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Conforti Institute: Overview

Conforti Institute, named after our founder, is the European Dialogue Centre of the Xaverian Missionaries; A global catholic Organisation working in the areas of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Conforti Institute exists to promote integral liberation, by exploring local and global connection, through Interreligious; intercultural; Intra-religious and Ecumenical dialogue.

Our organisation has an international commitment to priortise work with people and groups on the margins and those working in solidarity with the marginalised. In the contemporary Scottish and European context we are committed to facilitating and participating in inclusive dialogue with and between people of all faith traditions; those without religious faith and beliefs and those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious.

The global dimension and commitment in our work is reflected in the depth of our team’s experience of working in International Development contexts and work at home and abroad. To nurture this commitment we are an active member of the IDEAS network in Scotland.

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Global Development Education

The Conforti Institute is one of the organisations implementing the Global Learning Programme-Scotland. This supports professional learning to develop global citizenship in schools and to integrate it into classroom practice. For more information on professional learning opportunities as well as free CLPL CLICK HERE

Teacher & Pupil Programmes

We offer a portfolio of Professional and Personal Development opportunities for schools.  We  provide staff with practical strategies for dealing with difficult  issues whilst allowing them time to reflect  on their own practice.  Our  programmes for young people help build teams, teach new skills and  have fun, whilst challenging them to reflect on the issues of  an increasingly complex world.

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Hire of Centre

Our  purpose built facilities are suitable for residential meetings and day conferences.  A number of  meeting rooms complement the main conference room which can accommodate up to 80 people: all rooms come with state of the art AVA facilities.

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Prisoner & Ex-Offender Outreach & Restorative Justice

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Conforti Institute
Calder Avenue


01236 607120




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We Are Grateful For Funding Received From

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Big Lottery Fund awarded Conforti Institute the sum of £9,821 from their Awards for All programme to undertake our Global Garden project.  The funds were used to redevelop the garden area at the centre to allow us to carry out some of our activities outside, particularly when we are working with school groups, and provide those who use the centre with a lovely space to relax when they visit.  We are very grateful to Big Lottery Fund for their support.

If you would like some information on how to apply to Awards for All for funds to help your project please see the guidance on the Big Lottery Fund’s website www.awardsforall.org.uk.

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Conforti Institute is one of a range of projects aimed at tackling sectarianism in communities across Scotland who were given funding totalling more than £3 million by The Scottish Government. The funding was allocated following a robust assessment process supported by the independent expert group set up to look at sectarian issues in Scotland.

Conforti Institute received £205,856 from The Scottish Government to deliver work with the Catholic community and joint activity with agencies from other Christian religions. This has allowed us to set up and run our Anti-Sectarian Project.

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People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We received funding from the Trust to support our Cooking Pots Project which gave local people the opportunity to come along to the centre and take part in a healthy lifestyle project.

To find out more about applying for People’s Postcode Trust funding and the projects which the Trust supports visit their website www.postcodetrust.org.uk.

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Porticus supports charitable projects that promote human dignity and social justice through a grant giving programme in England, Wales and Scotland. We strive for a just society that understands and values the dignity of all, especially those at the margins. We look to support initiatives that:

  • Strengthen families including those at risk of abuse and/or imprisonment
  • Offer creative, practical approaches to social concerns
  • Enable offenders and ex offenders to be positive, contributing members of society
  • Focus on restorative justice
Conforti Institute receive funding from Porticus for our Prisoner & Ex-Offender Outreach Programme.

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The Conforti Institute are an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff in our organisation earns not just the minimum wage but the Living Wage. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, based on the cost living in the UK. We believe that every member of staff deserves a Living Wage. The current living wage is £8.25.

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