Scotland’s leading anti-sectarianism charity has taken its battle to banish bigotry to Westminster.

Nil by Mouth teamed up with Scottish MPs to promote its work at a special event at the House of Commons organised by Cathy Jamieson MP

NBM was founded by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson after the brutal sectarian murder of her friend Mark Scott in 1995. Since then it has campaigned tirelessly against sectarianism both on, and off, the terraces. The charity currently offers dedicated sectarian awareness workshops in schools and colleges through its ‘Champions for Change’ scheme and workplaces and youth groups through ‘Beyond Religion and Belief’ projects.

Beyond Religion and Belief, which is delivered free of charge, has been developed and piloted in partnership the STUC and several public and private sector employers. The package provides organisations with a framework to address sectarianism in the workplace and includes advice on policy and procedure, awareness raising workshops and a Management module.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

“We are extremely grateful to the MPs for their support for our campaign.  Arrests for sectarianism rose by 30% last year and worryingly 60% of those charged were under the age of 30. We must break this cycle of bigotry.

“Everyone has a part to play in riding Scotland of sectarianism and we have been working with a number of youth groups, schools and colleges in the UK. All NBM services are free of charge and we are very keen to deepen our work right across Scotland.”