Training

Outside In: Training on Tackling Hate Speech in Youth Work

Outside In is an Erasmus-funded project to provide training to youth workers on how to tackle hate speech in a youth work setting. Research shows that often youth workers feel unsure how to respond when a young person says something that expresses religious or other hatred. Using a highly participative, non-formal educational approach, participants will:

  • Explore different issues relating to cultural and religious diversity
  • Learn how to recognise hate speech, and how to manage the situation when it occurs
  • Develop tools to support transformation of the beliefs and attitudes that underpin the behaviour

The training is most relevant for those who work regularly with groups of young people, in a professional or voluntary capacity. This includes youth workers, youth leaders in faith communities, teachers and those who work with young offenders.

Religious Equality and Faith Awareness Training

As one of the Equality Act 2010’s protected characteristics, religion and belief is a topic vital for employers and staff to understand. In modern Scotland there is a rich diversity of religious communities, each with its own diversity of traditions, values and beliefs. Anyone providing a public service will struggle to work sensitively with these groups without a good foundation of knowledge. This is especially true of service providers who work with clients in their homes, where a great many cultural and religious values are expressed.

Working with People from Diverse Religious Backgrounds

In this interactive half-day course, staff will improve their confidence in working with the religion and belief of the people they work for. The course is designed for those who work directly with customers and service-users, but is also relevant to HR staff, equality officers and managers who may need to respond to the needs of staff from diverse religious backgrounds. Delegates will learn about the core beliefs and cultural practices of the main religions in Scotland – Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – and discuss the individual needs that may arise from a person’s faith or belief identity (including non-religious beliefs).

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the impact of religion on their own working role. This could include:

  • Gender roles and expectations
  • Attitudes surrounding the home and what is expected of visitors
  • Religious clothing and symbols
  • Dietary needs and fasting
  • Prayer times, festivals and holy days
  • Cultural ideas related to death and dying, sickness and disability
  • Common misperceptions and stereotypes to avoid

We can also discuss the workplace itself, your organisational policies and investigate ways to ensure staff engage with each other in an inclusive and sensitive manner.

Our courses can be delivered at your premises and tailored to the specific needs of your delegates. We recommend delegate groups of no more than 15 and can design and deliver highly interactive courses to suit your budget and staff needs. We will happily meet with you in advance to discuss the relevant content.

Public Training Courses

Working with People from Diverse Religion and Belief Backgrounds

In this half-day course, delegates will improve their confidence in working with the religion and belief of those they work with.  We learn about the core beliefs and cultural practices of the main faiths, and the individual needs that may arise from a person’s faith or belief identity.  The course is designed for those who work directly with users of services, but is also relevant to HR staff, equality officers and managers who may need to respond to the needs of staff from diverse religion or belief backgrounds.

Tuesday 9th October, 1300 to 1630, £25 per person. For more information and to register:

www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-people-from-diverse-religion-belief-backgrounds-tickets-49653661438

Three mottos for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity takes a wide variety of visible and invisible forms – many more than the nine Protected Characteristics of the Equality Act (race, religion & belief, disability etc).  In this interactive workshop, delegates will consider three models that provide insight on our interactions with those we perceive to be different. They provide touchstones to aid empathy and improve equality & inclusion.

Through discussion of different case studies, we’ll consider: why some people ignore or deny the disadvantages that others experience; how to respond to misunderstandings or offence; and the impact of our inner narratives on our interactions.

Wednesday 7th November, 1300 to 1630, £25 per person. For more information and to register:

www.eventbrite.com/e/three-mottos-for-excellence-in-equality-diversity-and-inclusion-tickets-49655010473

Contact

Please contact our religious equality trainer Jamie Spurway to discuss staff training.

Call: 0141 558 0778
Email: jamie@interfaithscotland.org