Performance For All wins microfunding at the first Manchester Soup
The Soup revolution continues to expand across the US and the UK and the latest Soup to launch in the UK is Manchester Soup, which aims to support charities and projects across Greater Manchester.
The first Manchester Soup was held at Honest Coffee, Chapel Street on Wednesday 25 November.
The event kicked off with warming soup and lots of talking amongst the community participants who paid a minimum of £5 on arrival for a bowl of soup and a vote! Fellow Soups – Preston and Rusholme who are both launching in early 2016 were in attendance to show their support.
The first pitch of the evening was by Mark Kelly, who is looking to launch a slackline group for children and teenagers, in the winter months in a sports centre and in the spring and summer hosting sessions and family events at the many parks across Greater Manchester. The slacklining philosophy is based around confidence, patience and balance and the aim of the group is to give children a hobby and a focus.
The second pitch was by Jade Mottley, who is a former personal trainer. Jade founded Performance For All a newly established social enterprise with the vision that “every individual deserves the opportunity to better improve their health and wellbeing”.
Their mission is to provide sports and fitness sessions to individuals including those with a disability. To further break down barriers within local communities they provide awareness training to organisations. More information here: http://performanceforallnw.org.uk
It was a very close call between votes, but the winning pitch was Performance for All.
Both Mark and Jade were delighted by the support and interest and Jade said of winning:
“I’ve had a great evening at the Manchester Soup event. Very happy to have successfully pitched and won the funds. The funds will go towards ramps for wheelchair users to be able to participate in sports sessions such as boccia.”
Rachel Kelly co- founder of Manchester Soup said of the initiative:
“Manchester Soup has just launched and we are overwhelmed with the level of support and interest we have received so far. So many people have offered to volunteer and help us establish and grow in Manchester.
We are looking forward to 2016 and really establishing Manchester Soup, gaining more interest from the community and ultimately encouraging more and more to join each event so the microfund pot continues to grow and support lots of great charities and projects.”
Van Devaney also co-founder of Manchester Soup, said of the first event:
“The evening was a great success, it was fantastic to meet so many people with a passion for Manchester and for the Soup concept, thank you to everyone who joined us.
Both pitches were fantastic, both sports related but with different end users, both were equally worthy of the microfund, but the community and their votes determined the first Manchester Soup winner, Jade of Performance for All.
A huge thank you to Honest Coffee who kindly hosted and provided the soup for our first event, it’s a quirky venue and a perfect city centre location.”
The Manchester Soup team have already turned their thoughts to the next event, which will take place at the MacDonald Hotel, Piccadilly on 28 January, 6 – 8.30pm. To register for the event click here: www.manchestersoup.co.uk/event.