Pupils and staff from St Blanes PS, Blantyre receive their 'Champions for Change ' award from Yvonne Donald (NBM) and James Kelly MSP at the Scottish Parliament
St Blanes PS in Blantyre Bring Their SoS backed Project to Holyrood

7th August 2015

Schools and communities across West Central Scotland are being encouraged to stand up and be counted in the battle against sectarianism.

The call was made by leading anti-sectarianism campaigners Nil by Mouth as the charity helped promote a small grants programme for schools and community projects wishing to run anti-sectarian projects in their areas.

Nil by Mouth 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. As part of its campaigning Nil by Mouth helped set up Sense over Sectarianism (SoS) in 2001 and now sit on its partnership board along with representatives from Glasgow City Council, football clubs and faith communities.

As part of its work, schools, colleges and community groups are being encouraged to apply for up to £10,000 in small grants from the SoS partnership to fund projects aimed at building bridges between young people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Nil By Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘Everyone has a part to play in ridding Scotland of bigotry and through the ‘Sense over Sectarianism’ grant fund we can support grassroots work aimed at bringing people together and helping them better understand difference.  Over the last few years SoS has distributed thousands of pounds to projects in areas such as Blantyre, Knightswood, Larkhall and Govan, and through these we have seen real and lasting change take place. We also have a special small grants fund of up to £750 which allows schools to purchase educational resources or hold special events.  We hope people from right across west central Scotland consider applying for support from the Partnership and help play their part in banishing bigotry once and for all. ‘


For more information on the application process visit the Sense over Sectarianism webpage at:


or contact Nil by Mouth at mail@nilbymouth.org