Guildford SOUP’s Seventh Serving took place at The Boileroom on 21st February and saw Halow Project, Weyfield Primary Academy Scouts, and Merrow Scouts pitch to win funding for their community projects!
Before the pitches, Joy from Emerge Advocacy who won the prize money at last SOUP, talked about how the fundraising has helped get the word out about their brand new charity. Emerge Advocacy is a brand new initiative set up in partnership with the Royal Surrey Hospital to offer support to young people aged 14 – 21 attending A&E because of self-harm or a suicide attempt. They used the money they won at our last SOUP towards marketing, and to raise awareness that their facilities are available, and now have flyers with information about their services up at Royal Surrey County Hospital A&E.
First up to pitch was a group of young people from The Halow Project. Halow Project is a registered charity providing opportunities and support for young people to access social activities, community based learning and work like experiences. They were pitching for their Building Futures Programme.
Mei Lim from Weyfield Primary Academy was up next. Weyfield Primary Academy has recently become a Scouting school, 1st Weyfield, and has 4 Cub Packs involving 100 children. While there are many activities they can do with school resources, they want their Cubs to be able to participate in exciting adventures such as camping, raft building, orienteering, and abseiling. Their first big adventure is going to be an overnight camp in July and any funds raised at SOUP will go directly towards ensuring the Cubs have an amazing experience.
Lastly was Henriette Whitehead Van Prooje from Merrow Scouts pitched for a new Scout centre. They currently have two Scout centres that are in need of much-needed repairs, and are built on slopes so are not so accessible for those with additional needs. They also currently have 180 children on a waiting list, so would really benefit from a new, larger and accessible centre; which can be used by the wider community also.
Before the winners were announced, there was a short inspirational talk from Eve at Buzz Touring. Eve lives a nomadic lifestyle, and provides talks on alternative ways of living. The Buzz Tour was a four month walking tour across England, visiting people protecting the environment. The route took Eve to visit over a hundred inspiring people and projects the length of England. From permaculture farms to divestment campaigns, conservation groups to direct action.
After some delicious soup, the winners were revealed and it was The Halow Project that won the donation at the door money of £100.66 to fund their new Building Futures Programme.
The next SOUP will take place on March 22nd, and is a Youth SOUP, focusing specifically on community projects that will benefit youth in our locality. To find out more information and to pitch, please visit: http://bit.ly/2jlrcXX