BCRC officially launched its 'Anti-Sectarianism Toolkit & Training Programme' in Belfast City Hall on 20th May 2015. The event was introduced by Mayor Arder Carson and included a presentation of the BCRC Toolkit followed by a Q&A session. The event was attended by in excess of 70 people, of whom about 50% indicated an interest in availing of the training either individually or on behalf of a group/organisation/network.
In the process of developing the Toolkit, interview contributions were collected from a range of stakeholders, including representatives of statutory organisations, community activists and practitioners, political parties and academics. These contributions will be utilised as a tool during the training programme to encourage conversation and reflection on the issue of sectarianism within our society and how we can begin to address it.
During the pilot phase of delivering the training, the project received overwhelmingly positive and encouraging feedback regarding the need for this type of training as well as constructive criticism regarding contents, delivery format and logistics. BCRC is now planning to roll out the training to a broad audience citywide as well as beyond and expressions of interest are welcomed.
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