March 1 2018

Young Police Volunteers across Scotland have teamed up with Nil By Mouth to learn more about sectarianism and how to tackle it.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) from East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire have recently linked in with the charity at workshops to learn more about identifying and defeating bigotry in Scotland. The young people learned how to identify sectarian behaviour while also analysing and discussing sectarian language and comments from social media. Nil By Mouth’s partnership with PSYV is set to continue in the coming months with groups from Glasgow also set to take part in workshops.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers are groups of up to 24 young people supported by adult volunteers and led by a police constable. The PSYV volunteer at community and national events across Scotland. The programme aims to strengthen the relationship with the Police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models. The programme is open to all young people aged 13 to 17 and promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering.

Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, said:

‘I am delighted to have been asked to work with these PSYV groups and cannot praise their work highly enough. The young people from East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire are exactly the kind of proactive people we need as future police officers, and also the kind of people proactive about challenging sectarianism. The bar has been set high so I’m already looking forward to seeing the Glasgow groups.’