The first ever Basildon Soup event - Creating opportunity and improving lives by bringing local people together to raise start-up funding for small scale community projects in Basildon Borough.

Image showing the Basildon Soup Brand LogoImage showing those attending the 1st ever Basildon Soup community fundraising event on 22 April 2017Members of the public who attended this first ever Basildon Soup event held at the George Hurd Centre, Basildon, generously donated £5 each towards a start-up funding cash award to be presented to the most popular new community project idea, chosen from a total of four proposals.

In the weeks leading up to the Basildon Soup event anyone looking for start-up funding for a new small scale community project was invited to submit their proposal online to the event organisers.

Four proposals were submitted for consideration at this event. Each candidate presented a 'pitch' for their proposed project idea to those attending, after which soup and rolls were served and finally, a vote was taken to decide which of the four projects proved the most popular.

Whilst the votes were being counted, Danny Lovey from The Rotary Club of Basildon Concord, talked about Mayfest 2017 and how to get involved. Carla Andrews, founder of Motivated Minds, spoke about her latest projects around health and well-being and reducing social isolation for young and older people.

Four proposals submitted for consideration

1. A and N Counselling CIC

Kevin Palmer of A and N Counselling CIC is looking for funding to enable the provision free counselling to those that cannot afford it at various community venues across the Borough, with every donation being match-funded by A and C Counselling.

2. 'Clean Up Basildon'

Mark Pytka explained that his volunteer group would like funding to continue their mission to tidy up the parks in the Borough and to educate young people to reduce littering.

3. Basildon Parents4Parents

A group of local community volunteers seeking funding to enable them to offer free one to one parental support for anyone, whose child(ren) live in the Basildon Borough and might need help.

4. Liane Swainland

Liane is seeking funding to reinvigorate Laindon's war memorial flower bed.

The winning project proposal

The winning project with the most votes was announced as Basildon Parents4Parents.

Image showing Maryanne Odei and Helen Webb, whose project Parents4Parents won start-up funding at the 1st ever Basildon Soup community fundraising event on 22 April 2017.Their pitch was a passionate one, with Maryanne Odei and Helen Webb from Basildon Parents4Parents explaining that they support all parents who might not otherwise be able to access services provided by other agencies. Issues they help with include debt advice, parenting and support for children with autism and ADHD.

The total £220 raised, including £100 donated by Basildon Council's Community Involvement team, will go towards extending Basildon Parents4Parents support service to include a drop-in facility .


The event organisers would like to give a very big THANK YOU to:

  • Everyone who contributed their £5 donation and helped to make our very first Basildon Soup event a success.
  • Southend Soupand Colchester Soup for inspiring this pilot event and allowing us to draw on their web page content.

Further help and support welcome

If you would like to get involved in future Basildon Soup events, either by running a stall at a future event or helping out on the day, or if you would like to support any of the projects mentioned above, then please please get in touch with us, see contact details below.

Contact Community Involvement Team