The Parliament Project 

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The Parliament Project is a non-partisan project to inspire, empower and encourage women to run for political office in the UK. We run workshops and webinars to demystify the process for getting involved in politics, run online peer support circles to support women's political ambitions. Active across England and Scotland, 800 women have attended our workshops in the last year. We hope to create a groundswell of women entering political parties, pressing them to adjust and change and ultimately to achieving 51% female representation in all levels of politics.

Is this the year that you decide to stand for election to your local Council, Community Council or get ready to stand as an MP or MSP? Sign up for one of our workshops or webinars below. #GetReadyToStand We are part funded by JRRT. Please donate to help us run more workshops. 

 

 

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Our Impact

1000+

women attending our workshops

Women attend our workshops for many reasons, either to find out how to join a party, navigate the party political system, how to stand or to get the final inspiration to go for it.  

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Cities across the UK

Locations of previous workshops: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Perth, Newcastle, Manchester, Chester, Sheffield, Wigan, Birmingham, Bradford, Liverpool, Lincoln, London and Exeter.

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POlitical parties

We have hosted speakers from the SNP, Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Womens Equality Party. 

 

Get Ready to stand! webinar series

Are you ready to take your next political step? Have you found it hard to come to one of our workshops? Now we are offering help online. You will be able to hear from more women in politics through a series of webinars which build on our workshops and are focused on practical aspects of becoming a politician. Women MPs, MSPs and Councillors from across the political spectrum will share their experiences and answer questions in our digital surgeries. 

 Number 3 in our  Get Ready to Stand!  series. This is a digital surgery around the theme  Building a Team.    Claire Miller ,  Scottish Greens  Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre and  Preet Kaur Gill ,  Labour (Co-op)  MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston will share their experiences of working with others to achieve their political goals in a discussion facilitated by members of The Parliament Project. The audience will have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.  The webinar is 50 minutes and will be delivered via zoom video conference platform, the navigation details for which will be distributed before the webinar.   REGISTER   DATE AND TIME  Fri 20 April 2018  12:30 – 13:30 BST

Number 3 in our Get Ready to Stand! series. This is a digital surgery around the theme Building a Team.

Claire MillerScottish Greens Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre and Preet Kaur GillLabour (Co-op) MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston will share their experiences of working with others to achieve their political goals in a discussion facilitated by members of The Parliament Project. The audience will have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.

The webinar is 50 minutes and will be delivered via zoom video conference platform, the navigation details for which will be distributed before the webinar.

REGISTER

DATE AND TIME

Fri 20 April 2018

12:30 – 13:30 BST

 The final webinar in our  Get Ready to Stand!  series. This is a digital surgery around the theme  Public Presence & Resilience.    Seyi Akiwowo ,  Labour  Councillor for Newham and Founder of  Glitch!UK  and  Louise Haigh ,  Labour  MP for Sheffield, Heeley will share their experiences of stepping in to the public eye and the challenges that presents in an insightful discussion. The audience will have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.  The webinar is 50 minutes and will be delivered via zoom video conference platform, the navigation details for which will be distributed before the webinar.   REGISTER   DATE AND TIME  Fri 18 May 2018  12:30 – 13:30 BST

The final webinar in our Get Ready to Stand! series. This is a digital surgery around the theme Public Presence & Resilience.

Seyi AkiwowoLabour Councillor for Newham and Founder of Glitch!UK and Louise HaighLabour MP for Sheffield, Heeley will share their experiences of stepping in to the public eye and the challenges that presents in an insightful discussion. The audience will have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panel.

The webinar is 50 minutes and will be delivered via zoom video conference platform, the navigation details for which will be distributed before the webinar.

REGISTER

DATE AND TIME

Fri 18 May 2018

12:30 – 13:30 BST

Webinars will provide more opportunities to learn from women already in political careers for those who have attended one or more of our workshops, and those who haven’t. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like through the Register link above. The webinars are 50 minute sessions scheduled on Friday lunchtimes, accessible through the zoom video conferencing platform.  Once you sign up, we will send you all the information about how to participate. 

Running alongside the webinars we are offering further support through our new online peer support circles.

Participation in the webinars is free of charge thanks to a grant from The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.  

Previous Webinars

If you didn't manage to participate in the webinars, don't worry, you can view them here. The first of 4 webinars in our Get Ready to Stand! series focused on the theme My Mission: Why Politics? Gillian Martin, the SNP’s Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeenshire East and Rachel VarleyConservative Councillor for Bingley Town Council share their experiences of getting into politics.

Webinar one 'Why Politics, My Mission'. Speaker Gillian Martin, SNP MSP Aberdeenshire East

Webinar one: 'Why Politics, My Mission'. Speaker Rachel Varley, Conservative Bradford

The second of 4 webinars in our Get Ready to Stand! series focused on the theme Where & When to Run. Conservative Councillor Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council and Liverpool Mayoral Candidate for the Women’s Equality Party Tabitha Morton share their experiences of how they decided to run and what tips that have for you. 

Conservative Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council talks about where and when to stand

Tabitha Morton, Women's Equality Party candidate for Liverpool Mayor talks about where and when to stand

get ready to stand! Online Peer Support Circles

Running alongside the webinars we are offering further support through our new online peer support circles - think of it as digital bootcamp for those of you who are on the pathway to making political power a reality! Our Parliament Project consultants will facilitate you through a 6-session journey with a small group of peers supporting you to get ready to run. Hour-long sessions will build on the discussion and content of the webinars and create practical and safe spaces for you to connect with others and explore and plan your pathway.

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The peer support circle programme is a deliberate and intentional space for your individual personal and political growth, using the power of peer connections, reflections and support. To participate you will want to be:

  • Motivated: You will be seriously considering running for political office and want to explore this further. It could be that you want to run at the next available opportunity or have a firm inkling it is something you want to prepare for at some point in your life.
  • Committed - to yourself and your peers. You will want to attend all of the peer sessions, approximately 1 per month and either attend or watch the webinar recordings. We estimate that to get the most out of the programme you will want to be able to spend a further 2 to 3 hours each week working your way on your political pathway.
  • Open To trying new things, to understanding and discussing the views of others, to receiving feedback and sharing your experiences with others.
  • Respectful Our work is cross-party, and we believe that bringing women together across political perspectives is a powerful benefit to supporting women into politics, circles will be open to women of all political parties, and none.

Dates - Circles will be 1 hour in length, all scheduled at lunchtimes on Thursdays and facilitated through the Zoom video conferencing platform. 

Circle 1: 8th February 2018            12.30-13.30

Circle 2: 15th February 2018          12.30-13.30

Circle 3: 8th March 2018                12.30-13.30

Circle 4: 22nd March 2018             12.30-13.30

Circle 5: 26th April 2018                 12.30-13.30

Circle 6: 24th May 2018                 12.30-13.30

All webinar sessions and coaching circles will be delivered via Zoom video conference. The peer coaching circles programme will also be supported by a Facebook closed group for everyone involved in the circles. 

The sessions are all provided free of charge thanks to a grant from the The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd.  If you are interested in taking part in our next Peer Circle, please email hannah@parliamentproject.com 

If you have any questions or require further information to enable your participation please contact nicola@parliamentproject.com

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If you would like to discuss the Parliament Project, our plans for the future or how you can help, please email us on help@parliamentproject.com