Devonport SOUP hit Plymouth for the very first time as the international success which hails from Detroit came to Plymouth on Thursday 12th November.
The event was organised by Devonport Live, with support from the Real Ideas Organisation, Plymouth City Council and the RSA South West. The famous SOUP events aim to bring the community together over a micro-granting dinner, as audience members pay a donation on the door for some soup, salad, bread, and the chance to vote for a winning project to transform their community.
Four pitches were delivered to the audience, and the winning pitch won the donations on the door, as well as full match funding from Plymouth City Council. The four pitches came from Backed, Native Makers, Cornerstone Vision and Bue Parakeet CIC, who also delivered the winning pitch and walked away with nearly £800.
Jo Higson’s project aims to encourage young women to consider alternative career routes and address the gender pay gap.
Jo said, “I’m over the moon to have won. With the money we will now be able to help young women and girls broaden their horizons when it comes to a career.”
Jo will use the money to create a website which will feature profiles of women who have careers in a broad range of spheres, such as engineering, blacksmithing and funeral directing.
Due to the success of the first ever SOUP event in the region with 80 people in attendance, these events are looking to be rolled out quarterly. Keep your eyes peeled for the next event, and how you can get involved.
For more information, visit the Plymouth Herald website.