Island organisations are being invited to take part in this year’s UK Parliament Week – an annual festival that aims to engage local people with the UK Parliament.
The event, which aims to strengthen democratic links between communities and their national parliament, was well supported on the Isle of Wight last year with around 30 events – a number involving MP Bob Seely – being held.
10 organisations have already signed up to this year’s event which will run between 1st-7th November, however, Bob is keen for more organisations to get involved.
“The idea is to explore with local groups what parliament means to them and to empower them to get involved in the decisions that affect them.
“Last year there were 29 events across the Island and our festival was rated joint 13th out of 40 constituencies who took part. I’m grateful to those organisations who got involved last year; I’d like to see us build on that this year.
“Democracy is important and requires engagement. Parliament week is a great way of getting residents – especially the young – engaged.
“Events can be both informative and entertaining. Debate is so important to democracy and I am encouraged by the amount of engagement from the Island last year particularly from schools and youth organisations.
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“Through my school visits I know that children have good ideas around how they can shape their world, so I encourage schools to sign up and show children how they can make a difference.”
Further details on how to sign up to the UK Parliament event can be found at https://www.ukparliamentweek.org.
Organisations which took part in 2019:
|1st Brading Scout Group|
|1st Carisbrooke Guides|
|1st Ryde Brownies|
|11th Newport Brownies|
|Summerfields Primary School|
|1st Binstead Guides|
|3rd Ryde Rainbows|
|Arreton Primary School|
|1st Shanklin Rainbows|
|8th Ryde Rainbows|
|1st Ryde 1st Binstead Scout Group|
|5th Ryde Cub Scouts|
|1st Sandown Rainbows|
|St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School|
|5th Sandown Brownies|
|1st Lake Guides|
|Lucie Blackman Trust|
|Baby Box IW, Haylands School|
|3rd Ryde Girls Brigade|
|Lucie Blackman Trust|
|1st Newport (Isle of Wight) Girls’ Brigade|
|Holy Cross RC Primary School|
|Lanesend Primary School|