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Performance For All wins microfunding at the first Manchester Soup

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 Continue reading Performance For All wins microfunding at the first Manchester Soup

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Detroit Soup scheme launches in Manchester to help raise cash for region’s charities and small businesses

Detroit Soup scheme launches in Manchester to help raise cash for region’s charities and small businesses

Manchester Soup’s first press coverage: 25 November 2015, MEN News

The scheme, based on the world-famous Detroit Soup idea, sees members of the community meet and each pay £5 for a bowl of soup and a drink with one group or charity awarded the cash.

A bright idea to raise funds for businesses and charities is being started in Manchester .

Manchester Soup aims to help small projects get off the ground or support longstanding ones which need a vital cash injection.

The scheme is based on the world-famous Detroit Soup idea. The concept is simple.

Members of the community meet for a bowl of soup and a drink. They each pay £5 to attend. They all get their chance to present their ideas and then vote on the best one and the winner gets to take home the entrance money.

A bright idea to raise funds for businesses and charities is being started in Manchester .

Manchester Soup aims to help small projects get off the ground or support longstanding ones which need a vital cash injection.

The scheme is based on the world-famous Detroit Soup idea. The concept is simple.

Members of the community meet for a bowl of soup and a drink. They each pay £5 to attend. They all get their chance to present their ideas and then vote on the best one and the winner gets to take home the entrance money.

In their pitch, groups say what they’ve been doing, why they need the money, where they see their project in six months time and the value of the on-door contribution.

Local groups don’t require charity status, they can just be people who feel their idea makes a difference to their community.

The idea began in Detroit, Michigan which fell upon hard times as the auto industry collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis. But it has spread around the world with equivalent schemes as far afield as Kathmandu, and now Manchester.

The first event is happening on Wednesday evening at 5pm at Honest Coffee on Chapel Street, Salford .

Van Devaney, 43, set up the Manchester version with his friend Rachel Kelly.

He said: “I love Manchester and because I’ve worked in retail I know how difficult it is to get funding and help get a business off the ground.

“This is the perfect project to help like-minded people and charities and it’s great for the community. It’s a time to help each other get along in life. There’ll be good networking opportunities as well – I want to share what information I have with others.

“We’re currently finalising talks with a large hotel chain to hold our next meeting at the end of January. Tonight is a test – I’m anxious for it to succeed, we want to make money for people. People will pay £5 and they’ll get one vote. They will have an allocated time to make their pitch and then we’ll vote for the winner, We’re hoping around 50 people turn up. I’m learning a lot. Manchester’s been so good to me and it’s great to give something back.”

Manchester Soup’s website says: “We are looking forward to launching the first Manchester Soup and hope the passionate City of Manchester will get behind the initiative and show their support!” Find out more at http://www.manchestersoup.co.uk/

View the MEN News article here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/detroit-soup-scheme-launches-manchester-10497367 Continue reading Detroit Soup scheme launches in Manchester to help raise cash for region’s charities and small businesses

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