An inspirational event is being held at South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus for young people who have a new business idea.
Bringing together South Essex College, Riverside Community Big Local (a National Lottery funded organisation) and Thurrock Council, the YOUTHINK! event is taking place on 26th April at the College’s Thurrock Waves Restaurant from 5.30pm.
It aims to inspire Thurrock’s young people who have social enterprise and business ideas, with advice and support to start a new business and help to find funding.
The event is open to young people aged 16-24 with an inspirational idea who will have the opportunity to pitch their new business or social enterprise idea to the room.
Everyone who attends donates £5 and gets a bowl of tasty homemade soup and a roll (made by the students) as well as the chance to vote on their favourite idea. All of the £5s collected go into a pot and the winning idea receives the money, so the more people who attend, the bigger the pot!.
This event has been inspired by Thurrock Soup where previous winners have received up to £200 on the night as well as further funding to use towards setting up their business.
Teresa O’Keeffe from Riverside Community Big Local, said: “Many people have an idea tucked away, but they don’t know what to do with it. This is an opportunity for all of Thurrock’s young adults to turn their ideas into a business, with help, business support and access to funding. We hope that the local schools and colleges take up this challenge. It should be a great evening!”
Graeme Collie, Head of Commercial Catering at South Essex College, said it was a great opportunity for young people.
He said: “I’m delighted the College is hosting this event which will inspire our future generation. This event is the perfect opportunity for young people to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.”
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Thurrock Soup aims to help inspire social enterprise and business ideas from Thurrock residents and offer advice and support in starting a new business and in identifying funding.
These regular events offer local people an opportunity to pitch their ideas and win some start-up money if chosen as the best idea on the night.
To take part, participants are invited to treat themselves to a bowl of tasty soup and a roll for £5, all of which goes into a pot. The £5 also gives people the chance to vote for their preferred idea.
Previous Soup winners have received £100 to £200 to use towards setting up their business. In all, over £800 has been raised so far and ot all has been used to help new businesses start up!
One of these successes is “Smallzdeep”, a young musician who used his start-up fund to set-up a music studio here in Grays where he works with young people, sometimes from difficult backgrounds to help them to express themselves through music.
This is often helped by working with known artists and rising artists such as D’One. On Thursday 26 April there will be a special version of the Soup event – YOUTHINK! – aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who have an inspirational idea.
This event will be held at Waves Restaurant, South Essex College in New Road Grays and will start at 5.30pm – everyone welcome!
Do you have a great idea? Would you like to start a business?
For more information and to book a place at an event visit:www.thurrocksoup7.eventbrite.co.uk or email@example.com
Thurrock Soup is an innovative and inspirational series of events that help generate transformational social enterprise and business ideas from local people and create a way for them to receive seed funding to help turn ideas into realities.
The process is very simple, everyone buys a bowl of soup and a roll for £5, the money goes into a pot, people pitch their ideas, then everyone votes on their favourite and the winner takes the money! Simples!
Inspired by a Big Local area near Bradford, we are producing a quarterly “Good News” Magazine – when we say good, we mean it will focus on the positive things that are happening in and around Grays.
The glossy 36 page A5 magazine will be distributed to over 3000 homes in the local area.
Featuring local interest articles, community contributions and regular features such as heritage, arts and culture, kids, sports and fitness, cookery, gardening, film and book reviews and more – this will be the best publication for the area – and we want your business on board.
With advertising from as little as £24.65* per edition, register you interest here and a member of our team will be in touch. You will be sent the advertising price list by email.
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*bulk discounts apply to bookings of 3 editions or more.
Grays Riverside Big Local are launching an exciting new outdoor skills project for the young people of Grays Riverside in partnership with Forest School for All.
The weekly activities are for youngsters aged 6-19 who want to learn forest skills such as shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, camp craft and new life skills and will be on different weeknights for three age ranges.
The group are also looking for adult volunteers who would like to receive training and be involved. Organiser, Jeanette Alexander said “I often see young people transformed when they are learning practical skills outdoors, so many don’t get the regular opportunity to do these kinds of activities in a safe environment.”
To register your interest in joining one of the groups fill in the form below or as a volunteer please apply here or call Jeanette on 07788 529505
It is an oft-missed piece of woodland at the juncion of Bridge Road/Manorway and Argent Street and by early 2017 it will belong to the community of Grays through the work of Riverside Community Big Local.
Once the title has been transferred we will be undertaking some tree surgery work and rebuilding the wall with railings to secure the park at night.
A group of nearby residents are leading on the project and will be talking to the wider community about the possibilities of the pocket park once these works have been completed.
We are excited to be partnering with Thurrock Council in launching Thurrock Soup – an event where local entrepreneurs with business or social enterprise ideas share their idea with others and the best idea is funded by the entrance fee!
This simple but effective concept can help you sharpen your focus and improve your idea whilst getting you the chance of winning a few hundred pounds to develop your business plan or product.
The first event will be hosted at The Beehive, West Street, Grays at 18:30 until 20:30 on Friday 9th September and the entrance fee of £5 will buy you a bowl of freshley prepared soup produced from locally grown organic produce and a delicious bread roll. (Of course at the end of the night all entrance fees will go to the winning business or social enterprise idea!)
To register for the event please visit the link here and remember to bring a five pound note with you!
More success news from the AGM as a wide variety of proposed projects were voted on with such interesting ideas as the Great Artistic Showdown & Showcase, a community market, a pocket wood and learning trail, and a rooftop event or rave (if the top of the multi-storey car park could be made available).
The project with the highest number of votes was a beach café to bring more visitors to Grays Beach and make it a real day out destination.
All of the projects also attracted a number of willing volunteers ready to take on the challenge of breathing life into what are, for the moment, aspirational dreams for a better and more vibrant community. Of course, it was the beach café that signed up the largest complement of volunteers, showing just how attractive the idea really is.
It is also fascinating to note that some projects brought up at the AGM (see the photo above) have sparked off-shoot ideas following the meeting such as the possibility of having a drive-thru Santa’s Grotto on the roof of the multi-storey car park! It just goes to show what an inventive, creative community Grays Riverside truly is.