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S5W-19358: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it provided to support anti-sectarianism work in schools and workplaces during 2017-18; how this compares with previous years, and what work this funded.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 31 October 2018

Education-based initiatives have been central to the Scottish Government’s approach to tackling sectarianism. Since 2012 we have invested an unprecedented total of £13.5 million in delivering a wide range of activities across a variety of formal and informal settings. This has included the development of Scotland’s first national education resource on tackling sectarianism: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/Tackling%20sectarianism:%20An%20overview%20of%20resources .

Due to budget cuts imposed on the Scottish Government the funding for tackling sectarianism reduced between 2016-17 and 2017-18, however, between 2017-18 and 2018-19 we provided a real terms increase of 3% to tackle sectarianism.

In 2018-19, all nine organisations are education based with five directly working in schools and one directly working in workplaces and one offering training within workplaces, totalling £330,000.

In 2017-18, all ten organisations were education based with five directly working in schools and one directly working in workplaces and two developing a toolkit for training in workplaces, totalling £315,000.

In 2016-17, nineteen organisations were education based with nine directly working in or with schools and one directly working in workplaces, totalling £471,156.

Details of the funded projects can be found in the following tables.

2018/19

Organisation

Description of project

Funding 2018-19

Bridging the Gap

In schools. Tackling sectarianism through issue based workshops and peer mentoring between high school pupils and primary school pupils and extension of learning through engagement with the Corrymeela project.

£25,000

Nil by Mouth

In schools and workplaces. Developing anti-sectarian practice within local authorities and other employers, and continue to work with schools and teachers across local authority areas.

£95,000

North Kelvin Sports Development Group

In schools. Bringing pupils from local schools together through afterschool sessions, closely working with active school coordinators to educate and challenge young people about sectarianism in a sport based environment.

£25,000

Sacro

Diversion and education in prisons. Providing diversion from prosecution for those involved in sectarian and hate behaviour. Complimenting this work in prisons to tackle the root cause of discrimination while challenging the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to offending.

£65,000

Sense Over Sectarianism

In Schools. Work with Glasgow schools to ensure engagement in anti-sectarian education and also work with teachers and practitioners in the field to build capacity and increase delivery of the national anti-sectarian education resource.

£85,000

Supporters Direct Scotland

In schools. Work with and providing educational input to participants and coaches in the Scottish Football Associations Schools of Football and Performance schools; working with sport/coaching students at colleges across Scotland; and working with local community sports clubs.

£75,000

Youth Scotland

Youth work. Building the capacity of young people and youth workers to deliver community-based education and action to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. Increasing the number of young people who are capable of delivering peer-led education and activities to tackle sectarianism.

£60,000

Youthlink Scotland

Online portal. Development of the Action on Sectarianism Website increasing digital participation and activity by extending the promotion and use of the educational resources available on the site.

£60,000

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

Workplace training toolkit. Training will be provided for toolkit, developed with Glasgow Women’s Library, to mainstream anti-sectarian policies and practices within the broader equalities practice of organisations and promoting exemplars of good equality practice.

£25,000

TOTAL

 

£515,000

2017-18

Organisation

Description of project

Funding 2017-18

Bridging the Gap

In schools. Tackling sectarianism through issue based workshops and peer mentoring between high school pupils and primary school pupils.

£22,408

Nil by Mouth

In schools and workplaces. Developing anti-sectarian practice within local authorities and other employers, and continue to work with schools and teachers across local authority areas.

£85,000

North Kelvin Sports Development Group

In schools. Bringing pupils from local schools together through afterschool sessions to educate and challenge young people about sectarianism in a sport based environment.

£22,592

Sacro

Diversion and education in prisons. Providing diversion from prosecution for those involved in sectarian and hate behaviour. Complimenting this work in prisons to tackle the root cause of discrimination while challenging the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to offending.

£65,000

Sense Over Sectarianism

In Schools. Work with primary and secondary schools to ensure engagement in anti-sectarian education and also work with teachers and practitioners in the field to build capacity and increase delivery of the national anti-sectarian education resource.

£70,000

Supporters Direct Scotland

In schools. Work with and provide educational input to participants and coaches in the Scottish Football Associations Schools of Football; working with sport/coaching students at colleges across Scotland; and engagement with supporter liaison officers.

