‘Reading Soup’ to provide funding pot for Reading’s community projects

Reading’s first-ever ‘Soup’ event to encourage the launch and support of creative community projects takes place on Thursday 9 July.

Reading Soup is a community event to spotlight local projects. Presenters have just five-minutes to pitch their idea, with no Powerpoint or other technology allowed. The audience vote decides which project gets funded.

The Soup concept started in 2010 in Detroit, Michigan and has hit the headlines in the UK as the creative approach to fundraising has spread. It has since grown to a global network of grassroots events for funding small to medium sized projects through community meals. Projects have included installing free libraries at bus stops, and developing coats for the homeless which double as sleeping bags.

Michelle Farrington, local co-ordinator for Reading Soup said, “With Reading Soup, people can come together to share an affordable meal, and see the proceeds directly benefit the community. We aim to provide visibility and support to the people of Reading who are working to make it an even better place to live.”

Fellow coordinator, Kathryn Burgoyne explains that “Reading Soup brings together neighbours, supports the democratic process, features local artists, acts as a platform to share resources and supports projects that benefit the community.”

The first event will be held Thursday 9 July, 6pm-9pm at St Laurence Church, Reading. A £5 donation for home-made soup and bread provides the funding for the winning project on the night.

Reading Soup is being championed by local volunteers Kathryn Burgoyne, Harry McKeown, Rowan Constantinou-Stygal and Michelle Farrington, supported by Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Business in the Community (BITC).

Those looking to pitch their idea can find out how at ReadingSOUP or by emailing readingsoup@gmail.com.

Applications close 25 June.

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