“Spread the action!” it´s our new project where we’re aiming at supporting and inspiring practitioners and group / community leaders to tackle sectarianism and discriminations and to promote empathy in an appropriate and relevant way to their practice and the groups they’re working with. On the 14th June we host the first training event of this project at the Pearce Institute in Govan. A group of change makers from Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Alternatives to Violence Project, YouthScotland, Scottish Fire&Rescue Service, Youth Link and Xchange Scotland gathered on the day to reflect on the topics of sectarianism and wider discriminations and to gain understanding about effective practice to break those barriers down with the groups they work / are part of.
We did that by using resources available on the Xchange Scotland Online Resource and on the Action on Sectarianism.
Our education work is about expanding people’s horizons and challenging barriers, real or perceived; barriers that can keep us apart and hold us back -as individuals and communities. Unfortunately, those barriers seem to be taking over reality: challenging our humanity and testing our empathy. That’s why for us, it seems especially important to keep communicating to build understanding, not to hurt. To communicate to exchange ideas, diverse ways of being and points of views, not to be right. To communicate to develop and to learn, not to punish. To communicate to share what we care about, not to escape of or to create fear. By doing this, building on the work done as part of the Tackling sectarianism programme part of the Scottish Government – CommunitySafety Unit, we hope to put the topic of sectarianism in context with other issues such as community development, identity and belonging, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of living in more supportive and inclusive communities.
Many possibilities to be explored and to reflect upon. From now till the end of the year, we’ll keep offering training sessions because the more we share, the more we grow and the more we learn! If you like what you read, keep in touch and join one of the next sessions:
NEXT TRAINING DATE: Wednesday
24th August, 10 – 4pm. In Glasgow
(venue to be confirmed).
TO APPLY / FIND OUT MORE: drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Xchange Scotland?
We are charity set up by young people in 2007 and based in Glasgow, at the Kinning Park Complex. Our aims and objectives are related to personal and community development and the promotion of active global citizenship and intercultural understanding through non-formal education and international volunteering projects. Through these projects, people gain new skills, new learning and new connections!