June 29 2017

Karla Berry from the Ruby Trust presents pupils from West & St Mary Primary Schools with their Champions for Change awards

Nil by Mouth’s ground breaking ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme has received a boost with a four figure donation from the Ruby Trust.

The programme sees thousands of pupils from across Scotland participate in workshops, events and activities to help them understand cultures different to their own. 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.

Over the last six months schools from Glasgow, Paisley, Cambuslang, Stevenston, Kilmarnock, Croy and Bellshill have teamed up to work on the programme and the charity is keen to widen it’s reach over the next school year. During 2016/17 more than 6,000 pupils took part in the ‘Champions for Change’ programme from schools right across Scotland.

This week the Ruby Trust, which focuses on funding projects which enrich the lives of young people, have backed the programme with a£1,800 donation to support a range of cultural events which bring pupils together to celebrate all they have in common. The Ruby Trust kicked off the partnership by donating a digital camera to the winner of the ‘Buddies’ photography competition which Nil by Mouth have been running as part of their work with Paisley primary schools; West and St Mary’s.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘We are delighted with the kindness shown by the Ruby Trust in supporting our work. We have always aimed to keep our services free of charge to schools and donations like this help us achieve this. Every year Nil by Mouth works with thousands of young people and we try to create an environment for them to learn more about not just other people’s cultures but also gain a richer appreciation for their own.

Every year we try to make our schools programme bigger and better than the year before and we are hopeful the next 12 months will be our best yet. We are keen to hear from schools, pupils and teachers keen to become ‘Champions for Change’ during 2017/18.  Together we can show that Scotland is bigger, better and brighter than bigotry’