However, there are many ways you can get your voice heard, whether that is locally in the village hall or nationally at the Palace of Westminster or even beyond in the European Parliament in Brussels. The secret is knowing how.
Now Parliamentary Outreach, with the help of the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow, are hoping to de-mystify the process with a free event on your doorstep.
‘Your Voice’ will explore how citizens can get more involved in informing and influencing decision makers.
This is the first major event for Parliamentary Outreach in the South-West as it pioneers better public engagement with what goes on at Westminster.
It will provide information about how to take part in decisions which matter to you or may affect your community, and explain how to get your voice heard, and listened to, at all levels from your local council right up to the European Parliament.
Mr Speaker, John Bercow, said:
"I am delighted to be taking part in this important community event, which will be a fantastic opportunity for the people of Cornwall to find out how to engage with Parliament and other decision making institutions."
Working with Take Part Cornwall, Parliament is offering 100 free places at this conference, open to anyone who want to know more about how their country works. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
'Your Voice' will be held at Kingsley Village, Fraddon, on Thursday 11 February 2010, from 10am – 4pm.
To book a place, contact Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum on 01872 241584, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the 'Your Voice' booking form.
The Parliamentary Outreach Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Regional officers are available to give further information and advice on how individuals and organisations can get involved with the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service in their local area.
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