Residents in Stirling are to have the opportunity to transform their beloved city next month through an American inspired funding initiative.
‘Stirling Soup’, which is based on the successful foreign alternative ‘Detroit Soup’ will take place on the 27th May at 7pm in the Albert Hall, presenting five individual local projects in a bid to encourage vibrancy and enjoyment on the city’s streets.
Event founder Kathryn Welch was inspired to establish this event after visiting similar projects in both Edinburgh and Essex.
Kathryn said: “It’s such a simple idea. We bring great local ideas together with people who care about Stirling, and for just £5 people get to make a real difference to a project they care about”.
During the event participants will be invited to make a £5 donation, allowing them to enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and bread alongside the live entertainment of listening to each cause being pitched.
A variety of local businesses have already shown support for the initiative, including Allen and Harris estate agents, who have offered to print and distribute flyers and Lush Stirling, who will be offering hand massages in return for donations throughout the event.
Kathryn spoke highly regarding the level of support they have received. She said: “We have a fantastic team of volunteers helping to organise Stirling Soup and local businesses have been fantastic in showing their support.”
Individuals and charities who have an idea are being encouraged to apply to pitch for substantial funding, with the project finding most in favour being awarded all donations to make their initiative a reality.
Kathryn added: “The only criteria are that the project benefits Stirling local area, and that it’s small in scale enough for a donation of a few hundred pounds to make a real difference” says Kathryn. “Other than that, it’s absolutely wide open, and any sort of idea or project is welcome to apply”.
Application forms are available from StirlingSoup@Outlook.com and tickets can be reserved in advance via stirlingsoup.eventbrite.com.