Saturday, 3 October, One Love Centre, Southend. (See the Booking link for details!)

Things don’t have to be this way. Things can be better. For all of us.

We can all contribute to improving our own lives and the lives of those around us. If everyone did what they could, and wanted to, in their own neighbourhoods, what could happen..?

This event is for anyone involved in, or wanting to get involved in, community action. We’re hoping people from other SOUP projects will come – but the event is for anyone that’s interested.

Ever been to an Unconference? You don’t come to sit and listen to people tell you about how clever they are; you come to participate (which might include talking a bout how clever you are).

Talk, learn, inspire, be inspired.

As the SOUP micro-funding movement sweeps the nation, we’re inviting people to come and talk about People Power and how we can all be agents for positive change.

Southend Soup has always been about encouraging everyone to think about the smallest things they can do. We’re especially keen to help those who’ve had (or are having) challenges in life to redisover their voice and their power to take control over their lives.

The Unconference will be largely self-organising. We’ll use Open Space and do unconferency things that get people talking, sharing and building on one another ideas – stuff like ‘Lightning Talks’ (5 minute creative presentations) and ‘Speed Inspiring’ – like speed-dating, with the bells and i-like-you forms, but connecting around ideas.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL The venue has a limit on the amount of people it can accommodate, so please book your ticket in advance. This will also help us ensure we cook up enough Soup!

It’s FREE, but… the event will include a typical SOUP micro-funding session, so bring a bit of money – if you can – to go into the pot. And, the venue has asked to sell teas and coffees to raise some funds. We’d like to help them with that, because we love them. They do a lot of good stuff. You might also want to buy things from the craft stalls.

Ways to get involved:

1. Host a Lightning Talk. If you’ve set up a SOUP, or other ‘people powered’ project, or something else that’s amazing and wonderful, and you want to inspire others, you can host a 5 minute presentation. No Powerpoint; plenty of creativity. Art, props, role-play, interpretive dance are all desireable formats. Use your imagination! We need to know in advance if you want to do this.

2. Submit a proposal for micro-funding. Want some money to help get an idea of the ground, or to improve something you’re already doing? We’ll be doing the ususal SOUP thing and hearing a few Good Ideas looking for funding. Let us know if you’d like your idea to be considered.

3. Bring entertainment. All of our SOUP events involve as much fun as we can squeeze in. Bring whatever you do – music, face paints, magic tricks, colouring-in accoutrements, hula-hoops etc.

4. Bring arts and crafts. If you make nice things that people might want to buy – bring some along. Again, let us know if you want to do this, so we can make sure we have space for you. We ask stall-holders to make a small donation to the venue as a thank you. The amount is up to you.

Speed-Inspiring and Open Space will be arranged on the day.

For Talks, Micro-Funding or Craft stalls (or questions) – please email

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