Supporting our community far and wide
We started with some nervousness in March 2017 not quite sure how the community would respond to this notion of micro-funding. And thankfully we’ve gone from strength to strength.
Winners of Downend SOUP 1 were Mothers4Mothers who went on to create a support group for mums experiencing pre and post-natal depression in Staple Hill rather than trecking across to South Bristol for support. We also heard from Crisis Ministries who went on to receive some donations of coffee and from Alyson from Hives & Herbals who has thrived and realised her ambition to present on the importance of bees in our lives at our local schools.
At Downend SOUP 2 we welcomes three new nervous holders of the microphone including Staple Hill Community Hub where William and his team went on to do some fantastic work in their job club and resolving social isolation amongst our older residents. We also heard about the fantastic work to organise Frampton Festival and the Centre for Adoption Support.
And onwards to Downend SOUP 3 where we presented our audience with yet another seemingly impossible choice between eventual winner Jump Start Food & Fitness and the very important and worthy Headway Bristol and the amazing team behind Help Homeless Bristol who continue to astonish with their extraordinary hard work and selfless dedication.
We took a new turn for Downend SOUP 4 and created the world’s first JUNIOR soup with three groups of children under 11 forming teams to change the world around them looking at topics as vital as homelessness, plastics recycling and loneliness and social isolation. After a tense vote it’s the team from Christ Church Juniors in the lead with their idea to create a Friendsday club to forge a stronger bond between younger and older residents. We wish all our junior social entrepreneurs well as the hard work to build and run their ideas stands in front of them and an eager audience waiting for March 2019 to find out how they got on