November 12 2018

Nil By Mouth will be visiting Ayrshire College to talk to students

Hundreds of people from across Ayrshire will join the battle against bigotry this week as part of our efforts to rid Scotland of sectarianism.

Nil by Mouth will lead an ‘Action Week’in schools, colleges and workplaces across the county delivering workshops, presentations, staff training, and sports activities to raise awareness of sectarianism and promote positive community relations from the 12th – 18th November.  The charity will visit, Ardrossan, Ayr, Kilmarnock,KIlwinning,Mauchline and Stevenston during the week, reaching more than 500 people. Employers, including East Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire College will offer staff the chance to learn more about the charity’s work and the potential consequences of posting sectarian abuse online. Hundreds of pupils from schools across the county will also take part in special workshops led by the charity celebrating diversity in their communities.

The programme is being supported by the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit as part of ongoing efforts across the country to support education work which tackles religious bigotry and celebrates the diversity of our society. Campaigners hope the week’s events will focus minds on how society addresses sectarianism and send out a clear message that bigotry has no place in twenty first century Scotland.

Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott said:
‘There has always been a keen interest in our work in Ayrshire so that is why we have decided to hold an Action Week across the county to provide folk with a platform to show that there is much more that unites than divides people here.

There has been a series of shocking events in recent weeks that remind us that sectarianism is still a very real problem in people’s lives. This is further stoked online through social media sites where, sadly, people are spending increasing amounts of time trying to provoke and antagonise others.

We are particularly pleased that so many young people will take part in this Action Week as we bring pupils together for a range of education, sporting and cultural activities which celebrate diversity. It’s also fantastic that employers like East Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire College are inviting us in to talk to staff and students to ensure that everyone is made aware of their rights and responsibilities. Sectarianism is a problem that goes well beyond the touchlines and terraces.

We will use this week to hammer home the message that Ayrshire is bigger, brighter and bolder than bigotry.’