Minister for Community Safety has announced over half a million pounds of investment in tackling sectarianism in Scotland

March 26 2018

Nil by Mouth’s work tackling sectarianism received a massive boost today with the announcement of record levels of funding from the Scottish Government.

Minister for Community Safety Annabelle Ewing MSP announced £95,000 worth of support to the charity’s ‘Beyond Religion and Belief’ workplace training package as well as support for a series of ‘Action Weeks’ in schools, colleges and communities across Scotland during 2018/19. ‘Beyond Religion & Belief has been hugely successful since it as launched in 2011 with more than 13,000 people taking part in training from over 110 public, private and co-operative employers.

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The Minister also announced a commission, headed by Professor Duncan Morrow, to draw up a legal definition of sectarianism in Scotland as well as a funding package of £515,000 to support education programmes over the next 12 months.

Commenting on the announcement Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘This record investment in our work will allow Nil by Mouth to challenge, and raise awareness of, sectarianism in workplaces and communities right across Scotland. Over 13,000 people from more than 100 employers have taken part in the ‘Beyond Religion & Belief’ Programme so far including almost half of Scotland’s local authorities, FTSE 100 companies, private businesses, and training providers.  Increased investment in this and other grassroots education projects is exactly the sort of approach required to make continued progress in tackling this problem and prove that Scotland is bigger, better and bolder than bigotry.’

You can view the Minister’s announcement and the other programmes being funded over the next twelve months here.