A tasty, enjoyable community fundraising evening where the community decides who takes home the funds raised!

Entry is by donation: people get a bowl of soup, a tasty chunk of bread, and a vote to support the local projects that benefit their own community.

Several local community members & groups tell us about their project, idea or proposal, and the most popular initiatives get a proportion of all takings on the door, as well as a share in a donation from a local benefactor, to help fund their community-benefiting idea or project.

Community members can also offer their support in other ways, such as time, expertise or contacts.

Project SOUP is new to Teignbridge; the first SOUP was held in Teignmouth in April 2018, and the second is in Buckfastleigh in October 2018.

If you would like us to hold a SOUP in your part of Teignbridge, please get in touch: anja@teigncvs.org.uk

Buckfastleigh SOUP

The first Buckfastleigh SOUP, Friday 26th October 2018

Around 60 people enjoyed the first Buckfastleigh SOUP community fundraising event on last Friday. Held at the Town Hall, local community-benefiting projects bid for funding donated by the community, a local benefactor, and the two local Cllrs Nutley and Dennis.

This was the second SOUP event organised by Teignbridge CVS in the district and was well supported by the Town Council and particularly the mayor. Local people turned out to support their favourite projects, which included Dartmoor Skies (an Astronomy project), a Defibrillator scheme, the Christmas Fair Skating Rink, the local Sports & Dogwalkers Club and two young people’s groups.

After the the groups had pitched their projects there was plenty of delicious SOUP to enjoy (prepared by fabulous CVS volunteer Andrew MacGregor) along with wonderful loaves of freshly baked bread kindly donated by the local Moorbakes bakery. Votes were cast and the most popular projects were the Community Defibrillator scheme, Take Centre Stage Performing Arts Group and Buckfastleigh Wild Warriors, who were all awarded a share of the £700 taken.

The other groups pitching also benefited, as the event was an excellent opportunity to network, promote their ideas and ask for volunteers as well as getting information about other funding sources.

SOUP community fundraising events initially started across the pond in the US in 2010 and are now run all over the UK. They are a relaxed, informal way to find out about, support and fund local community projects particularly suitable for small or innovative projects.

If you are interested in running or having a SOUP event in your community please get in touch!

Contact: Anja at Teignbridge CVS: anja@teigncvs.org.uk

Teignmouth SOUP

Teignmouth SOUP, the very first SOUP event in Teignbridge, took place on Thursday 26th April - and was a fabulous success!

Thank you to all who made it happen: Nicola at the Teignmouth Rugby Club for the free venue; Andy the marvellous soup chef; David who took stunning photos of the evening; the groups who pitched, the people who came, the partners who helped, and many more, including (last but not least!), the Alice Cross Centre, who came to our rescue with some last-minute extra soup bowls!

If you're not familiar with the SOUP idea, it came from 'over the pond' and is spreading fast: a community comes together, people buy a bowl of soup, and after listening to the pitches from several local community groups, ideas or projects then vote for their favourite. It's a great way to fundraise, as well as to make crowdfunding more meaningful to the givers.

The winners on the night at Teignmouth SOUP were Teign Heritage youth Project and the Friends of the Teignmouth Old Cemetery, winning money on the night to put to use on their projects. It seems like SOUP was a win for Teignmouth!

Watch this space as we look forward to bringing SOUP to other areas in Teignbridge... it could be your community next!