July 20, 2011 3.09 pm This story is over 152 months old

Young ambassadors to meet the Mayor

Good work: Children working on a campaign to promote understanding of different cultures will meet the city mayor.

Young ambassadors who have been promoting different cultures in Lincoln will be meeting the Mayor on Thursday, July 21.

The 12 children, who represent Monks Abbey Primary School, St Peter at Gowt’s Primary and Bishop King Primary School, have been working as part of the Stand Up Speak Up campaign.

The campaign began last year, in partnership between Lincoln City FC Sport and Education Trust, the City of Lincoln Council and local primary schools, to promote a better understanding of other cultures in the Park and Abbey ward.

As part of their role, the children have also introduced the campaign into the schools as well.

Damian Froggatt, Schools and Education Coordinator at Lincoln City FC Sport and Education Trust, explained the scheme: “We have a rich cultural mix in this area of Lincoln, and this project is helping to bring communities together that were previously separated by a lack of understanding.”

The school children have also helped to create a football and activity club on Saturday mornings, which has seen 40 young people from 10 different nationalities register.

In return for the work over the past year they will meet the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Kathleen Brothwell at the Guildhall.

The young ambassadors will be given a tour of the building and the chance to tell the Mayor about their work.

Paul Carrick, Neighbourhood Manager at the City of Lincoln Council, is impressed by the work of the children: “Our ambassadors represent six different nations — they all enjoy each other’s company and are working hard to bring their schools and communities together.

“I think there’s a lot we can learn from these young ambassadors, and I’m looking forward to the next stage of the campaign, where we will try to expand into other schools, provide qualifications for our voluntary workforce, create a “Stand Up Speak Up” football team and build links with schools in other countries.”

Source: City of Lincoln Council