Young People

Learn more about the problems and we face and how we can work together to help tackle sectarianism

I SEE! Scotland was developed by the ICthinking® Research Team and is disseminated through the IC Thinking (Cambridge) Ltd social enterprise company.

The ICthinking® Research Team, based at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, conducts empirical, applied research in the areas of inter-group conflict, social identity, embodied and social cognition, extremisms, affect control, and psycho-education, drawing on insights from neuroscience.

We have been funded by governments and research organisations from around the world, including the Scottish Government, EC, US Government departments, Home Office, Kenya and others.

We work collaboratively and welcome enquiries from other researchers.

IC Thinking (Cambridge) Ltd is a social enterprise company, formed with the encouragement of the University of Cambridge to disseminate the ICthinking® Team’s research, offering resources and interventions to communities and organisations (e.g., schools, prisons, third sector, professional networks) struggling with conflict

Or torn apart by oppositions arising from change and worldview clash. Our idea is a simple one that works. We provide empirically validated, research based courses that equip people of all ages to engage positively, creatively, and collaboratively with conflict. Through experiential group

Exercises that work with brain processes at a deep level, participants undergo robust, measurable and enduring shifts away from destructive - and even violent - reactions towards achieving solutions benefitting all parties and work for the wider social good.

Participants tell us the courses are fun (even though it is about conflict) and they work for children, young people, young adults, and on up in age. After going through a course, participants are eligible to apply to attend Facilitator Training so that the course becomes part of their skill-set and qualifications.

Formed in 2014, we have contracts with governments and organisations around the world, from Finland to Singapore, and enjoy working with diverse partners with shared values and aims.

I SEE! Scotland

Education Scotland was established on 1 July 2011 by the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning as a new public body, charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.

Statement: In Scotland, sectarianism is most often related to Protestant and Roman Catholic divisions within Christianity and the bigotry that manifests itself through abusive actions and words. The focus of this area is to encourage educational centres to tackle these divisions.

Definition of Sectarianism: A person is sectarian if he or she ‘adheres in a bigoted or narrow-minded fashion to a sect or body of persons who have agreed upon particular doctrines or practices’. (Oxford English Dictionary)

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Balloon Tag This activity helps young people learn about world religions by having fun trying to burst each other’s balloons, but there is a serious message in the follow-up card game and poster activity.

Lines of Prejudice Young people consider personal prejudices and preconceptions, and are encouraged to challenge stereotypes.

Responsibility Continuum A tried and tested activity which encourages participants to think about who is responsible for sectarianism and raises awareness of who has the power to challenge sectarianism.

Sculpting Sculpting encourages participants to think about situations where sectarianism might occur and how they might react to it.

Snapshots This role-play activity with a difference increases awareness of how certain actions lead to certain consequences and how changing one action can create a completely different outcome.

Whispers In this ice-breaker activity, participants understand how information can become confused or distorted when not coming from its source. Participants improve communication and active listening skills.

Name: Education Scotland

Address: Denholm House Almondvale Business Park Almondvale Way Livingston EH54 6GA


Telephone: (0)141 282 5000

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Glasgow Women’s Library is no ordinary library! We are the only resource of its kind in Scotland and a true national treasure.

As well as being a lending library, we have lifelong learning programmes for women in Glasgow and across Scotland and Glasgow based Adult Literacy and Black Minority Ethnic projects.

We also hold a wonderful treasure trove of historical and contemporary artifacts and archive materials that celebrate the lives, histories and achievements of women. From Suffragette memorabilia and 1930s dress-making patterns to rare 1970s Scottish Women’s Liberation newsletters, it’s all here!

Mixing The Colours

The Conforti Institute is an initiative of the Xaverian Missionaries, an international missionary congregation working in over twenty countries across four continents.

Conforti is dedicated to promoting cooperation and reconciliation amongst all peoples, regardless of race, gender, culture or creed, particularly the poor, disadvantaged and powerless of the world. The Institute aims to equip young people and the wider community with the knowledge and skills needed to be active responsible citizens in today’s society .

The Institute responds to this need by promoting diversity as positive and good, by challenging prejudice, ignorance and intolerance at all levels and making connections across cultures and faiths with individuals, schools and communities. Conforti offers courses and training designed to generate appropriate solutions/responses to the challenges facing our society and the world today.

Programmes provided include areas such as celebrating diversity, challenging sectarianism, racism and social exclusion; conflict transformation and exploring creative alternatives to violence; leadership and management formation; faith and ministry formation programmes.

The Institute also offers an attractive, functional, purpose-built residential and conference facility for the use of school, community, church and commercial groups, many of whom choose to use the Institute for their own purposes.

