June 27 2018

Cllr Dryburgh with pupils from Kirkpatrick Fleming and Springfield Primary Schools

Nil by Mouth has brought its campaign for greater understanding between people from different cultures to Annandale.

The charity visited Kirkpatrick Fleming and Springfield Primary Schools in June to deliver a special workshop focusing on cultural and religious stereotypes and the role young people can play in promoting greater respect between people of all faiths and none. The visit were organised by local Councillor Archie Dryburgh who is keen to ensure that national charities like Nil by Mouth understand the importance of connecting with children in rural areas.

Over the past five years Nil by Mouth has worked with more than 30,000 pupils in over 100 schools right across the country and over the last few seasons Gretna FC 2008 have worn the charity’s logo on the back of their shirts thanks to a deal put together by Cllr Dryburgh. This has been welcome progress in Dumfries and Galloway and in June alone the charity has worked across 14 local authority areas.

Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘It’s always lovely to visit Annandale and having worked with Gretna Primary School and Gretna FC 2008 in the past it’s great to be able to take our message of tolerance and change to two more schools in the area. The pupils were very switched on and had very good ideas on how we can build bridges between communities. It’s also important we get out and work in rural areas as they are all too often overlooked by charities. Archie Dryburgh has been a real supporter of our work in recent years and when he asked us to come along to speak to the children we were delighted to accept. We hope to come back again in the future to help remind pupils that difference can celebrated rather than feared.’

Cllr Archie Dryburgh Added:
‘I enjoyed taking part in the event and hearing what the pupils had to say and seeing how keen they were to challenge stereotypes. It was also a good opportunity to remind them that, as their local Councillor, I work for them too and their opinions matter. I’m pleased Nil by Mouth are continuing to invest time and resources in our local schools and football clubs and help carry the message that Annandale is a place for everyone.’