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Congratulations and Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came along to our second ExeterSOUP. It was fantastic to see so our stalwart supporters and to hear about some of the brilliant work of local groups in Exeter.

Voters at SOUP decided to fund Nightstop who walked away with £70 (even more with gift aid). Nightstop provides same day emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless people, between the ages of 16-25, in the homes of volunteer hosts who have been trained and vetted and they will use the money to help keep this project running. They will update us in 6 months time so that we can hear about the difference our money made.

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Does your group/activity/voluntary work/charity need money?

If so, then ExeterSOUP could help…

The aim of each meeting is to provide small charities/voluntary groups with an opportunity to fund raise relatively small amounts of money for self-contained projects.

It’s based on a project in Detroit which has been very successful. Everyone pays £5 on the door for soup and a bowl of salad (made by volunteers from donated produce), and four charities pitch their causes for 5 minutes each.  At the end of the evening, the charity with the most votes goes home with the door money. The last event raised over £250 for the chosen charity, not bad for 5 minutes work.

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Why soup?

We were inspired by a project in Detroit to try and bring local decision-making, local voices and local food into one arena. Detroit SOUP is a micro-granting (involving small amounts of money) dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit. For a donation £5 attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.

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