"The Catholic community does not speak with one voice on sectarianism. Where people live, their age, gender, employment type, income level and class all influence people's experiences, and it is an issue that goes beyond the football terraces. Conforti believes that listening to people is the best way to develop locally appropriate solutions which will help communities to work with others to move beyond sectarianism." Tom Welsh, Director, Conforti Institute

Name: Conforti Institute

Address: Calder Avenue Coatbridge ML5 4JS


Telephone: 01236 607120/707900

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Getting Better Together is a charity based in Shotts, North Lanarkshire. Our HQ is Shotts Healthy Living Centre.

We run many activities for both young and old, and facilitate activities for partners, including Citizens Advice, Routes to Work and Smoking Cessations. Most activities are free and we have a large variety so please have a look around the site, there is a good chance there is something of use to you!

We have a Café, a co-op shop, an IT suite (can be hired) and a hall (can also be hired), community transport (can also be booked and in some cases used for free). Definition of Sectarianism: We have come to recognise that sectarianism needs to be understood as a multi-faceted complex issue – it differs by community and geography, social class, gender, and changes through time.

Sectarian identities, ideas and behaviours reflect attitudes, beliefs and attachments which are heavily influenced by both place and wider social forces. But through dialogue, conversation, and active engagement with the community, conflicting groups can be encouraged to develop mutual understandings and respect.

Community Links (South Lanarkshire) was established in February 2002 as an independent community consultation and engagement organisation. Originally evolving from the Social Inclusion Partnership, Community Links is a company limited by guarantee with

Charitable status now working across all the communities in South Lanarkshire with a particular emphasis on areas which fall into the worst 15% for deprivation as identified by the Scottish Index Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).

We are one of the few dedicated third sector community engagement organisations in Scotland and have a strong focus on the asset based approach of working with communities.

Statement: Community Links carry out three interlinked projects. These are: Cross Community Action Research This project will consider how sectarianism has impacted upon nine diverse communities across central Scotland and looks to tell a largely untold story about how sectarianism has affected different communities– in both the past and present.

By highlighting community experiences and the unique histories of communities in Inverclyde, Ayrshire, Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire and Edinburgh the project will explore how complex interactions of history, culture,

identity and place have shaped community level understandings, interpretations and attitudes towards sectarianism. It will also show how sectarianism has, and continues to change in light of wider social and cultural changes.

Address: Unit 1A Clydeview Shopping Centre Blantyre G72 0QD


Telephone: (01698) 827583

Sectarianism and communities: Offline, online, past and present 2013 - 2015

Sectarianism and Communities: Offline, online, past and present 2015-2016

Fischy Music is a charity that supports emotional, social and spiritual health and wellbeing in primary age children through songs, singing and songwriting. Our work helps children to reflect on and discuss their emotional response to issues they have to face in everyday life.

We write songs that are easy to use in schools. We produce backing tracks, teaching videos and teaching notes to ensure that even people who don’t believe they are musical, can use our material both in the classroom and for group events, such as assemblies.

Statement: In all our work we aim:

To create an experience which promotes the emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing of children To improve long term resilience, well-being, sense of relationship and belonging of the whole community through active participation To increase the ability of children to recognize and

Manage their own emotions and their relationships with others - demonstrated by improved relationships in the school community To enable children to become effective contributors within their own and the wider community Stephen Fischbacher - Creative Director Resources: We have produced

A wide range of albums and resources – many of which specifically address issues associated with Sectarianism, as well as many other themes (e.g. bullying, dealing with loss and dealing with change). One such song is Sticks and Stones

Which you can access in its entirety, here FREE for a limited time*. Sticks and Stones-song link In addition, songs such as “You, Me Just The Same”,” You Are A Star”, “No-body is a no-one”, “You can hold on”, “May You Find Peace”,

“Perfectly OK” and “We Will Find A Way” can all be used by children to discuss and explore emotions and responses associated sectarianism. Clips of these songs are available on our resources page.

Name: Helen Kibby

Address: Fischy Music, 6 New Broompark, Edinburgh, EH5 1RS


Telephone: 0131 551 1005

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The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland.

Take a look around our virtual tours. Our building first opened as a theatre in 1878. The Citizens company was founded in 1943 by James Bridie, and the Citizens Theatre was permanently established in 1945. Since then it has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres.

Statement: For over fifteen years the Citizens Theatre has been working with young people to explore Global Citizenship and acceptance and understanding of difference. As part of this work the theatre has been working in partnership with Sense over

Sectarianism for more than ten years. These partnership projects have been really diverse ranging from workshop programmes in primary schools, new writing with secondary school students, story telling and performance with nursery schools and full scale musical productions.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the production of the "Divided City" and the positive message it portrayed. It highlighted the importance of seeing the person and being tolerant and accepting of differences.

