Tackling Sectarianism & Building Communities in Scotland

Mslfl 2When Glasgow teenager Mark Scott was killed in an unprovoked sectarian attack in 1995, a foundation was formed in his name. Its aim was to help break down the barriers between young people from different communities and to help develop talent.

Since its inception 19 years ago, The Mark Scott Leadership For Life Award (MSLFLA) has worked in conjunction with The Outward Bound Trust to help over 2,000 young people participate on the Award. 

How it works

Every year, MSLFLA brings together S6 pupils from 71 schools across the Central Belt of Scotland, who are mixed into teams of 12 to 14.  The innovative combination of an outdoor learning residential as part of the Award and an urban community-based team project, helps to break down any barriers that exist, supports young people to develop their confidence and provides them with the skills and attributes needed in transition to further education, training and employment.

On completion of a one week residential course at one of The Trust’s residential centres, Loch Eil in Scotland or Howtown in the Lake District, participants continue to meet with their teams and their Outward Bound instructor to plan and deliver projects which will have a practical and positive impact within their communities.

Such projects have included:

  • refurbishing the gardens at the Dumbarton Joint Hospital in West Dumbarton
  • fundraising £500 to help develop the library at Strathcarron Hospice in North Lanarkshire
  • organising three days of activities at a Care Home in Livingston, including art therapy, pampering and a music concert for the residents
  • Delivering fun and educational Healthy Eating workshops to primary school pupils in Edinburgh.

Looking ahead

The Trust's vision is to now extend and expand the number of young people and schools getting involved in the programme throughout Scotland.   If you’d like more information about how you or your business can support and assist with the continued growth of The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award please contact martin.davidson@outwardbound.org.uk or call 0141 413 0244.