Stand up to Sectarianism: That’s the message from leading charities in a new program to encourage young people to play their part in riding Scotland of bigotry.

Youth Scotland and five other national voluntary youth organisations are being funded by the Scottish Government to run the project which will include training, workshop, resources and a small grants scheme.

The project has also attracted support from Scotland’s leading anti-sectarianism charity Nil By Mouth, which has agreed to deliver training to youth workers as part of the scheme.

Michelle Meehan, training and communications manager at Youth Scotland, said:

“We consider anti-sectarianism to be part of our respect agenda. Along with tackling bullying and racism it’s come up as a topic. It’s not just a football problem, it’s not just a west of Scotland problem and it’s not just a male problem.

“Statistics also show that it’s on the rise and we want to raise awareness amongst young people who may not be aware of the law and they may be putting themselves at risk. We’ve £20,000 to give away to youth groups who want to run their own grassroots projects and we are looking for applications from across the country.”

Nil By Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

“We are delighted to support Youth Scotland with this excellent project. Having been founded by a teenager we are well aware of the potential for young people to change the world.”