Community Outreach

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.

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The Team 

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.

  • Paul - 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:

August 2019

July 2019

To find out more about the work of COT and how we can help you get your voice heard at Holyrood, get in touch.

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Contact Details

Community Outreach Team

The Scottish Parliament


EH99 1SP

0131 348 5401




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