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Stuart McMillan MSP visits Trust Volunteering

Posted by jamie on the 03 August 2013

Stuart McMillan MSP came to the 'Gie's Peace' project at Trust Volunteering yesterday. The project works with a spectrum of Inverclyders to explore sectarianism in the community and creatively raises awareness of the issue through drama, art and media. 


Just incase anyone is reading my blog and doesn't understand what sectarianism is.... and in the west of Scotland, it takes the form the form of religious and political sectarian rivalry between Protestants and Roman Catholics . It is reinforced by the rivalry between the Old Firm football clubs of Rangers and Celtic. 

Growing up in the east end of Glasgow, I heard many a sectarian view point from both sides. I believe that sectarian believes must be challenged. To me, sectarianism is sheer ignorance and must be tackled through forward thinking educational projects such as 'Gie's Peace'. 

The project was recently awarded Scottish Government funding for another two years. Fantastic News! Stuart McMillan MSP met the volunteers behind the project and engaged the entire group into discussions why anti-sectarianism projects just as 'Gie's Peace' are crucial for Scotland's communities. Projects that promote equality and mutual understanding of people with different backgrounds whether that be religion, race, sexuality, disability or anything that distinguishes them from others are essential for Scotland to become a beacon for true equality. 

Stuart McMillan MSP not only came to visit 'Gie's Peace' but learned from the volunteers and the project. It was fantastic to see the young volunteers be so passionate about Scotland's society, our future and our community of Inverclyde. It's great to see Trust Volunteering and Gie's Peace getting recognised by our MSP. 

About Jamie

2014- Project Coordinator at a new community project in Wishaw

2013 - Youth Development Worker at Trust Volunteering Inverclyde, a project of Inverclyde Community Development Trust - aiming to improve the volunteering experience for organisations and individuals by breaking down barriers, increasing the number and broadening the range of individuals and organisations involved in volunteering, encouraging young people to volunteer, promoting the recognition of volunteering at local and national policy level.

2012- Graduate with Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, Became a Muscovite sipped vodka whilst visiting the galleries of the Hermitage, St Petersburg (not really but I did do them at separate times). 

2011- University of St Andrews, Postgraduate Masters in Museum and Galleries Studies. Graduated BA Humanities & Social Sciences (Community Education), University of Strathclyde. University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte) course in Creative ESOL teaching

2010 - Volunteer Project Assistant at Glasgow Museums for ESOL Cultural Diversity Project University Placement. Winner of Museum Volunteer of the Year 2010 - Scotland Region, Marsh Christian Trust. Awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland's Young Scot of the Year Award 2010 for outstanding contribution to Scottish Society. Detached Youth Worker at Queens Cross Housing Association

2009 - Graduated from the University of Vienna (Universitšt Wien) with a Diploma in European Studies with Highest Distinction. Youth Assistant at UNICEF UK for University Placement

2008 - I gained my TEFL Certificate allowing me to teach English to non native speakers. Volunteered as an English Teacher at Şcoala Avram Iancu High School in Arad, Romania. Travelled around Europe with the heaviest bag ever!

2006 - Awarded UNICEF UK's 60th Anniversary Award for Youth Empowerment activism 

2005 - Delegate to the C8 Summit, Young People's alternative summit to the Glen Eagles G8 Summit. UNICEF UK Representative

2003-2005 Board Director at Glasgow Anti-Racist Alliance

I believe in secularism, parliamentary democracy and believe strongly in the values of the United Nations and European Union.