new skills to join his social enterprise that uses food growth to help with training and community cohesion. Rhys is launching a crowd funding project in the next week to raise money for equipment.

The Good Gym is a community of runners who keep fit by helping local community organisations. “Instead of lifting things that don’t need lifting in gyms, we run to help those who need it most”. GoodGym is free to participate in and among many things provides manual labour for community orgs, clears derelict land, shifts earth for community gardens, renovates empty spaces and helps any community project that asks for help. As well as this they support those who are isolated and lonely by visiting once a week and helping with basic tasks.

You Only Die Once is one of the themes of ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016’. Anna explained how talking about end of life issues can help to open conversation and help with a ‘good death’. They are planning a full programme of amazing events over 9th-15th of
May 2016.”It will be creative; our core group of artists, writers, undertakers, local charities and healthcare workers are working in our own time pulling together ideas, interweaving music, medicine, performance art, film and literature with information giving to break down barriers and open up conversations. E.g.a Death Disco is already booked, at a local music venue and will be curated by our DJ (and Undertaker) taking the tracks from people’s #funeralplaylist.” #BrumYODO

Thanks go once again to Loaf Online for the bread, Erin & Melanie who made the great soup and cakes, and to anyone kind enough to bring food offerings to this month’s event.

See you in APRIL!


SOUP #5 is almost here and we are very excited to be presenting 4 very worthy new projects.

This week’s SOUP on Saturday 19th March is open to ALL AGES. Bring the family and join us for lunch at Impact Hub Birmingham. We’ll be open from 11am with a kids play area and pitches will start at 12noon (food will be served up after the pitches). Suggested entry to SOUP is £5 (suggested entry £1 for children) with EVERYONE getting a vote – that means the kids too.

SOUP is all about caring and sharing and this goes for our food offer too. We welcome contributions to our dinners in all forms: a cake bought from the supermarket, a pasta dish made at home, cheese & biscuits bought from the deli – we don’t mind!
We make the SOUP (naturally) and our kind friends at LOAF often provide beautiful bread, but variety is the spice of life as they say so anything that we can add is wonderful!
We don’t have facilities to warm up food so please bear that in mind but anything that can be shared is great. Just email the team and let them know what you can bring birminghamsoup@gmail.com.

The project with the most votes in FEB was Beyond Borders (pictured with the SOUP team above) from The GAP Arts Project who are working in collaboration with residents of Birmingham to produce an arts event in response to the border crisis.
It was a hard choice for voters as all 4 pitches were GREAT! But as many of our project pitchers find out; SOUP is not just about winning – it is also about the kind community of people that come together to listen and often offer further support or ideas to help projects in a number of different ways.

Wednesday 20th April (7-9pm)
Doors open an hour before for chats and fun.

If you have a project you want to get off the ground, no matter what stage you are at, then why not pitch at the next SOUP? It is VERY easy to apply via our simple online form. Deadlines for next month is below and all we ask is that your project should benefit the people of your community in some way! Simple… Apply here.

Next deadline: Friday 8th April

Swede & Cardamon Soup (Serves 6 – 8)

Olive oil
2 large onion, & 2-3 celery sticks finely chopped
2 medium Swedes, peeled & chopped into small pieces
2 tbsp Honey or I used Maple syrup
2 Pints approx.. Vegetable stock + cream (optional)
6 – 8 cardamom pods & Thyme

1. Fry the onion and celery in a little olive oil, until soft, seasoning with salt/pepper/thyme & the crushed cardamoms. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until the onions are translucent.
2. Add the chopped Swede & Honey, covering the pan to allow the swede to cook for (20-25 mins). Add just a little bit of water if it starts to stick.
3. Finally, add the vegetable stock – enough to cover the swede – vary amount of stock depending upon the desired consistency. Simmer a bit, then add the cream before blending until it’s smooth. Adjust the seasoning and the consistency (more water/ cream if necessary), and then serve with a bit of grated nutmeg/black pepper on top.
*Adapted from a Gordon Ramsay recipe

A grateful hug to @loafonline

The Birmingham SOUP team just wanted to take a moment to give a shout out, thumbs up and all round grateful hug to Loaf.

Loaf is a food-based social enterprise in Birmingham, UK,  a cookery school where you can learn forgotten food skills, and an innovative community supported bakery.

Loaf aims:

“To promote real food and healthy living in Birmingham, and build community through food ”.

This means bringing forgotten food skills and real food back to our kitchens through our cookery courses, community bakery and pop-up events, and helping to restore our local high street at the same time. Any profit made through these projects is directed towards furthering Loaf’s social objectives. Loaf believes everyone has the right to eat real food. Check out what we mean in our Real Food Manifesto at www.loafonline.co.uk

Loaf have supported Birmingham SOUP since get go and we’re very grateful for their generous donation of bread at our SOUP events.

We’d like to point you in their direction, especially as today is Saturday and you may need warm, soft, fresh gorgeous B R E A D  on your breakfast table.

You can find them on Stirchley high street:

Loaf Bakery and Cookery School
1421 Pershore Road
B30 2JL

Find The Loaf team on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/loafonline/ and on twitter https://twitter.com/loafonline


We’re looking for our 5th SOUP winner – is it you?

Got a project that is in its early stages? Maybe it is just an idea? It might be running already; whatever stage your at with a project idea we want to hear from you!