£60,000

Youth Scotland

Youth work. Building the capacity of young people and youth workers to deliver community-based education and action to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. Increasing the number of young people who are capable of delivering peer-led education and activities to tackle sectarianism.

£60,000

Youthlink Scotland

Online portal. Development and re-design of the Action on Sectarianism Website increasing digital participation of resources and promotion of the historical timeline.

£60,000

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

Workplace training toolkit. Joint project with Glasgow Women’s Library to develop a toolkit for mainstreaming anti-sectarian policies and practices within the broader equalities practice of organisations.

29,687

Glasgow Women’s Library

Workplace training toolkit. Joint project with West of Scotland Regional Equality Council to develop a toolkit for mainstreaming anti-sectarian policies and practices within the broader equalities practice of organisations.

£25,313

TOTAL

 

£500,000

2016-17

Organisations

Description of project

Funding in 2016-17

Bridging the Gap

In schools. Delivered with P6 pupils which places tackling sectarianism in the context of migration, asylum and general differences.

£40,564.00

ICthinking (Cambridge) Ltd

Justice. Working with prisoners and young people in prison, training prison staff and prisoners to challenge of sectarianism, hate crime, hate behaviour.

£45,000.00

Citizens Theatre

In schools. Working with primary schools on production of Divided City with two additional issues-based workshops led by teachers involved in the work.

£80,000.00

Community Links

On-line. Programmes and workshops focussing on better understanding of sectarian articulation and understanding on social media for both young people and adults..

£18,581.00

Glasgow Women’s Library

Research into women’s experience of victimisation built on various forms of engagement including conversations, artwork and historical understanding.

£50,000.00

In Wi The Mix (Faith in Community Scotland, Place for Hope, Conforti Institute)

Community. Project working with a community assets approach to identifying the strengths and abilities within communities to work with them to address issues relating to sectarianism, hate crime and hate behaviour groups, will include engagement with church clergy and leadership to provide role for church’s in the community work.

£80,000.00

Inverclyde CDT

Community. Community led approaches in Inverclyde to tackling hate crime and hate behaviours working in partnership with Police Scotland around engagement and reporting within the local communities.

£30,000.00

Nil by Mouth

In schools and workplaces. Working with local authorities around anti-sectarian policies and procedures, work with schools and teachers across local authority areas.

£85,000.00

North Kelvinside Sports Development Group

Community. Bridges and Barriers is an anti-sectarian project which will develop football coaches with the ability to deliver educational workshops that challenge sectarianism and hate behaviour with in community clubs.

£22,592.00

Parkhead Youth Project

Community. Nae Mare Excuses resource pack will be used to host integration events and sessions to explore sectarianism and hate crime within the local community.

£20,000.00

Sacro

Diversion. National educational programme for the 12+ age group to address attitudes and behaviours that contribute to offending, including sectarianism. Diverting people from prosecution.

£85,000.00

Scottish Community Development Centre

Support projects working to tackle sectarianism and hate crime to effectively link into community planning partnerships, strengthening links of community-led approaches.

£40,000.00

Sense Over Sectarianism

In schools. Working across Glasgow primary and secondary schools alongside capacity building of teachers, youth workers and community groups through a “Training the Trainer” programme and small grant programme.

£100,000.00

Show Bigotry the Red Card

Education through sport. Anti-sectarian education programmes for young people involved in grassroots football (aged 10-18) and their parents carers.

£18,000.00

Stewartry CVS

In schools. Anti-sectarian work with local schools connecting local senior football teams, QoS, Annan and Stranraer through prejudice and sectarianism school resource.

£25,000.00

Supporters Direct Scotland

In schools. Work with SFA schools of football coaches and players, work with sport/coaching students at colleges and youth sports organisations.

£65,000.00

Xchange Scotland

Community. Support practitioners and community leaders to tackle sectarianism and prejudice, through mapping existing resources, adapting to different needs and delivering training sessions with communities.

£24,928.00

Youth Scotland

Youth work. Small Grants and peer leadership and capacity building networks and activities - young people involved in the co-production of all aspects of delivery within groups and communities.

£49,961.00

Youthlink Scotland

Online. Development of the website through focus groups, promotion of the materials and use, training of youth workers and teachers and hosting of live events.

£61,995.00

West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

In schools and community. Workshops in schools and community groups covering sectarianism within the context of other hate behaviours. Training youth and community practitioners to build capacity and confidence.

£35,000.00

TOTAL

 

£976,621