The biggest of them of course were the presentations of our community projects. Ever wondered what bees and Shakespeare have in common? They are at the heart of community projects in Oxford, showing the diversity and power of social and environmental action in this town. We had a wider range of projects presenting than ever before and invite all of you to have a look at them and get in touch with us or them directly if you are interested in becoming a part of them or just want to learn more:
Tin Can Housing strives towards combining their fight against waste and homelessness, using revenues from recycling to provide funds for accommodation. They are involved in a number of further projects. Check them out here: oxfordgatehouse.org/, http://www.theporch.org.uk/, https://www.facebook.com/OnYourDoorstepCampaign/#, http://oxfordhomelessproject.org.uk/
Sexpression Oxford aims to empower young people to make their own informed decisions about their relationships and bodies. They are a student led group, sending volunteers into schools across Oxford and beyond to run inclusive, destigmatising, non-judgemental, open workshops on topics that include consent, safer sex and healthy relationships. Find them on facebook or e-mail them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bee Saviour Behaviour encourages active bee saviour citizens. Bee Saviour Behaviour takes bee preservation beyond clicktivism with reuse, purpose + social interaction. Check out their twitter account here www.twitter.com/saviourbee or get in touch with email@example.com.
Socially Shakespeare is all about supporting children with autism to develop their social skills through a Shakespeare based programme. They will support local children in Oxford using local actors to facilitate drama therapy in the summer.
Iffley Open House have occupied empty space on Iffley Road and provide secure shelter and basic amenities for people sleeping rough in Oxford this winter. Find out all about their cause here: https://www.facebook.com/IffleyOpenHouse and https://twitter.com/iffleyopenhouse?lang=en
The Makings of a Scientist portrays the stories of women in science at all levels – from high school students to nobel prize winners, aiming to inspire women to take up a career in science and transform the world. There will be a video and a book and much more.
Our dinner guests voted for Iffley Open House and Sexpression Oxford to receive the money raised at the door and they got £300 and £70 respectively. Since the vote was extremely close and since we had six projects this time, we decided to give money to both projects and cannot wait to hear back from them on how their projects have been going!
There was more, of course! We had a fantastic musician, Jack Leahy Smiling Politely, who brought his guitar along and made the evening extra special. And of course, we had looooots of soup and delicious bread. Our most popular was the Minestrone, but Apple Parsnip, Beetroot Tomato and Squash were – literally – hot contenders!
A huge thank you to everyone who came and who contributed in one way or another and made this evening such a success. We cannot wait for more and will keep you updated!
Soup Love! xxx