December 19 2017
Nil by Mouth have finished the year on a high by securing a five figure donation that will ensure its ground breaking schools programme will continue to build bridges between people in 2018.
The Gannochy Trust have awarded a grant of £10,000 to support our ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme which sees thousands of pupils from across Scotland participate in workshops, sporting competitions and cultural activities together. A key part of the programme sees pupils from denominational and non-denominational schools link in with the charity to participate in a series of workshops exploring stereotypes, sectarianism, identity and misconceptions about religions and beliefs different to their own.
The announcement was made at an event with local primary schools involved in the ‘Condoratt Together’ programme in North Lanarkshire. This a partnership between three primary schools; Condorrat Primary, St Helen’s Primary and Baird Memorial Primary which have built a fantastic working relationship in recent years through the Nil by Mouth schools programme with more than 400 pupils taking part. The pupils launched their new logo at the event attended by parents, clergy and community leaders.
The Gannochy Trust was founded in 1937 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, known as A K Bell, for charitable endeavours as a direct result of his family’s successful whisky distilling business. Every year it donates hundreds of thousands of pounds to good causes across Scotland. Nil by Mouth was set up by 2014 Evening Times ‘Scotswoman of the Year’ Cara Henderson following the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1995. Since then it has campaigned against sectarianism in schools, colleges, workplaces and communities across Scotland.
During 2017/18 more than 6,000 pupils are expected to take part in its school programme thanks to support from the Gannochy Trust.
Nil by Mouth Founder Cara Henderson said:
‘We are thrilled with this fantastic donation from the Gannochy Trust to support our Champions for Change project. Demand for it is growing all the time and support like this allows us to deliver the programme free of charge and ensure that pupils can enjoy learning together and take part in activities which celebrate difference. We have had incredible success with this model over recent years with schools in areas such as Condorrat and over that time we have seen new friends made and old prejudice banished. The enthusiasm shown by the pupils, staff and parents for these ‘inter-school’ partnerships gives us real grounds for optimism in the future. Scotland is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry and we truly believe that this is the generation which will banish it once and for all.