Wells SOUP! is our city’s quarterly micro-granting lunch which launched with great success in Seager Hall on Union Street in April 2016. It raises money (up to £700 each time) and profile for local charities and good causes that benefit the city and people of Wells, as well as providing an opportunity to make new contacts.
Yet again,the SOUP! planned for July 10th has been postponed due to the extension of Covid restrictions.
However, if we all close our eyes and make a wish, the SOUP! programme will celebrate its relaunch at the Connect Centre in Wells on Saturday October 2nd, 12.50pm to 2pm.
Ross Young, Wells Independents’ Mr SOUP!
HOW SOUP! WORKS
£5 gets you delicious soup, fresh bread, a drink and a vote.
At each SOUP! lunch there are four presentations on local Wells projects which could range from charities, culture, regeneration, community, social justice, social enterprise, education, technology and more.
Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea, showing how it will benefit the Wells community – with no PowerPoint or other technology allowed, but passion will be welcome! Audience members can ask each presenter up to four questions after their presentation.
After the presentations, audience members are encouraged to discuss and debate before voting. The audience then vote on which project they think will benefit the Wells area the most. Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins half of the money collected at the door, as much as £350, match-funded by sponsorship, to get their idea off the ground. The runners-up share the other half. So all four come away with new funds.
Winners come back to a future SOUP! event to share what their project has achieved and the impact it has had.
Since SOUP! was introduced to Wells, the following 63 causes have received funding:
Connect Youth, Wells Art Contemporary, Vineyard Food & Drink for the Needy, The Lawrence Centre, Safe Systems Consultancy, Headway Somerset Performers, Counsellors Collective, Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorder Association, Beanstalk, Project Linus, Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, GlastonburyFM, YMCA Mendip, Wells Air Cadets, City of Wells Dementia Action Alliance, Strawberry Line East, Somerset Area Bereavement Care, Mothers Union, Parkinson’s UK, Count Me In, Somerton & Wells Guide Dogs for the Blind, TS5C, Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery, City of Wells Almshouses, Cruse Bereavement Centre, Somerset Sight, Wells Little Theatre, Wells Macular Group, Wells Home Library Centre, Wells Bipolar Support Group, Wells City Carnival, Wells City Band, Freewheelers ‘Blood Bikes’, Connect Centre Outreach, Mid-Somerset Self Help Tinnitus Group, Wells Swimming Club, Wells Community Chernobyl Link, Wells Museum, Somerset Levels Carriage Riding for the Disabled, Mendip MS Group, Horrington Cricket Club, Wells in Mosaic, STAR (Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation), MIND in Somerset, Wells Millennium Tapestry, City of Wells Lions Club, Wells MacMillan Cancer Support, Heads Up, Marie Curie, Children’s Hospice South West, Wells Art Practice, Society of Disabled Artists, Sustainable Wells, Hope for Tomorrow, Wells Beat Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Society, PromiseWorks, Stoma Heroes, Blue School Plastic Free Eco Group, Ageing Well (Age UK Wells), We Hear You, Friends of Wells Cathedral, Somerset Prostate Cancer Support Association,
Please email SOUP@wellsindependents.org if you have any queries about SOUP!.
HOW TO APPLY TO PRESENT AT WELLS SOUP!
SOUP! is a great way to raise money, tell people about your work, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.
Once again, we are putting out an open call for projects from right across the city to present at SOUP!
This call is open to all charities, not for profit organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and individuals, providing any money raised is spent in Wells or the immediate surrounding area.
We don’t need a massive amount of information – just a summary of your project, what it is going to cost and what the outcomes are likely to be.
Faith groups can apply for community projects but not to promote their beliefs.
You can apply to present at Wells SOUP! through our online form.
Until pandemic-related restrictions on social gatherings are lifted, we regret we’re unable to hold SOUP! lunch events. With all fingers crossed, the next SOUP! will take place at Elim Connect Centre in Wells on Saturday October 2nd 2021. As usual, four Wells-based community groups will asking for your support. The winning group will be invited back to a future Wells SOUP to talk about how the -money was spent. Probusiness Accountants have generously agreed to c-fund the event and we thank them for their continued support.
Organisations that are not selected to present and those that do not win the top award on the day will still be eligible for selection at future Wells SOUPs.
Wells SOUP! is also supported by Somerset Community Foundation, Waitrose, Morrison’s, Burns the Bread, Santé Wine Imports, Wells Blue School, Twenty-One Café + Kitchen, Mickey the flowerman in Wells Market, and the RSA. Established in Detroit in 2010 and successfully used in many other places since, SOUP! is a brilliant way to help improve where we live. The projects that get funded are up to you. It is about bringing people together, having fun and supporting projects that benefit the community. At the end of each SOUP! event, the audience can give their feedback to help the organisers set up future SOUP! events, which happen every three months.