There’s just one week to go until five East End projects battle it out for the community vote at the next link dating app 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:


  • Tastylia without prescription The Homeless Barbers, an East End hairdressing duo offering free cuts to homeless and vulnerable people in Glasgow through a pop-up barbershop.
  • enter site 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.
  • here 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.
  • here 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.
  • enter 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 binary option indicator 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


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