Are you ready for the Soup Revolution?
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With special guest Janey Godley – friend and supporter of Glasgow Soup!
Fresh from winning an Icon Award for venue of the Year 2017, The Spoon Café by Unity is proud to bring you the only event in Glasgow where a fiver gives you the power to make a real difference – Glasgow Soup!
Glasgow’s East End is bursting with creative ideas to boost and support the community.
How do you fancy a free Community Library on your doorstep, or what about legal advice for deaf Glaswegians in the East End? Maybe you’d support a Barrowland Park Christmas event for the community or perhaps Collaborative Creativity in the Calton would get your vote.
Who’s idea is the best? Well at Glasgow Soup you decide!
Glasgow Soup is an event where individuals, community groups and small charities can pitch for funding for projects that benefit Glasgow’s East End, and the community decides who wins!
Inspired by a unique model that originated in Detroit and has since spread across the globe, the concept of Glasgow Soup is simple: you donate £5 on the door, enjoy a bowl of soup and some homebaking, listen to local people pitch ideas that help your community, have a chat and vote for your favourite idea. The presenter with the most votes takes home all the money collected at the door to get their project off the ground.
After being launched by the Social Care Ideas Factory in 2016, Glasgow Soup is now being hosted by Unity. This Scottish Charity deliver a range of services and projects supporting vulnerable and excluded people across the West of Scotland. They also run ‘The Spoon Café’, a social enterprise offering work experience and training to those facing barriers to employment, and providing food and warmth to anyone who needs it. Spoon will be providing the soup and baking for all future events.
CEO of Unity, Emma Soanes said: “it is our privilege to carry on the legacy of Glasgow Soup. Having provided the soup for previous events we have seen first hand the impact on the individuals and organisations in the local community. We’ve been utterly inspired and want to nurture this wonderful, simple idea. At Glasgow Soup, good ideas really can become a reality. The event is open to anyone: if you have a great idea that could benefit the East End of Glasgow, or you just want to support local community-based projects. For just £5, you can enjoy some fresh homemade soup and baking courtesy of the Spoon Café and their team, have a good blether, enjoy some music, then vote for your favourite idea and go home with a smile, knowing you’ve genuinely made a meaningful contribution.”
Glasgow’s next Soup event will take place at the Calton Heritage & Learning Centre on Thursday 28th September and you can look forward to four very different pitches. They will each have four minutes to convince you to vote for them.
The criteria is really simple, as Emma Soanes explains: “You can genuinely pitch any idea so long as your proposal benefits people in the East End and is small scale enough for a donation of around £500 to make a difference. It might not seem a lot, but the concept isn’t just about money. It is about bringing people together, being creative and having a voice. People can really make positive changes in their neighbourhoods with a bit of support and belief. At Unity, our aims are Equality, Inclusion and Opportunity – we believe Glasgow Soup fosters all three, all rolled into a fun event with some great soup and scones!”
Free tickets for the first Glasgow Soup Event can be reserved in advance via Eventbrite. On the night, please bring along a donation of £5 or more to secure your soup and your vote.
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Unity is a Scottish Charity providing support to vulnerable and excluded people in the West of Scotland in a variety of settings. We offer support, advice, training and employment in a variety of settings to people affected by homelessness, refugees, carers, young people and people with a learning disability. We believe in fair and inclusive communities where people are valued and have opportunities to fulfil their potential.