The Scottish Parliament wants to encourage and
support a broader range of people across Scotland to engage on issues that
matter to them.
The Community Outreach
Team (COT) works with colleagues across the Parliament to enhance opportunities
for public engagement in the work of parliamentary committees. By supporting
people and communities who wouldn’t otherwise engage with the Parliament, we
channel critical lived experience and insight to help MSPs and committees when
they undertake parliamentary inquiries and scrutiny of legislation.
To do this we work closely with key partners in
communities across Scotland, such as Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs), and
individual third sector organisations such as voluntary groups, charities
and community organisations.
Depending on the committee business we’re
supporting, we also work closely with thematic groups and communities of
interest - e.g., children and young people, senior citizens, minority ethnic
groups, LGBTI charities, disability rights organisations, etc.
We work with external groups in ways that are
appropriate, respectful and safe. This ensures that our external partners feel
valued, listened to and empowered.
COT consists of four members of staff who,
together, bring a wealth of experience to the Team. Between us, the Team covers
all thirty-two local authority areas in Scotland.
We’ve divided the thirty-two local authority
areas between us as detailed below. So, wherever you’re based, contact the
appropriate Team member and we’ll do our best to help.
- Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Renfrewshire,
Scottish Borders, and West Dunbartonshire.
- Ewan -
Argyll & Bute, Dundee City, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Inverclyde, North
Lanarkshire, Orkney, South Lanarkshire,
- Kate -
East Ayrshire, Edinburgh City, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, Perth and
Kinross, South Ayrshire, Western Isles, West Lothian
- Leoncha – Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian,
Falkirk, Glasgow City, Shetland, Stirling
You can follow us on Twitter ( @OutreachSP ).
Here you’ll find the latest news and updates about parliamentary business,
including Calls for Views, and the work we’re doing to help people across
Scotland get their voices heard in parliamentary business.
We also issue a monthly email newsletter. If you would like to receive this direct to you inbox, please contact one of the team.
Our issues so far can be read at the links below:
To find out more about the work of COT and how
we can help you get your voice heard at Holyrood, get in touch.
Community Outreach Team
The Scottish Parliament
0131 348 5401