So far we’ve had a winner who makes cardboard beds for the homeless, a new arts venue looking for money to help decorate their space, a business that reconditions old bikes and an art event that aims to help migrants & refugees.

All incredibly diverse but with ONE thing in common; they want to help the community of Birmingham and make the city a better, brighter place to be.

SO if you have an idea you’ve got just under 24 hours to fill out our proposal form – we promise it is VERY easy. All the details are here.

SOUP #4 – February 2016 – pics are UP!

We have made it to SOUP number 4 and raised over £1500 for 4 very worthy community projects for the city. YAY!

February’s SOUP was an after-work gathering (we like to alternate between Saturday afternoon’s and Thursday post work get togethers) which saw Nyrees from Nettlefest, Sharon from The Square Peg Foundation, the Beyond Borders team from the Gap Arts Project, and the delightfully colourful team from new YouTube channel The Vibe, all pitch for the £315 door takings.

This month’s voting was a close call but it was Gap Arts that caught the audiences imagination!

Thanks to everyone that came along on Thursday evening to support the projects, to LOAF who once again kindly donated bread to go with our delicious SOUP (red lentil dahl and cauliflower &roasted red pepper this month incase you missed out) and Impact Hub Brum for their kind hospitality and use of their amazing space!

Our next SOUP event will be on Saturday 19th March (doors 11am for a 12noon start). Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring the family – kids get a vote too! We’ll be serving up a SOUP lunch and sharing food and snacks donated by guests.

If you have been inspired and have a project idea that benefits the community of Birmingham then why not head over to our ‘Submit a Proposal’ page. Deadline for the next event is Friday 4th March.

Thanks to Ming for the great pics.


The GAP Arts Project is the 4th winner of #BrumSOUP

Last night was our 4th Birmingham SOUP at the glorious Impact Hub Birmingham.

The project with the most votes was Beyond Borders from The GAP Arts Project who are working in collaboration with residents of Birmingham to produce an arts event in response to the border crisis.

‘Using the subject of borders as a starting point we want to raise awareness about the circumstances that refugees and migrants are faced with both when attempting to enter and living in the UK. We are organising a week long exhibition from 9-11th April at Centrala, which includes a series of talks, workshops and performances in various art forms. Our programme will seek to bring people together from all background so that we can share our experiences, question our understandings, and learn from our interactions with each other.

We hope that in the process we can contribute towards strengthening a network and encouraging future collaborations between an already impressive array of artists, activists, organisations and motivated individuals working with refugees and migrant communities within Birmingham. One of the ways in which we aim to achieve this is by the event acting as a fundraiser, with the proceeds going directly towards supporting refugees living in the city and surrounding areas.’

They took home the prize fund of £315.95p towards this brilliant project and will come back to a future SOUP to tell us how they got on.

Get in touch with the team directly if you’d like to get involved with Beyond Borders: Facebook: facebook.com/thegapartsproject Twitter: @GAPArtsProject

If you’d like to submit an idea/project at the next SOUP on March 19th then check out our submissions page. It’s really very easy!

SOUP #4 is this Thursday, 18th Feb!

980443_10153884162935522_1800090951485709706_oWe’ve made it through to mid February and the sun has come out to greet us today so we are feeling VERY happy. And of course we are gearing up for SOUP 4 this week so plenty of reasons to be cheerful!

GREAT NEWS > You’ve helped us raise almost £1200 that has been invested in 3 fantastic projects so far, and this week we have 4 more fab PROJECTS for you to choose from.

This week’s SOUP is an afterwork event at Impact Hub Birmingham. We’ll be open from 6pm with pitches starting at 7pm and as ever we’ll be serving up tasty food after. Rapper Letisha will be providing the musical interlude while you decide who to vote for and they’ll be an opportunity to hear about other projects happening in the city…

Then you are very welcome. We don’t have heating facilities so please bear that in mind but anything that can be shared is great. Just email the team and let them know what you can bring birminghamsoup[@]gmail.com.
If you bring food you can also take the mic and let people know about your projects or events.

Saturday 19th March (12-2pm)
Wednesday 20th April (7-9pm)
Doors open an hour before for chats and fun.

If you have a project you want to get off the ground, no matter what stage you are at, then why not pitch at the next SOUP? It is VERY easy to apply via our simple online form. Deadlines for the next 2 months are below and all we ask is that your project should benefit the people of your community in some way! Simple… Apply here.
Next deadlines: Friday 4th March, Friday 8th April

Help us spread the word of #BrumSOUP and raise money for great projects happening in our city!

Our next evening SOUP is on Thursday 18th February from 6pm…

Date: Our next event takes place on Thursday 18th February.

Times: Doors are open from 6pm and SOUP starts at 7pm.

Impact Hub Birmingham
Walker Building
58 Oxford Street, Digbeth,
Birmingham, B5 5NR

All are welcome, we have baby changing facilities, toys and games for children and Impact Hub Birmingham is an accessible venue. If you have a question about access please contact the team at E. birminghamsoup(at)gmail.com

Entry: There is a suggested door entry of £5 but you can pay more if you would like to.
ALL of the money taken at the door on the night goes to one of the 4 projects presented. Voted by you.

Food: Food is an important part of the SOUP event. But it doesn’t have to just be soup! 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.