The 'Change Starts With Us' Award - Relaunch!

respectme is delighted to announce a relaunch of our ‘Change Starts With Us’ Award!

Young people discuss their anti-bullying plans at a respectme Campaign Cafe.

Young people discuss their anti-bullying plans at a respectme Campaign Cafe.

Since the launch of our ‘Change Starts With Us’ campaign in October 2019, young people in schools and youth-organisations across Scotland have been leading on an impressive range of anti-bullying activity, from assemblies and lessons using our resources, to staff pledges, youth presentations, art displays and even videos.

We want to properly acknowledge the work of these young people. We had originally planned to hold an award ceremony in June, during which shortlisted schools would pitch their anti-bullying work to a panel of judges. Obviously, plans have changed slightly, so we have decided to bring the awards online!

We’re calling on schools and youth organisations to nominate themselves for a ‘Change Starts With Us’ Award by telling us about the anti-bullying work they have been delivering since October, and how they hope to continue and/or develop this during the next school year. This might include remote anti-bullying work, or plans for face-to-face activity that can be delivered when safe to do so.

Applications will be shortlisted  by a panel of judges, and the winning pitch will be awarded £250 to continue and/or develop their anti-bullying activity.

How do I enter?

  • Download an application form here: CSWU Award Application Form
  • Return your completed application form to: by midnight, Sunday 31st May. We are unable to accept postal submissions.
  • The winning school will be announced via social media on Friday 5th June.


  • All Scottish schools (primary and secondary), education institutions and youth organisations are eligible to enter.
  • Anti-bullying work must have involved young people in the design and delivery.

Judgement criteria

Nominations will be shortlisted against the following 3 criteria:

  1. How youth-led the anti-bullying activity was.
  2. The impact of the activity.
  3. How applicants plan to use the prize money to continue and/or develop their anti-bullying work.