Leeds SOUP #9 Round Up

With Leeds SOUP №9 boiling to a close, the pitchers and the public have taken a seat and the vote has been cast.


For those that don’t know, Leeds SOUP was set up to micro-fund positive change in the Leeds community. Set up by eight individuals looking to make a difference and create an opportunity to showcase creativity, whilst being able to give back to the community without self-funding. The winning pitch takes away the fund gained from public donation, or ‘the pot’ to further develop their community project.


Before we announce which flavour took the public’s fancy let's take a look at the last winners, the Meanwood Play Project.

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The night started with an update from our Leeds SOUP №8 winners, The Meanwood Play Project, who have been busy using their winning to expand their inventory and offer further resource to the community . The Meanwood Play Project has received glowing reviews from the community, as well as promoting the most important part of child development - fun. Forget the books, the gadgets and the fuss and get creative. Regular attendees to the project said:

“As an autism family, we find this kind of activity brilliantly inclusive - there are no rules to adhere to, other than having fun!”


If you want to check them out, you can find them on Facebook or their new website.

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Our latest event Leeds SOUP №9 showcased another four pitches, starting with Uzma Zafar, who presented her idea of Hairapy Pop Ups. Uzma aimed the project to give men, women and children quick trims on the go, “especially those that need a bit of a lift to feel better about themselves, or people that are going for job interviews.” You could call her the AA of emergency well-being, ready to rescue anyone who needs a quick tidy up.

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Ana Ardelean presented the Leeds Play Network. With Leeds being a hub of culture, diversity and shops, it seems to lack anywhere for children and families to spend time together. With an array of regular visitors and a name already established, Ana hopes to sustain her space and expand the service to include open hours and to cater for special needs. Opening costs £300 per session, where a standard day of 60 children go through the doors, so winning the pot would allow the Play Network to maintain the space for longer, and to convert current volunteers to permanent staff. The aim overall to bring a community space without barriers for anyone to enjoy.

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Let's Do More CIC was pitched by Loran Lewis, with the big aim to break socio-cultural stereotypes. Let's Do More set out to build role models and inspire the next generation with a mentoring system. The ‘matching’ mentoring model will be pairing mentors from backgrounds who have historically under achieved in education (currently focussed on Black Caribbean Males, and those with a White Working Class background) with mentees with similar backgrounds, aiming to utilise the power of role models. In doing this, it is hoped that the barriers faced by under-represented groups can be identified and tackled and the aim going forward is to expand the service to other under-represented groups to create a more inclusive service.

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The final pitch came from Phil Pearce, sharing his Life Experience project. The project is made up of a group of people, each using their own lived experiences to educate and inform. They take their stories into schools and provide the opportunity for children to better make decisions, as they can understand what potential consequences lie ahead. They also take the project into prisons and provide the confidence that prison can be the new start for many, as it has been for those running the group. Phil has self funded the project for three years with 100% positive feedback to his name and aims to use the funds for resources and people to go into schools more often.


Leeds SOUP №9 Winning Pitch…


Phil Pearce of Life Experience left with a total winning pot of £856 for the project. If you want to follow how he’s getting on, be sure to give him a follow over on Twitter, @Phil12Pierce.


Leeds SOUP №10 will take place on the 21st of August at Dock29, we’ll see you there! Remember that your vote can make a massive difference, plus, great soup!


Tickets are now on sale here.


Be sure to follow Leeds SOUP for all the updates and to find out how to get involved.

Leeds SOUP No.9 Winners

Life Experiences

Winner Profile

Life Experiences is made up of a group of people each with their own lived experiences, taking their personal stories to schools to give kids the ability to make better and more informed decisions.

About Their Project

Phil and the Life Experiences team won £865 to put towards their project to positively affect people’s lives by telling their own personal stories. Mainly taking their stories to schools to help children make better and informed decisions, they also go into prisons and bail hostels to do motivational work about how prison can be the start of a new way of living, as it was for Phil and other members of the group.  

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Where Are They Now? 

Phil and the Life Experience team are planning on producing a short video showing the negative effects of knife crime on the youth of today.

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Leeds SOUP No.8 Winners

Meanwood Play Project


Winner Profile

Meanwood Play Project organises pop-up adventure playgrounds around Leeds, with a special focus on Meanwood!

About Their Project

The Meanwood Play Project won an amazing  £895 to support advocating for increased opportunities for child-directed play around Leeds, with a special focus on Meanwood. They do this primarily through organising pop-up adventure playgrounds. The project also facilitates workshops on loose part and child-directed play for educators and parents.

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Where Are They Now?

