Press Release 18/10/2016
CAN SOUP MAKE GLASGOW GREAT AGAIN?
A new way of crowd-funding community projects will be launched in Glasgow tonight (Thursday 17 November). More than 100 people will attend Glasgow Soup to hear pitches by four projects that benefit Glasgow’s East End.
Pitches will include two projects aimed at young people, an inclusive dance group that wants to change perceptions of disability and a children’s theatre project about ‘Brexit’. The audience will also hear from two separate initiatives for people recovering from addictions, a weekly creativity group and year long programme on how to play and make instruments.
Glasgow Soup is inspired by a unique model that originated in Detroit, which has since spread across the globe. The concept is simple: you donate £5 or more on the door, enjoy a bowl of soup and listen to local people pitch ideas that help your community and then 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.
The event is the latest initiative to be launched by the Social Care Ideas Factory, a Glasgow based charity which already runs a range of projects designed to help people to live braver, fuller lives from Paragolf Scotland, which supports sports inclusion, to Wee Enterprizers, which creates innovative employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Founder and Curator of the Social Care Ideas Factory, Charlie B-Gavigan said: “We are delighted to announce that our 4 pitches will be Re-Tune, Indepen-dance, PEEK and Walter Brown. From an inclusive dance group that welcomes people with disabilities, to a creative therapy class for people recovering from addictions; their stories are truly inspiring. We think it’ll be hard to make your choice and vote for your favourite project at the end of the evening. But rest assured that whoever wins, your £5 donation will be going to a great cause that benefits the East End.”
Soup for the first event will be donated by the Spoon Café, a social enterprise café and catering service run by Unity Enterprise to support adults with learning difficulties in a supported working environment.
Emma Soanes, Chief Executive of Unity Enterprise, said: “Here at Unity Enterprise, we believe passionately in the positive power of communities. Experience tells us that great things happen when people get together, get creative and get sharing. Glasgow Soup, like all great ideas, is simple and effective. We are proud to be supporting the Social Care Ideas Factory with this event and we look forward to giving participants a welcome that is as warm as the soup!”
Glasgow Soup event will take place tonight (Thursday 17 November) at the Calton Heritage & Learning Centre from 6-9pm. Tickets must be reserved in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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