Creative Dundee

Dundee Soup #3

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Dundee Soup is a social event which gives micro grants to local community based projects to make ideas a reality, over a simple supper dinner. The third Dundee Soup will take place on Thursday 3rd May 2018 from 6pm – 8.30pm, at Lifegate.

For a suggested donation of £5, attendees receive a simple soup supper and hear up to four short presentations from local people running community projects. These can range from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and much more. At the end of the night, everyone votes on their preferred project, the ballots are counted and winner goes home with ALL of the money raised on the night to develop their project! Winners come back to a future Dundee Soup dinner to report on their project’s progress.

The format is simple – up to:

Dundee Soup dinners are open to anyone: whether you need help for an idea that could benefit the Dundee community or whether you want to support a local community-based project.

You can take part by either pitching (please note that applications for Dundee Soup #3 are now closed) or simply coming along, to enjoy good food in good company and know your £5 will go into a collective pot for a good cause that you will help choose!

The projects pitching on the night are:

Guidance For Parents

Catesbi CIC offers parental guidance and teacher training to enable positive change for children with autism, ADHD, developmental delays, learning & behavioural difficulties based on the science of behaviour. We give parents information on how they can teach their children new skills and behaviours. These sessions are focused on communication, play, behaviours and parenting styles. We also deliver professional training to suit the needs of their organisation and create bespoke training all tailored to their needs. We aim to reduce the cost for parents and make the sessions completely free.

Cancer Dundee Support Network

CANDU are a group of local cancer patients and survivors working to ensure patient needs are at the heart of decision making from diagnosis, through treatment, to recovery and including end-of-life care. Working with a network of support services we promote and develop person-centred approaches to patient care in Dundee. We aim to organise a social support group for men affected by cancer (a Breakfast Club) and community-based cancer awareness and wellbeing workshops.

Tayside Nature Tots

Our project is an outdoor nature club aimed at 0-5year olds along with their carers in our local area. The club aims to provide time out of everyday busy lives to come together and spend time in nature. The club will provide a structured activity as well as time for encouraged free play and snack. Each session will be themed and include songs, story time and most importantly time for learning through play and exploring. We aim to provide a welcoming, relaxed and safe environment for children and carers to experience the wide range of benefits that being outdoors provides.

Make Dundee Home Fridays

Making Dundee Home (MDH) exists to draw on creativity, hospitality and spirituality to promote social and environmental justice and human well-being. With help from students and community volunteers we run MDH Fridays where we have a three course lunch with folks who are on low incomes and may have other challenges to overcome. We also have creative activities and sometimes garner stories as poetic verse. We’ve started MDH Wednesdays for badminton and table tennis and we also have food and clothes to over to those who visit, and help them to engage with other services. We have built up a loyal group that comprises around 25 – 35 each Friday, in addition to the volunteers, and we hope to see tea dances, food assembly and labyrinth practice develop, and when it comes to food – people are always hungry.

We’re also delighted to let you know that Lifegate Tea Dance – who provide a place for older people to gather and socialise and was the first winner of Dundee Soup’s micro community grant in April 2017 – will be hosting the event and providing the soup this time round.

And for entertainment, we look forward to enjoying some tunes with Dee Ukes who meet weekly at the Finmill Centre in Fintry, Dundee.

If you are interested in hosting a Dundee Soup in the future, sponsor the soup supper, performing music, or something else on the night then get in touch as we’d love to hear from you:

If you are unable to join us at this event but want to make Dundee Soup’s micro community grant even bigger, please donate as much as you’d like here. All your donations will be given in cash to the winners on the night.

If you want to receive updates on all up-and-coming Dundee Soup events and opportunities, you can sign up on this mailing list here.


Interested in pitching at this event?

Anyone who has an idea to benefit Dundee’s communities can pitch – whether you are an individual, small team or community group. The application deadline is 5pm, Friday 13 April 2018 at 5pm. Please fill out the form below or click here. If you would like a paper copy of the application, you can pick a copy up from The Lifegate – see map below this proposal form.

“It’s a little bit of funding, it’s a lot more empowering and it’s even more about connectivity.” – Amy Kaherl, Detroit Soup founder.

This event is produced in partnership between ACK, Creative Dundee and The Circle for kindly coordinating Dundee Soup. Thanks to Shona Littlejohn for helping kick-start the first Dundee Soup to happen in the city in April 2017.

About Soups

The first SOUP was developed in Detroit in 2010 with a group of artists’ friends gathered around a dinner to share ideas about art challenges, finding innovative solutions and imperfect ideas for projects that were hard to discover funding for. Over the years, Detroit SOUP has moved from funding artists to a wide variety of community members that need a little money to start their projects and the challenging ideas pushed people to think about the city in different ways.

6pm – 8.30pm: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Lifegate at Whitfield Parish Church
14 Haddington Ave


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