The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Tricia Marwick MSP, has extended a warm welcome to community groups from across Scotland ahead of the Parliament’s fourth Communities Conference on Saturday.
The conference aims to help local organisations understand more about their Parliament and how to engage with it. More than 120 small voluntary groups, civic associations and local action groups who may not have previous experience of taking their campaigns to Parliament will come to Holyrood for the day.
The Presiding Officer will be joined by fellow MSPs Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Stewart Maxwell, Margo MacDonald and Murdo Fraser.
Workshops will cover Parliament committees, the role of an MSP, petitions, cross-party groups, use of social networks and the media.
Speaking ahead of the event, the Presiding Officer said:
“With more than 200 delegates from the length and breadth of Scotland, this Conference offers a great opportunity for local groups to meet, learn from each other and find out how to make their voice heard at Holyrood.
“It will, I hope, demystify the political process giving small local groups the knowledge, tools and confidence to influence what happens both at Holyrood and in their local communities.”
The conference is part of the Parliament’s on-going commitment to engaging with all of Scotland’s people. As well as welcoming people to Holyrood, the Parliament also goes out to communities and on 5 November, the Parliament will visit Hawick for its first ever Parliament Day. This includes school visits, a Finance Committee meeting and a series of engagements with community groups. Last year, around 12,000 pupils visited Holyrood and staff from the Parliament visited 300 schools.
The Chamber plenary will be webcast live on the Scottish Parliament’s website at 10.30am.
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