Parliamentary outreach to voluntary and charity groups

Speakers from both Houses take Parliamentary outreach to voluntary and charity groups.

Press release: Speakers from both Houses take Parliamentary outreach to voluntary and charity groups.

Parliamentary Outreach is being supported by the House of Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker as it teams up with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations for a day of events.

The outreach team from Parliament will be offering information and advice at the NCVO’s major Campaigns Conference in London on January 26th 2010.

They will be joined by the Speaker of the House of Commons the Rt Hon John Bercow, who will give the welcome address to the delegates and the Lord Speaker the Rt Hon Baroness Hayman, who will host a reception for delegates in the House of Lords.

The event brings together inspirational campaigners, political insiders and high profile commentators to focus on the skills needed by voluntary and charity organisations to get their voice heard.

In addition Parliamentary Outreach has also organised two satellite events in Norwich and Birmingham offering workshops to groups from voluntary and charity organisations on a similar theme.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said: "The House of Commons and the NCVO should be natural partners. We are both intimately involved with the way that people live their lives. I am delighted that we are working together in this event and look forward to extensive further co-operation in the future."

The Lord Speaker, the Rt Hon Baroness Hayman added: "I am delighted to be able to welcome to the House of Lords delegates of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations' 2010 Campaigns Conference. The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for representatives of charities and voluntary organisations to meet key contacts in Parliament.

"This connect is an important part of making our Parliament a responsive and representative institution, and a particular strength of the House of Lords where Members have a myriad of strong and effective relationships with the voluntary sector. I wish the Conference and the NCVO every success."

Clare Cowan, Head of the Parliamentary Outreach service, said; "Voluntary organisations do crucial work to change people's lives for the better. When Parliament considers new laws, or scrutinises Government policy, it is vital that the experience and insight of the voluntary sector is taken on board. We hope these events will enable them to learn about how Parliament works and how they can get involved."

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For more information on the NCVO campaigns conference in London at Central Hall, Westminster on January 26th 2010 please contact the NCVO on tel: 0207 520 2473.

The Parliamentary Outreach events in Norwich and Birmingham are free and tailored for the voluntary sector with experts from the Houses of Parliament on hand to offer information and advice.

They will be held at Norwich City Football Ground and Birmingham City Football Club between 10am and 2pm.

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The Parliamentary Outreach service exists to promote awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament and through doing so, to increase levels of engagement. It is part of a strategy endorsed by both Houses to strengthen the connection between Parliament and the public.