Darryl and Danielle Gaffney Du Plooy from Uppertunity at the first Dundee Soup

Funding for projects that benefit the Dundee community

The next edition of Dundee Soup is to take place at The Circle on Saturday 1st December. This is to be the fifth round of the event, but this festive edition will be different to previous rounds as it will be part of Fair Saturday. Fair Saturday is a Scottish Government pilot initiative for 2018 which is being delivered by the Fair Saturday Foundation. Organised in partnership between Creative Dundee and the Circle Dundee, this event gives micro grants to local community-based projects to make ideas a reality, over a simple soup dinner.

For a suggested donation of £5, attendees receive a simple soup supper and will hear four short presentations from local people running community projects.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.  Once the groups pitch their projects to the attending public everyone votes for their preferred project, the ballots are counted, and the winner goes home with ALL the money raised on the night.

This edition of Dundee Soup has been funded by BEMIS Scotland via the Scotland’s Winter Festivals fund, and part of the St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival. This is a partnership between BEMIS Scotland and the Scottish Government to facilitate diverse, multicultural celebrations. This funding will allow The Circle and Creative Dundee to pay former Dundee Soup pitchers, Uppertunity, to make the soup which will give their members experience in event catering.

Danielle Du Plooy, who founded Uppertunity, is excited for the organisation to return to Dundee Soup as caterers. 
“Since pitching at the first Dundee Soup ourselves we have seen the benefits of not only the funding but also the connections it allowed us to make in Dundee. I would recommend it to anyone who has an idea that will benefit the local community. We have been able to grow our organisation, develop the gardens at The Circle and start to work collaboratively with more organisations.”

Who’s pitching at Soup?

The Art of Seeing Photography is a community-based Photography editing and printing suite in Studio 11, in Meadow Mill, which creates an exciting learning environment for photographers of all ages and stages. The ethos of the studio is simple, learn and exhibit work in a fun and imaginative way, building confidence through inspiration. Studio 11 is a truly unique gallery and learning space in the heart of the city, for both community based and/or established photographers and artists to exhibit.

Emerging Dundee – Acting Locally, Thinking Globally. The intention is to deliver a weekend festival to connect do-ers in the city. The purpose of the festival is to co-create ideas that could benefit Dundee and are relational to what participants sense are happening globally. This will be done through a programme of activities that ignite free thinking, intuition and togetherness.

Togs for Tots is a clothing, equipment and experiences bank for children living in poverty. We receive donations from the public and distribute them to children suffering from the effects of poverty. Right now, we need to support to buy new pyjamas and underwear for children for referrals waiting to go out.

You can register to attend the next Dundee Soup here: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dundee-soup-5-tickets-52049697045

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