You don't have to take sides

Stand Up to Sectarianism uses a youth work approach to successfully tackle the challenges and issues young people face in their communities. We share two more case studies the demonstrate the difference the programme makes to young people who face these issues in their community.

Young people brave waves against sectarianism

Stand Up to Sectarianism uses a youth work approach to successfully tackle the challenges and issues young people face in their communities. As part of the current programme, we share two new case studies that demonstrate how the programme's youth work approach continues to be invaluable to young people who are still facing these issues in their community.

In Young people brave waves against sectarianism 12 young people from youth groups across Scotland who are part of Youth Scotland’s anti-sectarianism programme Stand Up came together on a 7 day sailing voyage to engage with the deeply rooted challenges of sectarianism in their communities, and their own experiences with sectarianism. The young sailors symbolically followed the route Columba  took to Scotland in his missionary work and braved wind, weather, waves and seasickness.

In You don’t have to take sides – a visit to Corrymeela 16 young people travelled from North Edinburgh and West Lothian to
Corrymeela, Northern Ireland’s oldest centre for peace and reconciliation. Their aim was to see for themselves the effects of sectarianism in Northern Ireland and came away with a sense of hope from local people who want to make peace last in spite of their experience of structures and idealisms that seem stuck in the past.

Click below to read their stories.

“The fact that the young people challenged his behaviour and did so respectfully, with humour, understanding and empathy for where the boy was coming from shows the progress the Stand Up anti-sectarian awareness raising the young people have been engaged in over the last year has seen. Peter Johnson

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