Have you got a great idea for York? Soup it up and you could win cash

Hosting the first soup – the Priory Street Centre
16 May 2015 @ 9.27 pm
| Charity
The first York Soup

Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

Thu Jun 25 @ 6pm


Book tickets via the Eventbrite page

Got a great idea to benefit the city? Then pitch it at the first York Soup – and you could get cash to make it happen.

York Soup is new initiative which will give out small grants for community initiatives.

What happens is this. One hundred people pay £10 for a meal of soup, salad and bread. They then listen to four people pitch their ideas to improve the city.

Afterwards the diners vote, and the winning pitch receives the money from the ticket sales – expected to be between £300 and £500 – to make their idea happen.

York CVS is co-hosting the first event at the Priory Street Centre off Micklegate. Chief executive Luke Barnett said:

York Soup is a really interesting concept, I think it’s a great way to bring all the communities of York together to share food, ideas and to make a difference to our city by supporting a local project.

We hope that York Soup will quickly become an exciting regular fixture in York’s calendar, where the community comes together to make York an even better place to live and work.

The idea originated in the United States. Since Detroit Soup began five years ago, diners there have raised more than £54,000 for community projects.

Raising money is only one benefit of the project. Those taking part in York Soup will be encouraged to lend their time and expertise to help the various ideas get off the ground.

Meanwhile, whoever wins the money will be invited to a future York Soup to explain how the project went.

To be considered for a York Soup pitch slot, email Ruth Stockdale at York CVS. The only criteria at this stage is the idea or project benefits York.