On Friday night, I attended a fundraising event organised by Brighton Soup.
The idea is simple: £4 for food (soup, of course), refreshments, entertainment and a vote to choose which of 4 community projects get some funding.
These were the four local charities presented that night, each serving a different group within Brighton and Hove.
Speak Out, an independent advocacy charity since 1994, envisions a world where people with learning disabilities have the same rights, choice and control over their lives as everyone else. The Learning Disability Voices Network (LDVN) aims to link together people with learning disabilities across Brighton and Hove so that we have a stronger voice and become more visible and valued in our communities.
Little Green Pig is a writing and mentoring charity for young people in Sussex. They believe in the right to write, and that this vital form of self-expression builds confidence, communication and literacy skills. LGP works with children and young people aged 7 to 18 in schools and colleges, offering young people and teachers the chance to get out of the classroom and get playful with writing.
The Ox Centre is a community organisation set up to support children and their families with trauma and emotional difficulties. Every child and every family is unique, and any child in any family can have experiences that cause anxiety and stress.
Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS) offers support to victims of elder abuse with the assistance of a volunteer, and will encourage independence built on self-esteem and confidence, as well as help in reintegrating victims back into their communities. EARS is the first and only charity in the United Kingdom working to address these problems.
At the end of the night, once all the votes were counted, Speak Out had won £395. This money will go towards the new project by their LDVN – making a film to raise awareness about the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Brighton Soup was fantastic. A fantastic way to meet charities and a simple way to raise funds for a great cause.