ScottishPower Foundation Thinks Circular on Global Recycling Day

  • YE Scotland granted share of £1.25 MILLION!

YE Scotland's Circular Economy Challenge (CEC) is kicking off for primary schools in the Greater Glasgow area - and when better to announce this than Global Recycling Day?

Following on from last year's success where 27 schools took part in the pilot launch, this year YES are aiming to engage with a further 10 schools in the pre-summer term and then expand across the whole of Scotland in 2019/20.

YES are thrilled to be in receipt of ScottishPower Foundation's annual award fund for the second year running - distributed to help make a positive change within communities - to deliver Scotland's only Circular Economy Challenge (CEC) supported by Zero Waste Scotland and Circular Glasgow and to have been praised by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

The CEC is delivered through a series of lesson plans to primary school students and is designed to educate and inspire young people through the demonstration of a products' life cycle, highlighting the problems within today's linear economy and working together to create a solution to the growing problem.

The six charities in Scotland who have been chosen by the Scottish Power Foundation include causes as diverse as a support group for autistic young people, a project aiming to end appearance related bullying among young people, a STEM learning programme and a therapeutic initiative to vulnerable children. These have been selected by ScottishPower Foundation as part of twenty-five projects across the UK to receive funding this year, bringing real benefits to communities across the country.

Young Enterprise Scotland are delighted to continue our partnership with the ScottishPower Foundation and to launch the second year of our innovative Circular Economy Challenge. We are extremely proud of this vital project which teaches young people what the Circular Economy is and why it is essential to ensure a sustainable future for us all.

This year we are extra excited to introduce some new online resources which will mean that young people across Scotland can take part. Huge thanks to the ScottishPower Foundation for supporting Scotland's young people to gain the skills they need for the jobs of the future and inspiring them to be at the forefront of the complete change needed to ensure a sustainable economy and environment.

Emily Bennett, Fundraising Manager for YE Scotland

Each year it's incredible to see the applications received from projects across Scotland that are making a life-changing difference to people in their communities. We're so pleased to announce this year's funding package for 25 projects across the UK, which are all doing incredible work to make a real difference to their communities and the people living in them.

Mike Thornton, Chairman of the ScottishPower Foundation

Would you like to register your class for the next Circular Economy Challenge? Email for full information.

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