Our first ever event was a great success! Here’s a quick summary of the night’s pitches and what was involved…
The Q North Foundation
The first pitch of the night was the Q North Foundation, which aims to become the first LGBT arts & education foundation in the Highlands and Islands. Q North are working to make Inverness a more inclusive & LGBT-friendly city. The project hopes to connect local young people who have recently come out, or are struggling to do so. They are seeking funds to produce & distribute boxes with information & guidance. A great project, much needed, and we wish them all the best!
The Edge are a group of students and teachers from Inverness High School who hope to turn an area of waste ground adjacent to the school’s farm into an orchard & wild flower meadow. We are delighted to say The Edge were our first ever Inverness Soup winners! They received the door takings of £350 to put towards their project. We wish them all the best and can’t wait to here how they have got on at our next event!
The Ticket Office Project
The third group we hear from was the Ticket Office Project. It was inspiring to hear how the community of North Kessock was coming together to develop an importance resource & revitalise the centre of the village. The project aims to purchase, repair, upgrade & manage the village’s former ferry ticket office. This will eventually include a range of facilities available to the wider community & improve the visual appearance of the building. The ticket office is initially looking for funds to clean up the building & obtain office furniture.
For more information, or if you are interested in helping, please visit The Ticket Office Project website.
Blackthorn Allotments Association
The fourth & final group to pitch was the Blackthorn Allotments Association. Hannah showed us through a wonderful mime how difficult it can be to engage members of the public in the community plot without suitable tools or seating. The Association have twice weekly ‘open gate’ sessions open to any member of the public interested in learning about growing. They also host a weekly ‘Green Gym’, run in association with New Craigs Hospital Occupational Therapy, to encourage exercise through environmental outdoor activities.
In addition to the groups who pitched, Inverness Soup would like to give a big THANK YOU to the following people…
EDEN COURT THEATRE – First of all we would like to give a huge thank you to Eden Court Theatre for the use of their beautiful Maclean Room! It was a fantastic location for our first event and the soup was delicious!
JAMES MACKENZIE – Next up is a huge thank you to the Highland’s own singer/songwriter James Mackenzie, who gave the performance on the evening. It’s safe to say that our audience LOVED the music, and it gave the night a real party atmosphere. Check out James at: http://www.jamesmackenziemusic.co.uk/
SPONSORS – As Inverness Soup is a non-profit organisation, we cannot put on events without the generosity of our wonderful sponsors. Our first event was sponsored by Highland Home Cares, Highland Whole Foods, Maggie & Suzi Boutique, & Innes & Mackay. Additional thanks goes out to the many who gave raffle prizes!
DUNCAN MEECHAN – Special thanks to Duncan who took the fantastic photos of the evening displayed in our gallery. You can see more of Duncan’s work here.
VOLUNTEERS – We would like to extent our gratitude to all the volunteers who helped along the way. Without you the event could not have gone ahead and the community spirit you all displayed is what the Soup movement is all about!
YOU – Finally, we would like to thank our wonderful audience, without whom the night would not have been such a success! We hope to see you all at our next event!