What an incredible evening we all had at the very first Glasgow Soup dinner on Thursday 17th November!

Congratulations to David McHarg and The Re-Tune project for winning £500! They are the winner of the first Glasgow Soup!

The Re-Tune project helps people reclaim their potential, develop new skills and make positive and productive changes to their lives by learning how to build and play a musical instrument. The year long programme helps people set personal development goals and is designed to boost confidence and well-being, as well as reduce social isolation. The practical nature of the project also gives people a number of transferable life skills, from learning how to use fine wood working tools to how to read music and play an instrument. If you want to hear more about the Re-Tune Project you can watch below a short video or Like their Facebook Page The Re-Tune project.

 

We had three other fantastic pitchers on the night: Indepen-Dance, PEEK and Walter Brown’s creative therapy group. Congratulations to them for sharing their stories with us! We were honoured you chose to pitch at Glasgow Soup!

Indepen-Dance

Indepen-dance is an inclusive dance company that brings together disabled and non-disabled dancers to enjoy, express and fulfil their potential through dance. The group has created a new dance show called Four Go Wild in Wellies and would like to visit nurseries and schools to perform their work, with the aim of changing perceptions of disability for the better. The performance will feature 4 of the company’s professional level dancers, two of whom have Down Syndrome, and will be followed by a creative dance workshop for children aged 3 – 5 years. Indepen-dance are also looking to pilot a new group for 8-15 year olds in Easterhouse, to reach children with learning disabilities who currently have limited access to creative movement and dance classes.

Indepen-Dance

Click below to watch a short video of Indepen-Dance talking about their project.

Youth theatre by PEEK

PEEK provides a wide range of play and creative activities for children in the East End of Glasgow. Their mission is to improve the life chances of young people by increasing their confidence and self-esteem, as well as broadening their horizons and interest in the world around them. Young people from some of Glasgow’s most deprived areas are given the opportunity to engage with professional artists and explore the issues which are most important to them. PEEK is pitching for funding for a Youth Theatre project led by young people aged 13 +, who have chosen to create a theatre production exploring the “fall out” from Brexit which will be performed locally in April 2017.

PEEK

 

Click below to watch a short video of Helen talking about PEEK.

 

Walter Brown’s creative therapy group

Walter Brown runs a creative therapy group within the Sunday Recovery Café at Kelvin College’s East End Campus. The popular group is run by and for people recovering from addictions, but has also attracted members of the wider community including people facing social isolation or experiencing mental health issues. Around 20 people attend the group each week. Walter is pitching for funding to purchase materials for the group’s creative activities. Previous classes have brought people and their families together to make a wide range of items from candles and key rings, to fridge magnets and photo canvasses.

Walter Brown