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Ring in 2018 at Stockton SOUP #9!

What an amazing year 2017 was for Stockton SOUP and for projects across Stockton. Your continued support made a massive difference to individuals from all walks of life, all around our wonderful town. Thank you!

As we get into 2018 we are excited to be hosting another year of events with the focus and aim of loving our town, our neighbours, our families, those who we've grown up with and those who we've just met. SOUP events will continue to showcase those people and projects who are getting their hands dirty and engaging in our communities for the pure love of it the people who call it home. On a side note, do you know of such a project? Then please tell them to get in touch with us

Our first event of the year is in just over a week, Wednesday the 17th of January, in our usual venue of ARC, Stockton Arts Centre in The Point event space, get the latest event info here:

At our birthday event in September, we had our largest attendance yet with over 130 of you amazing SOUPER Hero's, meaning that £1174 was shared between four projects. We love our amazing attendees (our SOUP Hero's) you make the events. But we have room to grow, so please please keep coming, and bringing friends, sharing with others at work and even people you bump into on the street. As we unite we can continue to impact our town, our home.

Do keep giving us feedback on what you think works well, what we could do better and if you have ideas that we may not have even thought of. Also if you want flyers please email us and we'll get them to you.

Click Here For The SOUP #9 - Jan 2018 - Event Page
We've also had this great video graciously produced for us giving a little flavour of what goes on at a Stockton SOUP event. Please share it with friends, family and those you think might be interested in attending, or pitching at a future event.
Watch our video to hear from members of the Stockton SOUP team and pitchers about what Stockton SOUP is about and what goes on at a SOUP event night.
You amazing lot! Over 80 of you turned out on a cold windy night to make your community better! £711.52 went directly to 4 local projects making a real difference this Christmas.

Thank you thank you thank you!
Project 1 – 'Our House'

In the past year 330 have been killed worldwide because of being trans. In the UK many trans people live in fear or isolation, face hate crimes and often they can find themselves homeless due to not being fully accepted by their family and friends. 

Trans Aware in partnership with The Student Living Company seeks to do something about this with the"Our House" project. 

Based in the heart of Stockton-on-Tees they established a community residential safe space for trans people who are at risk. Our House is a much need safe space and home to those in need – with the added security of a project officer from Trans Aware that lives on site. Young people can use this as a stepping stone on their journey towards independence and older people who are living in isolation are able to enjoy the community. This amazing space is a refuge to many and removes the stress of having to exist with the constant questioning about their identity that is often faced by those living or coming out as trans and fears over security. A space for people to be free to be themselves.

Trans Aware got 22% of the vote and walked away with £155.39

Project 2 - Theatre for every child 

This project is aiming to give every 5 year old in Stockton the chance to experience live theatre at ARC, which for most children will be their very first trip to the theatre. At the moment they prioritise the most disadvantaged children but hopefully, as it progresses, the they will benefit all five year olds across the borough.

The thrill of a live theatre show should not be restricted to just those who can afford it. Theatre for every child seeks to reverse the decline in theatre attendance to engage and impassion a new generation with the joy of the arts.

If you would like more information about how you or your business can become an Every Child Campaign supporter, please contact Gill Adams, Every Child Campaign Manager, ARC Stockton.
Tel 01642 525199

Theatre for every child received 11% of the vote and £81.78

Project 3 -  Somewhere Else

Set up to address the impact of isolation and loneliness on people's health outcomes. The aim of Somewhere Else is to combat loneliness, encourage a sense of belonging and increase self-worth. As part of their role, Somewhere else work with asylum seekers that have often been traumatised. Many of them also have children that have been deeply affected by what has happened to them. Trauma, left untreated can be debilitating and impacts upon development, self-esteem and worth. It affects attachment, the building of relationships and perpetuates the difficulties associated with being lonely and socially isolated. 

Somewhere Else are seeking to use the money from SOUP to create a safe, welcoming and dedicated space for these children where therapists can work with them. Somewhere Else are committed to providing the right facilities, support and therapy to enable the children to engage in the trauma work necessary to allow them to live happier and more functional lives
for more information visit

Somewhere else received 43% of the vote and £302.60

Project 4 - The Auxiliary 

The Auxiliary (an artist led initiative in central Stockton) started a small vegetable garden at the front of the project's base last year. They saw it as a great way to generate food for their project, but also help them connect with their neighbours. But from there it grew!!!!

They are based on a diverse and multi-cultural residential street, but no matter who the person, what language they spoke or their walk of life they stopped! They look, ask questions and sometimes just tell stories: about the time their father had an allotment, or the type of spinach they grow in their own garden, or what they would grow, if they had a garden. As Liam said on the night, this project may not change the world – but it is changing this street! This project matters because it is bringing a community together, making people smile and building connections. It gives a sense of pride to the street.

With the funding from SOUP they are expanding into other gardens on the street and are hoping to start a community garden. Anyone who wants can be involved and will have a say in what’s grown. Everyone gets to share the spoils, too, and they might even have a street party next summer to eat everything that they’ve grown together. 

The Auxiliary received 24% of the vote and £171.75

 wow, aren't they all brilliant?! If you would like to support any of the projects further or anymore information please email us on 
We know these are just the tip of the iceberg of people doing amazing things in Stockton! We want to keep going, keep cheering, keep supporting, keep celebrate, keep highlighting and keep raising money - but we really need you to joinwith us! Pop these dates in your diary will you, organise your mates, your lifts, your babysitters, your time and join us at the ARC Stockton at 6.30pm.

Don't forget that not only does every single penny and pound donated at the door get given away to projects pitching on the night, but we secured match funding meaning for every £1 you donate £2 goes to the projects. No running costs are taken from your donations, all team are volunteers, the venue is gifted to us by ARC and the homemade soup by the fantastic guys at No 60.

Check out the event page on Facebook here and make sure to let us, and your friends, know you're coming by clicking the "Going" button.

Click Here For The SOUP #9 - 17th Jan 2018 Event Page
Dates for Your Diary
Excitingly we have a whole load of future SOUP dates booked in...
17th January 2018
21st Match 2018
16th May 2018
Got an Idea to Pitch?
Would you like to share your idea at a future SOUP event? Send an email to and ask for an application pack.
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