I am a Staff Nurse in a High Dependency Unit that has to deal, all too often, with the victims of racial and sectarian violence. I believe that lives will be saved by educating the young in this way.” Audience Member

Name: Citizens Learning

Address: Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS


Telephone: 0141 429 5561

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The FCDT is an organisation set up by local residents who want to see the best for their home village. We aim to secure resources and assets and catalyse projects for the benefit of all residents.

There are hundreds of Community Development Trusts across Scotland and the UK, and we are a member of the umbrella organisation - Development Trust Association Scotland.

In general, Fauldhouse CDT aim to: Contribute to the regeneration of Fauldhouse Initiate and participate in projects tackling the economic, social, environmental and cultural needs of our community.

Work on projects that complement existing provision in Fauldhouse

Be independent but work in partnership with other private, public and voluntary sector organizations

Be owned and managed by the local community Generate income through trading activity that enables us to move away from dependency on grant support Re-invest income generated into the organisation and the community

Statement: Our vision for Fauldhouse is for a clean, attractive and healthy village with excellent transport links that is a model for thriving locally led sustainable regeneration; a place where people of all ages, abilities and circumstances are happy and informed, with their own part to play in the economic, environmental and social life of the village and the surrounding countryside.


Name:FCDT – Communities Tackling Sectarianism Together

Address:10 Main Street, Fauldhouse, West Lothian, EH47 9HX


Telephone: 01501 773 699

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The Church of Scotland is one of the largest organisations in the country. We have over 400,000 members, with more regularly involved in local congregations and our work. Within the organisation, we have around 800 ministers serving in parishes and chaplainces, supported by more than 1500 professional and administrative staff.

Most of our parishes are in Scotland, but there are also churches in England, Europe and overseas. Central to the Church of Scotland is our love and worship of God through following the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We express our love for God by our love and practical care for each other and for those we live with and encounter in our daily lives.

Church of Scotland parish churches play a crucial part across a range of communities, from remote villages to deprived urban areas where shops, banks, schools and other institutions have disappeared.

Statement: Christians of all traditions have more that unites us than divides us. It does not matter from which place on the theological spectrum you are, or which part of the country you live in. All over Scotland people are working out their differences, overcoming disagreements, and working together to care for one another and to serve, pray and learn together.

Aggression, violence, prejudice, discrimination, bigotry – these attitudes and behaviours associated with sectarianism are a residue of past tribalism in Scotland which we, the members of the Church of Scotland in the 21st century, repudiate and renounce. There are those on both sides who will try to stir things up or try to make trouble of wrongs that should long ago have been laid to rest.

By working with communities to create feelings of self-worth and identity we can help each other to find inspiration which lifts us out of sectarian ideas and gives us a different vision of our future together.

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener, Church and Society Council The Church of Scotland

Definition of Sectarianism: Sectarianism is…a complex set of attitudes, actions, beliefs and structures at personal, communal and institutional levels, which involves religion and typically involves a negative mixing of religion and politics. It arises as a distorted expression of human needs, especially for belonging, identity and the freedom of expression of difference, and is expressed in destructive patterns of relating. (From Joseph Leichty, Irish School of Ecumenics)

Resources: Church & Society Council A Report for the Church of Scotland General Assembly May 2012 Sectarianism

Name: David Bradwell

Address: The Church of Scotland 121 George Street Edinburgh EH2 4YN


Telephone: 0131 225 5722

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A cultural social enterprise with charitable status, Fablevision is a group of social enterprise companies whose members (individually and collectively) share values and working practices. Fablevision Studios is a social enterprise based in Glasgow and is a sister company to the Charity, Fablevision.

Our aim and mission is to deliver bespoke event management, filming and editing services to businesses in both the private and public sector across Scotland – but with a difference.

Statement: Fablevision and Fablevision Studios are often commissioned to undertake research projects on behalf of local authorities, community planning partnerships, third sector organisations and others. We carry out all of our research on an artist-led, action-research basis. This results in a creative presentation - such as a film, web design or radio recordings as well as more traditional documentation.

Definition of Sectarianism: Through our research we found that a lot of people we were working with weren't fully aware of what 'sectarianism' meant - many thought it was a term specific to the conflict between Rangers and Celtic fans. We defined the term throughout as ‘discrimination stemming from what are usually wrongly perceived notions of what divides groups of people’. These notions can be media, peer or religiously orientated but, more often than not, we found that they were passed from generation to generation.

Resources: Sectarianism in Scotland Prejudice Breeds Prejudice Anti Sectarianism Video

Name: Louisa Taylor

Address: 7 Water Row Govan Cross Glasgow G51 3UW

Telephone: 0141 425 2020

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Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s Centre for Excellence for children’s rights, participation and engagement, working with children from early years to age 14 across Scotland.

Children’s Parliament gives children the opportunity to voices their ideas, thoughts and feelings so that their concerns can be listened to and included in our social and political landscape.

