Stop for Soup campaign launches on World Homelessness Day at popular Edinburgh soup café Union of Genius to raise funds for the homeless

On World Homelessness Day (10 October 2018), Bethany Christian Trust, a charity who dedicates its work to ending homelessness, launched its Stop for Soup campaign at popular Edinburgh café, Union of Genius.

This particular campaign is in its sixth year, and asks supporters to hold a soup lunch with the aim of raising vital funds for Bethany’s emergency accommodation and services for the homeless. In partnership with local soup café, Union of Genius, who have been teaming up with Bethany for 5 years in a row, Bethany fundraisers and volunteers shared delicious samplings of soup recipes with passing customers, signed up potential supporters, and helped spread the word about the vital cause of bringing homelessness in Scotland to an end.

Commenting on the campaign, Mairead Macleod, Events and Churches Team Lead at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “Stop for Soup is a great opportunity to get involved with Bethany Christian Trust and show your support for people who are homeless across Scotland. Last year over 34,000 people declared themselves homeless and this number is set to rise. At Bethany, we are doing everything we can to help people through homelessness, and by taking part in this exciting event, you will be too. All the funds raised will be going towards funding our essential services. By taking part you will be helping us end homelessness in Scotland, one person at a time.”

Maisie Walker, Café Manager at Union of Genius, said: “At Union of Genius, we believe in the power that one bowl of soup can make. That’s why we’re partnering with Bethany Christian Trust in helping launch their Stop for Soup campaign, which encourages folk to help the homeless in a simple and meaningful way. We hope this campaign will inspire people to help the homeless this winter either by holding their own Stop for Soup lunch in their home or workplace or by signposting people who are homeless to Bethany’s Winter Care Shelter. No action is too small to make a difference in the homelessness crisis; but everyone has a part to play.”



Union of Genius

  • Union of Genius is a popular soup café that supplies a number of cafes across Edinburgh with fresh soup and salads. The company keep delivery carbon neutral thanks to their cargo bike – which itself was recycled from old bikes. Making their deliveries by bike courier means Union of Genius can continue their environmentally conscious ethos.
  • To learn more about Union of Genius you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page.