Stirling SOUP7

WHEN: 27th September

LOCATION: Made in Stirling, 44 King Street, FK8 1AY, Stirling

About

Stirling SOUP is a community crowdfunding evening celebrating and supporting great projects in Stirling and the surrounding area.

For a donation of £5, attendees receive soup, home made bread and a vote and will hear from four presentations ranging from art, community cafe’s, social clubs and more.

Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share ideas, enjoy and vote on the project they think benefits the area the most. At the end of the night, we count the votes and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.

Action in Mind, the befriending service to support young people experiencing poor mental wellbeing and social isolation won the community vote at the 7th Stirling Soup crowdfunding event. They will use the £491 prize pot to continue the service, after losing their funding earlier this year.

Katie Heslop from Action in Mind said: 

The money will go directly towards supporting young people in Stirling who are struggling with their mental health. It’ll help pay for the activities they do and cover travel expenses. We don’t have any statutory funding and rely solely on donations, so winning nearly £500 is brilliant and will keep the service going for a considerable amount of time.

Volunteer befriender, Mark Robertson, said: 

“The group gives the young people an opportunity to engage in a variety of activities away from their normal living environment. I enjoy encouraging the young people to socialise with other group members and to take part in the activities. My biggest observation while leading the group is always the difference of their general wellbeing from the start of the meeting toward the end of the meeting. The young people appear to be more confident in themselves and their ability to be active and healthy as the meeting progresses. The group members are just as encouraging towards each other as the volunteers are towards the group members. There is a lovely, positive energy within the group and I believe this is down to everyone’s willingness to try new things and a belief in themselves which is evident in their capability to adapt to new environments.”