Changing the way people fund projects in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen soupAberdeen Soup has been supporting community organisations and entrepreneurs to develop social projects in Aberdeen.  Last Sunday evening (26 November) was our 1st Anniversary and we were delighted to announce the 5th winner of  Aberdeen Soup was a project being developed by Katy Fraser called Little Bon Cook School. They received the most votes on the night and deservingly they went away with all the donations raised on the night.

We had lots of volunteers help out including friends, friends we made on the night and the pupils from Robert Gordon’s College in S4/S5. We did a 6 week programme with the pupils to discuss the project,  understand the challenges that Aberdeen face and get them volunteer ready for the event.

20170205_183630A quick round up of the projects that presented.

1. Winter Care, when people suffer from domestic abuse, they are often vulnerable and can find themselves in poverty. This project looks to support them through the winter months and make sure they are safe, warm and have basic provisions. The project is part of the bigger project time to heal that supports vulnerable survivors of domestic abuse to learn skills that they can use to gain confidence, interact better and gain employment.  Continue reading

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Break through what you think the city is…to what you think the city can be.

Over the past few weeks we have been busy with getting the next event set up and delighted to say we are in the last week of planning.

Inspire – Engage – Act

We are looking forward to hearing from four projects that are open to creating positive change in the city and our diners will be supporting them along their journey.

When this picture appeared, it was thought that it really sums up how we are feeling just now. I am sure you will agree! Come along to our next event to find out how you can get involved and be a driver of change.

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We need your ideas…

Aberdeen SOUP – 26 November

Get your idea heard…and funded! 

Get Inspired…Become Involved…Encourage Others…

We are looking for people who have inspired ideas for projects, community business, social entrepreneurship and innovative solutions to local problems to submit a short application form to share their amazing ideas with the wider community.

We are looking for four main pitches…one lucky pitch to receive all proceeds from the event (approx £450- £500 reached on previous evenings).

Fill in the application form here

https://goo.gl/forms/JxbytJcDWcu02wFE3

The closing date for submissions is Sunday 12 November

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We want you…apply to pitch for funding for your idea now!

Get Inspired….Become Involved….Encourage Others.. We are looking for people who have inspired ideas for projects, business ventures, events and initiatives to join us at Foodstory on the evening of Sunday 10th September to share their amazing idea with the wider community. We are looking for four main pitches…one lucky pitch to receive all proceeds from the event (approx £500 reached on previous evenings). We will also be looking for a few one minute pitches to promote the fantastic things going on in our area. This is an ideal opportunity to network, engage and inspire others, whilst enjoying fabulous entertainment, tasty soup, scrumptious salad and delicious cake!! Fill out the application below…it’s very short

http://ow.ly/mqxS30dCreb The closing date for submissions is Sunday 27th August

Soup #4 is coming

Soup #4 is coming soon! So we thought we would remind you of our Soup #3 applicants – and the winner. We heard from three projects at Aberdeen Soup #3, as well as enjoying some great food and live entertainment.

The project which went away with the money raised on the night was Community Grow and Cook.

The group wanted to set up a stall at community events in Aberdeen over the summer to demonstrate how to plant seeds and tubers and how to cook some of the fantastic vegetables and fruit that can be grown at home.

Community Grow and Cook hope to help people to grow their own food and feel more confident in preparing and cooking home grown produce. This will in turn improve diets and encourage people to buy and eat local produce, reducing the carbon footprint of our food. The funding was to be used to cover the cost of stalls at community events.

We also heard from Women like Me: Sewing lesson. Women like me aims to bring together the victims of domestic abuse to provide them the opportunity to share and at the same time to learn some skills which can be further developed into an economic empowerment tool.

The project aims to address the issue of isolation and rejection among the victims and survivors of domestic abuse, offering them an ability to open up, which they may not be able to do ordinarily with others. This will help improve their self-confidence and self-worth.

Funding would help buy sewing machines, beads, for jewellery making, and other tailoring materials for the group.

We also heard from Borderless, a platform through which students can search for social and professional opportunities. The motive behind this project is to create content capable of diminishing students’ unemployment rate and increasing workplace satisfaction. “Borderless proposes to do this by replacing the anonymous applicants with candidates tailored for the internship through networking events,” say the organisers. This allows students to have better chances towards testing an industry beforehand committing to their desired working sector. Borderless says it plans to break the barriers of traditional job sites, giving equal opportunities for students to achieve professional experience. “Borderless is about bridging the gap between you and your future employer!”

“We seek to help the Aberdonian community to keep talented graduates by showing students the growing potential that Aberdeen has.” Soup funding would have helped cover a part of the initial costs of buying a domain, paying for website design, and launching/preparing an advertising campaign. The group hoped to launch the platform in mid-August.

Would you like to pitch at Soup #4? Find the submission form here 

Sign up to attend Soup #4 here

Aberdeen SOUP is a crowdfunding initiative celebrating and supporting entrepreneurial, community and creative projects in Aberdeen. For a £5 donation, attendees receive food and a vote and hear up to four presentations from local people doing innovative work in and around Aberdeen. This could be art, urban agriculture, social justice, start-ups, social enterprise, entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. ALL the money raised is given to the presentation with the most votes at the end.

The next Aberdeen Soup, Soup #4, is on September 10, at Foodstory Café, Aberdeen.

Are you coming? Your chance to take part in Aberdeen Soup the 3rd. 

Its that time, we are hosting our third Aberdeen Soup next Sunday 14th May @ the amazing Food Story Cafe on Thistle Street and delighted to be working in partnership with CFINE and the ‘Cook in the Nook’ team who are going to supply all our soups and hotpots for the event. Once again the people who will be pitching to you on the night are a diverse group of people and all doing uniquely interesting work in the city. 

We have two great acts for you performing on the night, Flaxman and Robb Nemo.  Local musicans who have one again given up their evening gratefully to become part of the increasing line up. Now we just need you!!! 

If you have not booked your ticket yet…what are you waiting for? Register your place by clicking here.