Our latest round of Community Soups saw large crowds of people from our communities come together to vote which projects should receive funding for their area.

Over three nights, we held Community Soup pitching events across different areas of our city, and in total we have funded 11 new projects this time around!

The groups that have been funded this time will work to tackle issues such as social isolation, green space management, community events and more. Take a look below for the full list of the groups which we have funded.


Ryder Brow Allotment - £4,000
The community allotment is a group which is accessible to all who have an interest or would like to learn about growing fruits and vegetables organically. Participants will be able to access growing areas for collectively growing food, learn how to harvest crops and add value by cooking and preserving what has been produced.

Heaven on Earth - £3,000
The funding will kick-start their mission for improving the health and wellbeing of the younger generation, encouraging them to be more active and spend less time on screens. The funding will help us to empower families and reduce these figures and create a healthier and happier community within Manchester.

Beswick Over 50s - £2,000
A group for people 50 plus who are feeling lonely and isolated in Beswick. The funding will go towards running more activities for the growing number of people attending.

Music International - £1,000
Manchester-based Music Action International transform lives destroyed by war & torture. They reduce the effects of trauma and isolation and connect local communities through positive social experiences.

Let's Keep Growing - £4,000
A community garden project run by a group of Longsight residents, working in the network of alleyways in the area. They will use funding to maintain and develop the alleyways with monthly cleaning, gardening and plant swap sessions.

Coverdale and Newbank Community Grocer - £3,000
Their project brings people together in our community for daytime and evening get together to combat social isolation and activities through food and healthy eating. Sharing different foods from different cultures and learning together about the multicultural community we live in.

Odd Arts - £2,000
This group deliver specialist theatre programmes within education, criminal justice and community settings, enabling people to see the world differently. Their key commitments and focus for 2019-2022 are reducing violence, knife crime, radicalisation, and domestic abuse.

Platt Fields Market Garden - £1,000
They will use the funding to continue to run a Gardening Club and add more activities to their calendar at the garden such as mindfulness sessions and kids club.

Debdale Men's Shed - £4,000
Men's Sheds are a lifeline to many older people and tackle social isolation and loneliness issues in the community. Soup funding will enable them to renovate a second cabin into a further useable work area.

Thirsty Scholar - £4,000
The project works with older isolated residents in the high rises and community of Hulme. They will organise a regular 24 weekly reminiscence cafe sharing stories and laughter to combat isolation providing hot healthy and nutritious meals throughout the winter months.

Dineamo 15 - £1,000
This started as a project to improve people’s mental health, and wellbeing. They are a group of local people in Hulme, who attend weekly workshops with the Healthy Community team to deliver a service. They deliver fresh, vibrant dishes for a community café. 

Gorton Youth Council - £1,000
Gorton Youth Council aims give young people a voice within the community. They are trying to raise awareness of GYC and offer activities and interactive sessions which they will allow them to engage with more of the local youth.

We're really looking forward to working with not only these groups, but all of the groups that attended our Soup events over those three days. We try to assist all the groups that pitch on the night, regardless of whether or not they receive our funding.

It looks like there are going to be some brilliant community projects going on in Manchester in 2020, we can't wait to get started!

For more information about our Community Soups please email lesley.brereton@onemanchester.co.uk.