The 'Change Starts With Us' Award - Applications now open!

respectme are delighted to announce the launch 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.

To properly acknowledge the work of these young people, we will hold a campaign finale event in early June. We now are calling on schools and youth organisations to nominate themselves for the award by telling us about any youth-led anti-bullying work they have been delivering since October.

Young people from six shortlisted applications will be invited to the final event to ‘pitch’ the work they have done to a panel of judges. The winning pitch will be awarded £250 to continue and/or develop their anti-bullying activity.

Submissions are now open for schools and youth groups to submit their anti-bullying activity. 

Please note: activity will not be judged on length of time delivered, so there is still time to begin anti-bullying activity and tell us about it before the deadline. If you need ideas, you can download our campaign toolkit here.


  • All Scottish schools (primary and secondary), education institutions and youth organisations are eligible to enter.
  • By entering the competition, you are agreeing that if shortlisted, you are required to attend the final campaign event on June 4th in Edinburgh.
  • Campaigns must have involved young people in leading their design and delivery.

Submission guidelines

  • All submissions must answer the four questions posed on the application form. Please provide as much information as possible.

Judgement criteria

Nominations will be shortlisted against the following three criteria:

  • How youth-led was your campaign? How have you ensured the voices of young people are represented at all stages? Tell us about design, delivery and evaluation.
  • What impact has your campaign had at a personal, age group or organisation wide level? How have you measured this?
  • How do you plan to use the prize money to continue and/or develop your anti-bullying work? respectme would like to follow your journey as CSWU winner so we can support and capture learning to share with others.

For an application form, please contact:

Please submit all entries to the email address above or send to: respectme, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1UZ

Shortlisted nominations will be contacted in early May.