Funding success for Stand Up To Sectarianism

13 June 2013

On behalf of the partnership consortium*, Youth Scotland is delighted to receive Scottish Government funding to continue its community-based, grassroots approach to tackling sectarianism.

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Building on the success of the Stand Up to Sectarianism pilot project, Youth Scotland will offer worker and young person training, a peer-education project, small grants scheme, accessible resources and networking opportunities to over 7,000 youth groups across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Over the next 2 years the Stand Up to Sectarianism project aims to develop the following 4 strands:

Worker Training

A series of free training events will be run across Scotland aimed at full, part-time and volunteer youth workers. These interactive workshops will explore the causes, issues and impact of sectarianism in Scotland and focus on providing participants with skills to run effective anti-sectarian programmes for young people in their groups. These training sessions will be supported by an accessible e-resource and downloadable session plans.

Peer Education

Youth Scotland will develop and deliver training workshops for both workers and young people to enable groups to run anti-sectarian peer education projects within their groups. The peer education worker training will follow on from the introductory worker training outlined above, and provide a more in-depth understanding of the issues, as well as developing mentoring skills. This stage 2 training will support workers to implement a peer education project within their groups' existing framework.

Young person peer education training will be delivered directly to young people, and will be offered to all those who are interested in being involved in an anti-sectarian peer education programme. We will ensure that all interested participants are linked in with trained workers and groups who are running peer education projects in their area. Additional mentoring support will be provided by partnership staff.

Small Grants Scheme

A small grants scheme will be available to youth groups within the partnership organisations, with up to 20 groups per annum receiving a maximum grant of £1,000 to do anti-sectarian based work. It is anticipated that funded projects will be varied, ranging in length from one-off awareness-raising events to longer-term programmes of activities and differing in content, from sports-based events to arts programmes.

National Network

We will develop and support a network for all workers, volunteers and young people who are part of the Stand Up to Sectarianism project. This will enable groups to share and showcase best practice through a variety of e-communications and national events. We will also encourage them to link in with other national and local projects funded by the Scottish Government.

For more information and resources on tackling sectarianism please visit the Youth Work Essentials website or email Jo Macdonald, Senior Development Worker: jo.macdonald@youthscotland.org.uk

Details of the Small Grants Scheme and Training dates will be announced soon. Watch this space.

*Stand Up to Sectarianism is a six-partner consortium comprising : Girlguiding Scotland, The Boys' Brigade, The Girls' Brigade , The Scout Association ( Scottish Council), Clubs for Young Prople (Scotland) and Youth Scotland.