In November, Westminster held the annual “UK Parliament Week”.
Parliament Week provides the opportunity to foster closer engagement between the public and their Parliament by promoting what it means to people, and their local communities.
Whilst participation was welcomed from all sectors of society, there was a particular focus on engagement with young people. This year’s organised events were supported by Girlguiding, the Scouts, including Scouts Cymru, uniformed groups such as Air Cadets, Royal Air Force, Army Cadet Force, Boys Brigade, and Sea Cadets. A number of church groups also took part.
Although Parliament Week provides a focal point for youth engagement, this important work continues throughout the year, through Parliament’s Education and Community Outreach services.
Parliament’s Education Service aims to inform, engage and empower young people to understand, and get involved in the work of Parliament, politics and democracy.
During the last couple of years a number of schools and colleges from the Caerphilly constituency have taken part in visits organised by the Education Service. These have included young people from Coleg y Cymoedd. St Cenydd Comprehensive and Bedwas High School. I was also delighted to see members of the Caerphilly Youth Forum represent the Borough when the UK Youth Parliament held its annual sitting in the House of Commons.
Education visits are designed for students aged 7 -18 and include an education tour, followed by a workshop run by Education Service staff. The Education tour is designed to reflect the National Curriculum and talk about the role of Parliament as a legislative body, rather than just focusing on the building itself.
Education visits take place throughout the school year during term time. Visits need to be booked direct with the Education Service, by a teacher or member of staff at a school or educational organisation, at least one term in advance, by telephoning 020 7219 4496. However, if you would like more information, including details of financial support please contact my constituency office on 029 2088 1061
Of course, other groups are always welcome to come just for a tour of Parliament and if you would like further details please contact my office.