Statement: ‘In the future, I hope that Scotland is a better place with no fighting and no sectarianism. Sectarianism is being rude and nasty to someone because of differences between your religions. I think it is particularly bad in

Scotland because of the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, but it’s a bit stupid because you don’t have to be Catholic to support Celtic or Protestant to support Rangers. I’ve experienced sectarianism in my community before when people fight about which team is better, but they’re never going to agree.

I play football and I love it, but I don’t watch it because I don’t like that ‘my team is better – no, my team is better’ stuff that goes on. I don’t want to be caught in the middle of all the fighting.’ Kaitlin, P7


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Name: Children’s Parliament

Address: Summerhall 1 Summerhall Place 


Telephone: 0131 558 9030

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Engender works to make Scotland a fairer, safer place where women can flourish and contribute to both the social and market economies with dignity, freedom and justice.

To this end we seek to increase women’s power and influence; make visible the impact of sexism on women and on Scotland’s social, economic and political development; and support people, organisations and our government to make equality a reality.

Articulate This project aims to provide opportunities for women to share their experience and understanding of intra-Christian sectarianism in Scotland. Our purpose is to generate a gendered perspective on sectarianism and increase awareness amongst community groups, partners working on sectarianism and women’s sector organisations. There will be three main areas of activity:

Partnership working with other CSU funded organisations to develop an understanding of women’s experiences and understanding of sectarianism in their communities.

Facilitated group work with women using participatory research techniques to provide women with a safe space in which to reflect on their views and experiences.

Engender will also be working with Urbancroft to develop a film with young women in Glasgow. The film will then be taken around Scotland to form part of discussions on exploring gender and sectarianism.

Address: 1A Haddington Place


Telephone: 0131 558 9596

MissionThe Mission of CSREC is to eliminate discrimination and harassment from Central Scotland, so that everyone has an equal chance to learn, work and live free from prejudice and fear of harassment and violence.VisionThe Vision of CSREC is that everyone in Central

Scotland will enjoy equal opportunities in all aspects of their lives.ValuesThe work of CSREC is governed by the following values:-- To avoid discrimination on any grounds by offering its services and facilities to as wide a range of people on need as possible to ensure that their views are fully represented; -

To place the primary focus on the well-being and aspirations of all people with whom it works, respecting their individuality, humanity and right to justice and privacy; - To promote their self-reliance so that they may fully participate in decisions which affect them; -

In all its dealings to be honest and truthful, to allow full access to information and to ensure that its processes are transparent; - To work in partnership with any individual or organisation operating in the same field sharing the same aims and values.

Tackling Sectarianism

Deaf Connections is the leading voluntary organisation delivering specialist services to adult deaf people across Scotland.

We are committed to enabling deaf people to participate fully in the community to make equality and fairness a normal feature of their everyday lives. We want to empower deaf people to make decisions about things which affect them most. Exclusion from a wide range of mainstream services and opportunities continues to drive the development of our new services.

We work collaboratively with agencies to promote the interests of people in the Deaf community focusing on quality of life, independence and social inclusion. We listen to deaf people, respect their views and are committed to eliminating the communication barriers they face.

We believe that deaf people have the right to belong to a distinctive cultural community expressed by a positive feeling of shared values and experience. Deaf Connections is positive about employing deaf staff wherever possible. We believe that people in the Deaf community welcome a service delivered by dedicated staff who have first hand experience of what it means to be deaf and the importance of developing professional relationships in a hearing world.

Statement: Within the Deaf community sectarianism remains a deeply divisive issue and has been either overlooked or ignored by mainstream services and society. This is due in part to the linguistic barriers that exist between hearing people and for those who

Use British Sign Language, B.S.L. Many Deaf people experience sectarian related prejudice but often do not know where to turn for support. The main aims of this project is to look at how sectarianism affects Deaf people, how to challenge

It and sometimes to try and describe what it actually is, as many Deaf people are unaware of the definition of sectarianism and to whom they could report these issues to. Through workshops, awareness raising and education this project seeks to bring together two divided groups with the intention of fostering better relations between Catholic and Protestant Deaf people from the Glasgow area.

Definition of Sectarianism: Within the context of the experience of Deaf Glasgow residents, educational experience, choice of sign language, social interactions all have a bearing on which side of the divide Deaf people chose to remain. Although, there is limited

understanding of the definition of Sectarianism amongst Deaf people there is certainly antagonism and bad feelings between the two groups. Sectarian prejudice can be based upon which types of signs are used by Deaf people which can be offensive to one group but not to the other. Other factors, such as whether or not somebody attended a Protestant or Catholic school or which Deaf Social club or group somebody wishes to associate with can have an impact on this issue.

Name: George McGowan

Address: 100 Norfolk Street, Glasgow, G5 9EJ


Telephone: 18002 0141 420 2806 (Typetalk relay service)

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