Imagine a charity that’s run a little like the TV show Dragons’ Den, but with Wells SOUP everyone’s a winner…

SOUP is a powerful tool to start conversations, enjoy yourself and improve where you live. Wells SOUP is the city’s micro granting lunch which launched with great success in Seager Hall on Union Street in April 2016. Every three months it raises £700 and profile for local charities and good causes, as well as providing an opportunity to make new contacts. It is organised by the Wells Independents, a non-political party group of volunteers.

The next Wells SOUP will take place in the same venue from 1-2pm on Saturday, April 14. People are advised to arrive by 12.45pm, as we had to turn 10 away last time as the hall was full!

This is a brilliant way to help improve where we live, and Wells SOUP has already benefitted 32 local charities and good causes since it launched. How the funding is shared between the charities’ projects is decided by the audience voting. It is all about bringing people together, having fun and supporting projects that benefit the community.

How SOUP works
£5 gets you two choices of delicious soup, fresh bread and a vote. Drinks are also available. The money raised at the door is match-funded by a local business to reach a total of £700.

At a SOUP lunch there will be four presentations on projects which could range from charities, culture, regeneration, community, social justice, social enterprise, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea – with no PowerPoint presentations or other technology allowed, but passion is welcome.

Audience members can ask each presenter up to four questions after their presentation. The audience then vote on what project they think will benefit the Wells area the most. Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins half the £700 raised. The runners-up get equal shares of the other half, so all four get something.

Winners then come back to the next SOUP lunch to share what their project has achieved and the impact it has had.

Email SOUP@wellsindependents.org if you have any queries about SOUP. And if it sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, you can apply to present at a future Wells SOUP online through their website here.