What's the idea behind SOUP?

SOUP is a bi-monthly networking and fundraising night, connecting pople who care about Boro, supporting 3 great causes each event, putting the power in our hands.

We heard about the idea being used in Detroit (USA) and loved it! We’ve adapted it a little to make it fit our context here in Boro!

What's the format? How does it work?
Turn up Listen to some fine music Hear pitches from three local grassroots groups Chat over a nice bowl of soup Donate to the group(s) who caught your attention. Power to the people!
How much should I donate?
We suggest a minimum donation of £4. We’d love it if you could give more because every penny goes to small community groups with innovative ideas to make our town a better, fairer place. Also, the money is matched by other organisations. That means that everything you donate is actually boosted! We also realise that not everyone can afford to donate much. Give what you can. Boro Soup is a meeting point for a movement as well as a fundraising night. We want you to feel able to come, whatever position you’re currently in 🙂
Who organises Boro SOUP?
SOUP started in 2015 as an expression of Hope4Boro, which is a movement working to bring together every-day activists and ordinary radicals who care about Middlesbrough. We love events that simply allow us to share a space with each other and reimagine our town. SOUP matches a lot of our driving principles. We also believe in sharing power and undoing control so Boro SOUP is an emerging thing, independent, with its own planning team . Do you want to be involved? Get in touch on facebook Or chat to the team at an event.
Who can present an idea?
Pretty much anyone but we do have some key criteria to help us choose. We’re passionate about small, local community groups with a fresh idea to improve Boro. Projects less likely to be given funding elsewhere. And we’re really into creative ideas with potential to re-imagine the world. You may be an individual, small group, charity or even a company. Contact us here if you want to apply. Our networks are quite broad so we always have people to invite but we’re open to proposals and will soon have a way for you to show an interest.
Where is Boro SOUP held?
Our first events in 2019 are at the wonderful ‘Off the Ground’ on Grange Road, TS1 5AS.

We like to try out venues across town to spread the love. We’re also planning some spin-offs later in the year.

Are there any other SOUP events in the area?
There certainly are! Our friends in Stockton are going strong with an event at the ARC. We’re helping start something in Redcar and Hartlepool later in 2019 and Darlington is on the cards. Our team have been trying to keep track and Leeds, Sheffield, York, Hull, Newcastle and Walker all have events we want to visit soon. Friends in Sunderland, Easington, Gateshead and Durham have all talked about starting their own event, too.
How is the money split?
This event is an experiment in participation and people power. On the night you donate however you see fit.  Money is matched by a partner organisation to boost the takings for the three projects pitching. (Some Soup events have a single ‘winner’ but we’ve opted for it to be shared out)