January 15 2018

Young people across North Lanarkshire are being encouraged to stand up and be counted.

Monday 15th of January 2018 marks an important first in the history of Nil by Mouth with the launch of our new Action Week’ Programme.

The new initiative sees the charity deliver a sustained week’s worth of workshops, presentations, training, activities and events right across a local authority area in order to raise awareness of sectarianism and promote positive community relations. This will involve hundreds of people in schools businesses, local authorities, colleges and community projects across each area.

Schools in Airdrie, Coatbridge, Plains and Cumbernauld will all take part in the inaugural North Lanarkshire programme with a focus on how we can use education to better understand traditions and cultures different to our own. The week kicks off at St Andrews High School in Coatbridge with pupils involved in the Skills for Life uniformed and emergency services programme.

Further ‘Action Weeks’ will take place in West Lothian and Renfrewshire later this year thanks to support from the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit.

Action Weeks aim to help local people understand, identify and deal with sectarianism

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘This is an exciting new development for the charity and a chance to focus our energies into individual areas at specific times and hopefully maximise the impact of our work. We have been very active in North Lanarkshire in recent years and this is a real chance to build on that work and improve people’s capacity to respond to sectarianism if they encounter it. The support from the Scottish Government means all this work can be offered free of charge to partners and with  further ‘Activity Weeks’ in West Lothian and Renfrewshire in March  we are keen to hear from any groups who’d like to become involved.

Scotland is bigger, brighter and better than bigotry and we look forward to bringing that message to the hundreds of people who will take part in this programme.’