Colchestersoup – what is it?

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Colchester meets Detroit meets Colchester.

Why choose Detroit?

They had a brilliant idea and we want to emulate it in our town.

Following devastation in a city with no money initiative came to the fore as the community worked together to rebuild their homes and lives.

Whilst Colchester hasn’t suffered in such a way it is experiencing a resurgence in creativity and imagination when it relates to community. While some ideas are quite high profile and are sexy enough to attract press attention there are a multitude where people are just getting on with things.

Detroit noticed this as well and devised a way of getting everyone both involved and aware.

They came up with Detroit Soup in 2010.

It’s a simple idea.
Come along to enjoy a bowl of soup and a drink for a minimum cost eg $5 and also receive a vote.

During the evening around 3 local people/groups get their chance to present their ideas – what they’ve been doing, why they need the money and how they see themselves in 6 months time. They don’t have to have charity status, simply people who feel their idea makes a bit of difference to an element of their community.

The votes go in and the winner wins the money from the door takings.

We’ve read about it in Detroit, attended it in Southend (that’s the Essex UK one) and decided it’s high time Colchester took part.

Please do get in touch with any questions, have a chat on twitter @colchestersoup, talk to your neighbours/friends about the idea and let’s make this a great evening of making friends, meeting people and being surprised by everyone’s ingenuity!

Not in Colchester but want soup anyway? Check to find a venue near you….or start one up!

6 thoughts on “Colchestersoup – what is it?

  1. This sounds great. A bowl of soup symbolises warmth and hearty health to me so it seems like a good way to share ideas…of a bowl of soup. Please keep me posted on your first meeting.

    I run a local book group Appetite Book Club and every now and then I run bar nights in Colchester, which have loose themes (often based on books or films) Our biggest accomplishment is that people come from all age groups. I look forward to hearing from you further. Best, Jo

  2. Great to be the first to pitch @ the first ever ColchesterSoup, and to win the door money!! thanks so much for a very good evening with some awesome local people. Well done.

    GO4 Enterprises CIC formed in 2010 to create employment, training, and volunteering opportunities for young people. We run the GO4 Market Cafe in Holy Trinity Church, and undertake gardening work for individuals and for Colne Housing Association.

    We now wish to expand into the Hythe Area and operate from an historical boat which we are planning to acquire this year, renovate it, & use it as a resource for the local community. As well as contributing to cleaning the area and river bed up we will provide a hub for a pop up art gallery, vintage sales, cafe, pop up restaurant, and educational trips onboard the vessel. As well as providing a base for small boat and canoe usage.
    Contact Steve Dale, Director on 07969637497 or Pete Hope, Business Development 07941019750

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  4. We have been looking at the Detroit model, as it seems to be a good fit with our community outreach programme. Hope+ started life as a foodbank, but we very soon became a community hub run by both Cathedrals in Liverpool and the city’s faith communities.
    i wondered if there is someone i could have a chat to about how you have set up, and your thinking behind the scheme please?
    above are my contact details. it would be really good to talk things through. huge congratulations for getting going with it.

  5. Hello,

    Is Colchester Soup happening this Friday and if so where?

    Best wishes,


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