What is UK Parliament Week?
UK Parliament Week is an annual programme of events that connect and engage people across the UK with the UK Parliament and democracy.
It provides an excellent opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament and re-stating the important role of town and parish councils in government and local democracy.
How to get involved
To take part in UK Parliament Week, you need to organise an event or activity. The audience, size and format of the event is for you to decide – the purpose is to engage people across the UK with the UK Parliament and democracy.
Based on the event ideas suggested by the Parliamentary Outreach team we have put together a few examples:
You can invite a member of the Parliamentary Outreach Team to deliver a workshop for your councillors or members of the public. All you need is a venue that can host 15-20 people (minimum attendance is required).The Parliamentary Outreach team provides workshops on a range of topics - from an introduction to Parliament, to engaging and influencing – completely free of charge. These events are in high demand, so sessions need to be booked early. For more information, please visit their website.
Organising a panel discussion on a topic of interest to members. This could be an opportunity to share examples of best practice on different issues. Or you can use the opportunity to lobby: invite your local MPs to be part of the panel. Encourage them to state their view about the role of town and parish councils in local democracy and government.
Organise a visit for your MP to local councils in your area to show the important contribution that town and parish councils make to local communities. Mention to them that this is being organised as part of UK Parliament Week as they will be aware of this and it might help encourage their attendance.
For your event to be considered an official part of the UK Parliament Week, you must organise your event any day between 14 and 20 November 2016 and register here by September 2016. If you would like to invite local MPs, our suggestion is to host the event towards the end of the week (ideally on a Friday), as it is more likely for MPs to be in their constituency.
What are the benefits?
By taking part in UK Parliament Week you help raise the profile of our sector. In return, you will receive a substantial amount of publicity: your event will be listed on the Parliamentary website and you will be given access to the official Parliament Week partner logo, which you may use on all communications, as well as your website.
How NALC can help
NALC is happy to assist county associations in arranging a workshop with the Parliamentary Outreach Team, as well as following up on invitations to your local MPs if you find that they are hard to reach. We will also promote your event through the NALC newsletter and on our website, as well as issue a joint press release to maximise press coverage.
If you would like to get involved, contact Jessica Lancod-Frost on 020 7290 0317 or , providing a brief description of the event and letting us know, how we can be of assistance.