This event looked at the experiences of community-based projects working locally on combating prejudice. It reflected on experience of doing this work and explore the lessons being learnt about how to support it.

The focus was on organisations delivering community based anti-sectarianism and prejudice reduction activity using community development methods as part of the SCoTTS programme.

The practice context is influenced by more specific duties on community planning partnerships to involve communities of identity and interest in tackling inequality. The event provided an opportunity for participants to systematically explore the issues through discussion, that considered values and methods, learning generated, barriers which exist locally and how these can be overcome.

The results of the session will inform the final drafting of a joint publication between the Scottish Community Development Centre and What Works Scotland on learning generated by the ScoTTS action research process. This will be shared with key Scottish Government and other partners to promote the approach and its conclusions.

  • Date: 20 June 2017
  • Location: St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow


Delegates were welcomed to the event by Nick Watson, Co-director of What Works Scotland.

Introduction, purpose and context

Community development, tackling prejudice and hate crime – The SCoTTS Programme

A SCoTTS Project Perspective

Responses and discussions

Circular diagram with arrows moving from one question to another. In the centre is the focus: Reducing Prejudice - A CD approach. The items in the surrounding circle with arrows read What are the core values and principles? to What are the essential features of the CD approach to prejudice reduction? to What is/should community planning do to reduce prejudice? to What are the barriers to effectively mainstreaming this work to How do we embed CD approaches in LOIPs and Locality Plans? And back to the initial question.

Questions for the conversation carousel

Responses to the presentations came from:

  • Judith Hunter, Principal Officer for Equalities within Chief Executive’s Department in Glasgow City Council, with the community planning perspective from Glasgow
  • Tressa Burke, chief executive of Glasgow Disability Alliance who considered the implications of the lessons learnt for other prejudice reduction and pro-equality activity in communities

Delegates then took part in the Conversation Carousel, discussing different aspects of promoting community development approaches to reducing  prejudice.

The discussions were captured so their contributions can be incorporated into the report.