PACT ran a successful "Stone Soup" lunch in January 2013. This page has notes on how we did it and various file to download below - please do it yourself where you are - get in touch if you need a hand.
Joan Robinson 07754 773701
- If you are working with another organisation check if they will cover insurance for you.
- Write up a risk assessment (outline attached)
- Write your own health hygiene notes for helpers (outline attached -ours was with advice from EDC Env Officer)
- We borrowed slow cookers and most soups arrived in containers and we heated them up and transferred to slow cookers
- Someone made our bread rolls although this could be a group activity in someone’s kitchen!
- To save on washing up we used kitchen roll for plates.
- We put the tables in rows so that no one felt isolated. Only used a couple of bread baskets so that people had to ask for it to be passed along.
- Everything was free although we had a donation box on the side to raise money for a S Army project. (Donations also covered hire of room.)
- We targetted elderly, poorer areas, advertised on town bus and handed out leaflets in the street to those we thought might like an invitation. But if a small village why not ask everyone.
- We made a special effort to welcome people at the door.
- The Freegle bring and take for free attracted a lot of interest, there were some bargins.
- We worked with a youth group in advance to make up pea planters to give away. The Young people also helped us on the day.
- We even had a volunteer juggler performing outside! Who went through town and advertised soup left for last servings ¾ hour before the end.
- We bagged up spare soup and handed it out to folks to take home.
- Don’t forget to thank people afterwards.
- Encourage others to do a soup day and do it again next year!