Anti-sectarianism funding announced

Rosanna Cunningham addresses eventThe Scottish Government has announced that it has invested funding to tackle sectarianism and hatred in six Scottish Communties.   Inverclyde, Slamannan, Twechar, Shotts, Blantyre and East Ayrshire will share funding of £230,000 to build on their early work and devise a series of community-led responses to combat sectarianism.  SCDC is involved in delivering the programme with the six communities along with the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF).

There is increasing recognition by Government of the value of community-led approaches to tackling issues of concern and the need to involve communities and community organisations as key partners in effecting change. SCDC is working with groups and projects at local level to engage with their wider communities in exploring views, attitudes and issues around sectarianism.

The funding was announced by Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham on the 25th June at a community event in Stirling.  She said:

"These six communities are already driving forward work to eradicate bigotry once and for all and are doing some fantastic work. We want to support them. This funding will help them further develop the work they have already begun and devise new approaches to tackling sectarianism. If successful, the approaches used could be replicated more widely right across Scotland." 

To read more, including more quotes from SCDC and some of the community groups involved, view the Scottish Government news release here.  For general information relating to the programme contact david@scdc.org.uk.