Sheffield Soup has all the ingredients to make a bigger difference

Brian Trevaskiss, Pennie Raven and Justin Rowntree from the Sheffield Soup panel
Brian Trevaskiss, Pennie Raven and Justin Rowntree from the Sheffield Soup panel
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With two successful crowdfunding events under its belt, the Sheffield Soup project is taking a step forward by becoming a charity.

The initiative was started by a group of business people who were brought together by founder Pennie Raven.

Sheffield Soup funds ideas which are aimed at making a difference to life in the city.

Attendees event each pay a minimum of £5, listen to four ideas pitched by entrepreneurs, and eat soup made by Silversmiths Restaurant.

They then discuss the pitches and vote for their favourite. The idea with the most votes wins all the money taken on the door.

The winner uses the money to fund their idea and reports back at the next Soup to update the crowd, or investors.

Now plans for expansion are being made. Sheffield Soup needs to become a charity to apply for funding and be in a position to offer practical support.

Brian Trevaskiss, owner of Sheffield business Faberwood, will join Pennie and Justin Rowntree, of Silversmiths, to form the charity’s board of trustees.

“We have had such a positive response to the first Soups and we’re now ready to help Sheffield neighbourhood volunteers set up local events,” said Pennie.

“We’re looking to start with five neighbourhoods. Along with our help and support, they’ll receive a community starter pack.

“ Each pack contains logos, information on marketing, website, judging and on-the-night event guides.

“Combined with expert advice from the team, new neighbourhoods will be given, free of charge, everything they need to get their own ‘soup’ off the ground.”

Justin added: “When Pennie first told me about the Sheffield Soup concept it was her enthusiasm and vision that drew me to getting involved.

“After two great events, I can now see how this vision can be realised.”

As well as suggestions for the five new neighbourhoods, volunteer judges are also needed to pick four ideas from the applications put forward.

Supporters come from all walks of life, including designer Ian Anderson and Gina Walters, from the band Screaming Maldini.

The next Sheffield Soup is at The Printhouse on North Church Lane on Wednesday, November 25. Doors 6pm.

The deadline for applications is next Saturday, November 14.

Email pennie@sheffieldsoup.com for details or to get involved.