Hey, so remember Jai?

At the last Soup we heard from Jai, a young man who came to tell us about a project he was raising money for in Dyce Academy. Jai told the diners how the project affected him personally and helped to shape the young man he is today, a confident young man who is now studying politics in the University of Aberdeen.
From Jai,

The project is run by 3rd 5th and 6th year pupils at Dyce Academy in Aberdeen. Every year around 15 1st year Dyce Academy pupils with additional support needs such as autism, ADHD, and physical disability participate. Through playing various sports and games, we aim to help these pupils learn skills and qualities (such as teamwork, confidence, and social skills) which they can transfer into the classroom and everyday life. 

The benefit to all participants is immeasurable. The 1st years are given a safe environment where their individual needs are catered to allowing them to challenge themselves and achieve things they never thought they could. The life skills they learn and the boost to their self-esteem cannot be understated and this translates back into the classroom where they find it easier to make friends, participate in class, and complete their work on time. The 5th and 6th year pupils also learn key life skills such as organisation, leadership, and public speaking. From 2015 the project was funded by Sky Sports, however in May 2017 Sky Sports pulled their funding. The project received a one-time grant of £400 from Aberdeen City Youth Council but this money has now run out. 

The project incurs various costs including purchasing specialist equipment, bus hire for travel to sports facilities and events, and the fuel costs of such travel. Without finding a new source of funding for the school year 2018-2019 it is unlikely the project will be able to continue. The SOUP grant would fund the project for next year and allow us to continue making a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable, young learners. 


Want to apply to pitch at the next Aberdeen Soup? Fill in our simple online form by following the link below


Aberdeen Soup #7

And its that time again, Aberdeen Soup #7 is open for….good ideas, projects that overcome local challenges, fun and interesting things you want to do that can make a real impact on Aberdeen. Get involved, get active, get applying and GET SHARING 

We like to keep things simple including our Application Process so follow the link and tell us a little more about why you want to apply and about your project and submit to us. Deadline for applications is the 22 June 2018.


APPLY HERE using the link below.



Aberdeen Soup #6

Its been an amazing journey so far, to have reached our 6th event, we are absolutely delighted and humbled by the number of people that have supported us so far.

If you have a good idea for a project in Aberdeen or want to be part of the change that is happening in the city, you are in the right place.

We can now officially invite you to apply to our next event by going to our Google Form here…


AND don’t forget to get yourself signed up for tickets here


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

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


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.