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If you live in Bath & North East Somerset and you have an idea to improve your local community you can sign up to be part of a new crowd-funding event called the Bath Soup Project.
 
Charities, community organisations and Bath & North East Somerset residents have until next week (October 14) to apply to be part of the launch of the Bath Soup Project on November 3.
 
The first event takes place at the Shrubbery Restaurant, Bath College.
 
How it works:
-Everyone in attendance pays a minimum of £5 and the purpose of the evening is to watch five people pitch an idea to improve their local community.
 
-Once the ideas have been pitched, everyone gets a bowl of soup courtesy of Bath College, plus a chance to chat and mull over the pitch they want to vote for. When the votes have been counted, the project with the most votes receives all the cash raised on the night to start their project.
 
-The event aims to bring together people who share a desire for a better community. The added advantage is they also get to meet people and share ideas and resources. New connections are made and it brings the community closer together.
 
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Julie Poll, Business Connector for B&NES, is working on the project with Lucy Beattie, from Bath College, Mike Plows, from the B&NES Volunteer Centre, and volunteer Simon Brand.
 
The group are looking for support from local people and businesses to attend on the evening and be part of making a positive difference to the community.
 
They would also love to hear from anyone who is able to donate additional resources or services to ensure future sustainability of the project.
 
Doors open at the college at 6pm and the presentations will start at 6.30pm.
 
Hospitality and catering students from Bath College will serve bread and soup to people in the college’s Shrubbery Restaurant at 7.30pm.
 
Julie Poll, Business Connector for B&NES, said: “Bath Soup Project is an opportunity to develop partnerships for local communities and businesses, and fully demonstrate the themes I focus on in my role: education, employability, enterprise and community.
 
“More importantly, this is an opportunity to bring together people in B&NES who share a desire for a better community. It’s exciting to bring this project, originating from Detroit, to B&NES and will be even more exciting to hear new ideas benefitting the local community.
 
“I am most grateful to Bath College, Mailboxes Etc, Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy, The Thoughtful Bread Company, The Business Exchange and MP Ben Howlett for their support.
 
“Thanks should also go to my colleagues Lucy, Mike and Simon for their on-going commitment, enthusiasm and determination to ensure the future success of the project.”
 
The deadline to apply to pitch at the event is October 14. To apply click here.
 
To attend the event register via Eventbrite.

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