The training took place in the council’s Pullar House offices

June 11 2018

Staff from Perth and Kinross Council recently gave up their lunchtime to find out more about how sectarianism can be successfully challenged in the workplace.

Leading charity Nil by Mouth visited ‘The Fair City’ on the 1st June for the first ‘lunchtime drop in’ session of 2018/19 which sees staff given the chance to take part in focused one hour sessions on a range of equality issues. The council also opened the session up to local charities in an effort to raise awareness of the issue across the region. The event was also recorded and will be made available to thousands of employees via the councils’ intranet service.

The session examined the possible consequences of posting online sectarian abuse

It’s the latest innovation in the partnership between the charity and the council which began in 2015 with training being provided to the local authority’s Modern Apprentice programme. In addition to the lunchtime drop-ins, which will be running across the year, Nil by Mouth have also been delivering training to staff at the council’s’ Education Department. They have also delivered their ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme to pupils in several Perth primary schools.

In April the Scottish Government announced record investment of £95,000 to support Nil by Mouth’s work during 2018/19 through the ‘Beyond Religion & Belief’ programme which has already worked with more than 110 employers right across Scotland.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:

‘With demands on public sector staff time as great as they have ever been its hugely important that we take every opportunity made available to reach them with our message. The Council have been great partners over the last few years and we are delighted they are continuing to work with us across their various departments during 2018/19. Later this month we will return to Perth to deliver training to Modern Apprentices at Scotland’s biggest company Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) and it’s great to think that during June we can bring our message that sectarianism has no place in a 21st century workplace to public, private and voluntary sectors in the area.’


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