There’s just one week to go until five East End projects battle it out for the community vote at the next Glasgow Soup. The winning pitch at the innovative micro-granting event, run by charity the Social Care Ideas Factory, will take away £500 to get their project off the ground.


The line-up on Thursday 23 March at the Calton Heritage & Learning Centre includes:


  • The Homeless Barbers, an East End hairdressing duo offering free cuts to homeless and vulnerable people in Glasgow through a pop-up barbershop.
  • Piano City, which accepts donations of acoustic pianos and redistributes these in public spaces across the city including the East End. They also run a ‘pianos on prescription’ initiative that gives free tuition to those most in need.
  • Soundsystems, a youth project in Easterhouse teaching disadvantaged youngsters DJ, MC, song-writing, music production and event promotion skills, as well as how to design, build and operate a sound-system.
  • Mind and Draw, a creative workshop based in the Barras that helps people deal with anxiety, self-motivation and confidence issues through the art of drawing.
  • Empowered Neighbourhoods, a project in Dalmarnock that empowers people with learning disabilities to live independently by helping them with tasks such as shopping or gardening.


In addition to the five pitches David McHarg of the Re-tune Project, which won £500 at the inaugural Glasgow Soup in November, will be back to report on how the money has been spent and to give a special live musical performance. David also has plans to pay it forward on the night: “As our way of giving something back to the East End, we’ll be donating two of our guitars to the raffle, a reconditioned acoustic guitar and handmade guitar fashioned out of a cigar box. We hope this will help raise funds to keep Glasgow Soup going. We want more local people to have the chance to turn their community idea into a reality.”

The next Glasgow Soup takes place on Thursday 23 March at the Calton Heritage Centre from 6-9pm. Entry is by £5 donation and includes soup and scones as well as live music. All the money raised on the door goes to the winning project on the night. Tickets must be reserved and are available from


Media contact:

Lesley Wilkinson

Stirling PR on behalf of Social Care Ideas Factory



Notes to Editors:

  • Glasgow Soup is a new way of crowd-funding community projects. It was first launched in Glasgow in November 2016 to a sell-out crowd and sees individuals, local groups and small charities pitch for projects that benefit the city’s East End. There’s also live music and soup on offer, from which the initiative takes its name.
  • The event 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 four people pitch ideas that help your community and then vote for your favourite project. The presenter with the most votes takes home all the money collected at the door to get their project off the ground.
  • The first winner of Glasgow Soup was The Re-Tune Project. The not-for-profit initiative helps people with post-traumatic stress disorder, from ex-servicemen to refugees, reclaim their potential, make positive life changes and gain news skills through making musical instruments from unwanted wooden objects. Examples include guitars made from an old broomsticks and skateboards. They will return to Soup on the 23rd to report back how the money has been spent.
  • Soup and scones will be provided by Unity Enterprise, a social enterprise which promotes equal opportunities and supports young people and adults with disabilities or social disadvantages through work experience, training, personal development.
  • For further information on Glasgow Soup see
  • Glasgow Soup is run by the Social Care Ideas Factory. The charity 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. For further information