September 9 2019

Hundreds of people from across West Lothian will join the battle against bigotry next month by teaming up with a leading anti-sectarian charity.

Nil by Mouth will be delivering an Action Week across the county from the 9th – 15th September as part of efforts to build bridges between people from different faiths and cultures as well as tackle the increasing problem of online sectarian abuse. During the week the charity will deliver workshops, presentations, training, activities including working with youth work staff from West Lothian Council and a special all day event with pupils from Broxburn Academy. There will be stalls at West Lothian Civic Centre and coverage in the local media.

The programme is being funded by the Scottish Government Community Safety Unit as part of ongoing efforts to support education work which tackles religious bigotry and celebrates the diversity of our society. More than £500,000 is being invested across Scotland during 2019/20 to tackle issues caused by sectarianism in communities, schools, workplaces and football grounds. The charity has been very active in West Lothian in recent years with primary schools in Armadale winning of its prestigious ‘Champions for Change’ awards for their community work celebrating difference and Schools in Livingston, Bathgate and Whitburn taking part in its free education programme.

Nil By Mouth Director Dave Scott, said:
‘We’ve been delighted by the response from across West Lothian to our action week and it’s great to see employers and educational establishments recognise the importance of ensuring everyone feels valued and safe in their environment. Sectarianism is still a problem for Scottish society but it is a battle we are winning and we have nothing to fear from taking honestly about the problem.’