UK Parliament has launched a range of online workshops to help Welsh organisations understand how the Houses of Commons and Lords work, influence decisions, get their voices heard and campaign for change.
The workshops are hosted by Steven Williams, UK Parliament’s Outreach Officer for Wales, and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each group. The workshops include:
People, power and UK Parliament: An introduction
This 30-minute workshop is for a minimum of 15 people. Groups will get a full overview of how UK Parliament works for them, covering:
- How they can get their voices heard by MPs
- What the House of Lords does
- How MPs and Lords raise issues on their behalf
Are you influential? Get your voice heard in UK Parliament
This hour-long workshop is designed for a minimum of 10 people and has been created especially for those who have had some basic engagement with Parliament before. Attendees will develop a deeper understanding of how to raise the issues which mean the most to them, including:
- How they can take action
- What tools help influence debates, decisions and legislation
- How they can build relationships with MPs and Lords
EMPOWER! For adults with learning disabilities
This session typically lasts 45 minutes and is full of activities and quizzes to promote engagement and encourage adults with learning difficulties to develop active citizenship skills for life.
The session is designed for a minimum of 10 people, including carers and group leaders.
Steven Williams said: ‘It’s important that Welsh voices can continue to be heard at Westminster and I want to show people the ways they can do this – from engaging with MPs and Lords, to creating petitions, giving evidence and more.
‘These free, online workshops are a great way for organisations across Wales to learn more about our democracy. By offering practical advice and helpful resources, groups can create positive change for their communities, right across the nation.’
To check availability and book a session, please visit UK Parliament website.