Nil By Mouth

Nil by Mouth is an educational charity set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson following the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1995. The charity seeks to harness the power of young people to promote messages of inclusivity, citizenship and challenging stereotypes. Having been set up by a teenager the charity is uniquely aware of the potential of young people to change the world and their work heavily focuses on education through the schools, colleges, young offender institutions and community learning projects.

Nil by Mouth Spokeswoman Emma Alexander said 'This wonderful donation from the Crerar Hotel Trust was a brilliant way to round of our fifteenth anniversary year. During 2015 we reached more people than ever before and this grant will allow us to work with the next generation of young leaders in society and allow them to have their voices heard on this important issue.’

The charity works with people and communities to break the depressing cycle of the bigotry in Scotland which has seen thousands of people arrested over the past decade for sectarian offences across the country. Education is the key focus of their work and believe it to be the most important part of any successful strategy to eradicate sectarianism. Their core work at present involves projects in schools and workplaces across Scotland.

The grant from the Crerar Hotels Trust will support for the ‘Pitch Perfect’ creative competition which encourages student led campaigners promote diversity and inclusion, challenge sectarian’s attitudes and enhance citizenship and employability skills. Pitch Perfect is an educational competition which gives participants the opportunity to create and design their very own anti-sectarian awareness campaign. The trust support will allow five groups of finalists to produce a prototype for their ‘pitch’ and help towards the production of resources for the winning entry.

Through the campaigns entered, and subsequent winners it is hoped local communities become more aware of the impact of sectarianism on our society.  Emma added ‘we would like to thank the Trust for is wonderful support and encouragement and we look forward to sharing our success with them over the months ahead.'