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84. Helene Irving

Helene has helped set up a London branch of an innovative pop-up soup restaurant initiative to crowd fund community projects.

10 Downing Street

Helene Irving, describes the London Soup events as a community experiment. Londoners are invited to come together to eat as a community and to hear from four different projects seeking to create social good. Guests are served delicious, home-made soup, salad and bread. The group discusses the projects and then votes for the project they like the best and donate the door takings to give the project a boost to help it get started. Helene has also secured support from local producers who donate the soup ingredients.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Helene is a Point of Light who has supported a truly innovative concept. London Soup is a fantastic idea bringing together neighbours to eat, socialise and support great local causes.”

Helene said:

“I am really pleased to win this award in recognition of the work that I and my fellow volunteers do. Volunteering has given me the chance to really feel a part of my city and London SOUP, in particular, is about bringing Londoners together to make the city better through community action and interaction. It doesn’t take much to make a difference and I hope that, aside from giving a boost to local community projects, it also inspires others to feel more connected to their local areas.”

London Soup has already helped to support two small local projects – Just Bread, which helps refugee women in the UK find work and arts company, Pan Intercultural. You can apply to attend, pitch or help organise the event at

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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