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Aberdeen Standard Investments has supported the delivery of Safe to Be Me across Scotland in 2019/20.

The project engages with Primary 6 pupils to explore identity, acceptance, respect, celebrate diversity and support young people to feel safe and confident in who they are.

Throughout the project, pupils take part in a ‘skill up’ session where they learn basic ballet technique, work creatively and are introduced to some of the workshop themes. During the workshop, pupils watch a live dance performance and then work with three dancers and an experienced dance facilitator to create their own Safe To Be Me performance, exploring all core themes: ethnicity, family make up, LGBTQ and disability.

‘They made it easy to understand and motivated me to accept myself for who I am’

Participating Primary 6 Pupil

‘This is an incredibly valuable workshop - I wish every class in Scotland had the opportunity to do this day! Best workshop I’ve ever seen’

Participating Primary School Class Teacher

‘The Safe to be Me initiative is a powerful tool to help Scotland’s children develop compassion for others and confidence in themselves. Inclusive workplaces are better for people and better for business – but to fully succeed we need to evoke change across society. That includes helping our young people on the right path and I can’t think of a more compelling way to engage children than dance and performance in a supportive environment’

Lynne Connolly, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Aberdeen Standard Investments