From the Meanwood Play Project Team: “I've been able to buy key supplies, especially tape in bulk.  It’s nice to not have to use my own money for future play sessions for the foreseeable future!”


For more information visit www.meanwoodplayproject.wordpress.com

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Leeds SOUP No.7 Winners

Elliot's Footprint


Winner Profile

Elliot’s Footprint is a charity that helps families through child bereavement. They offer help and guidance whilst campaigning and fundraising for improved bereavement services.

About Their Project

Elliot’s Footprint won an fantastic  £984.50 to put towards raising awareness of the needs of bereaved families, make good quality and relevant information easily available and fundraise to ensure that families can access the bereavement support they need, when and where they need it.

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Where Are They Now?

Following their Leeds SOUP win, Elliot’s Footprint have raised over £9k from individual donations and fundraising campaigns such as the Abbey Dash 2017, where they raised over an amazing £3k thanks to their wonderful fundraisers.


For more information about Elliot’s Footprint visit www.elliotsfootprint.org

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Leeds SOUP No. 6 Winners

Anxiety Leeds


Winner Profile

Anxiety Leeds is a self help group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and related mental health difficulties.

About Anxiety Leeds

Sponsored by Allied London, Anxiety Leeds won an outstanding  £2,194 to support their fortnightly meetings that offer emotional and practical support to manage anxiety and improve our quality of life. Everyone who attends is an anxiety sufferer, including the facilitators who meet to share their experiences and to help each other.

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Where Are They Now? 

From the Anxiety Leeds team: “It's been really beneficial in terms of morale and we're happy with the plans that are being put in place. But the results are going to be over the long-term because everything happens super-slowly when you start working with big organisations.”


Visit Anxiety Leeds at www.anxietyleeds.org.uk

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Leeds SOUP No.5 Winners

Leeds Children's Hospital Girl Guides and Scouts


Winner Profile

The whole idea of Leeds Hospital Guides & Scouts is that once a week we all get together and HAVE SOME FUN, learn new things and meet new people.

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About Their Project

Sponsored by Allied London, they won an amazing £2,275 which allowed them to:

  • Set up their own website, allowing parents and carers to gain more information

  • Purchase starter resources such as pens, pencils, paints, paper to more "Scouty" stuff like cooking ingredients, magnifying glasses for bug hunts, materials for treasure hunts and planting flowers

  • Pay  for badges and certificates for their young people

  • And much more!


Visit Leeds Children Hospital Girl Guides and Scouts at www.leedshospitalguides.com

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Leeds SOUP No.4 Winners

Growing Better CIC 

Winner Profile

Growing Better is a social enterprise dedicated to better mental health through growing edible produce.

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About Their Project

Sponsored by Parallax, Growing Better won an fantastic £1,335 to support their urban farm project, which provides a supportive working environment for people facing a range of mental health challenges.

To ensure that they remain a sustainable social enterprise, they also sell the amazing produce that they grow.


Contact Growing Better CIC at:

📞  0113 240 2541

📧  hello@growingbetter.co

💻  @Growing_Better

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Leeds SOUP No. 3 Winners


Winner Profile

CATCH is registered charity made up of passionate volunteers who want to make a positive difference. They run a multifunctional community centre named ‘ARK’ in Harehills, Leeds and provide activities for children and young people.

About Their Project 

Sponsored by AQL, CATCH won an outstanding  £1,875 to put towards organising youth sessions in Leeds.

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Where Are They Now?

And they did just that! CATCH put their winning money towards managing  their own youth sessions for children and young people from all backgrounds.


Contact CATCH today:

📞  0113 235 0614

📧  catch@arkleeds.co.uk

💻  @CATCHLeeds

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Leeds SOUP No. 2 Winners

Pyramid of Arts

Winner Profile

Pyramid of Arts run art groups for people with and without learning disabilities throughout Leeds.

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About Their Project

Sponsored by Liberty Mutual, Pyramid of Arts won  £1,794.10 to put towards their creative project. Their groups come together to make large-scale sculptures, paintings and installations with professional artists. They also make music together and explore movement, dance and drama.

Most of all, they allow people with and without disabilities to share their interest in the arts, make friends and have fun.


Contact Pyramid of Arts today:

📞  0113 234 6040

💻  www.pyramid-of-arts.org.uk

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Leeds SOUP No.1 Winners

Forage Café

Winner Profile

Forage Café was a pay as you feel café in Leeds. Part of the Real Junk Food Project, they intercepted surplus food, created great meals and organised arts events.


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Where are they now? 

The Forage Café team won an amazing  £1,096.50 to put towards developing and decorating the café, with the help of 14 young people from the National Citizens Service.

However, unfortunately they are no longer open.

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