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.  Delegates will 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 (including non-religious beliefs).  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.

  • Introduction to the topic.  Do you choose your religion?
  • Religion and belief as a Protected Characteristic. How does it compare to race, age, disability etc?
  • Chronology of religions quiz and discussion. An interactive group exercise which invariably prompts a range of questions and helps delegates identify gaps in their own knowledge.
  • Faith demographics in Scotland.  How many people identify as being from the main faith groups and how has this changed in recent years?
  • Core beliefs and cultural practices of the main religions in Scotland –Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism
  • Small group chats, followed by plenary discussions on what religion and belief means for the delegates attending. This is a chance for the participants to discuss the impact of religion on their own working role.  Sub-topics within 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.  


Some recent delegate feedback:

Jamie was an excellent host!  Really informative and engaging.

Fantastic delivery from a very enthusiastic speaker who was engaging and really knowledgeable.           

Very interesting, informative and well delivered.


In recent months we have delivered training courses and workshops to the
following organisations:

Midlothian Council

Scotrail and Network Rail

North Lanarkshire Council (five sessions)

College Development Network

South Lanarkshire College (two sessions)

Perth and Kinross Community Equality Advisory Group

Glasgow City Council Equality Group

Perth and Kinross Council (four sessions)

University of West of Scotland

Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator

Perth College University of Highlands and Islands

Glasgow Clyde College

University of West of Scotland

Faith in Community Scotland


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. Please see our training flyer below:


IFS training flyer 2018.pdf
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To discuss staff training please contact our religious equality trainer, Jamie Spurway, or phone 0141 558 0778. 


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