A new way of crowd-funding community projects was launched in Glasgow in November. More than 100 people attended Glasgow Soup to hear pitches by four ideas that benefit Glasgow’s East End.
The concept is simple: people donate £5 or more on the door, enjoy a bowl of soup, live music and art exhibits, and listen to local people pitch ideas that help their community. Then they get to vote for their favourite idea. The presenter with the most votes takes home all the money collected at the door to get their idea off the ground.
Pitches on the night included two ideas aimed at young people, an inclusive dance group that wants to change perceptions of disability, and a children’s theatre project.
The audience also heard from two separate initiatives for people recovering from addictions.
The winner on the night took home £500 to develop The Re-Tune Project, a yearlong programme helping 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 old broomsticks and skateboards.
The event is the latest initiative to be launched by the Social Care Ideas Factory, a Glasgow-based ideas incubator charity which already runs a range of projects designed to empower people to live braver, fuller lives.
Soup partnered with 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.
citizenM Glasgow got involved too by donating a free night in their hotel for the top Soup raffle prize!
Glasgow Soup meets again in March 2017.
Photos by citizenCharlie & Social Care Ideas Factory