John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle is inviting schools, uniformed groups, community organisations and residents across Carlisle to get involved in UK Parliament Week, an annual event spreading the word about what Parliament is, what it does and how people can have their voices heard.
UK Parliament Week (UKPW) is taking place from 14-20 November and is an opportunity for communities to join together to find out how to make a difference on issues they care about by engaging with UK Parliament.
As well as exploring UK Parliament and ways to get involved, this year’s UKPW will also celebrate the restoration of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower ahead of its reopening to visitors. Participants are also being encouraged to hold “tea with my community” events to bring people together to reflect on what their community means to them.
Local groups, volunteer organisations and schools in hundreds of constituencies across the United Kingdom have already signed up to get informed, take action and make an impact. Last year over one million people took part in every nation and region of the UK, and countries all over the world.
Commenting John said: “I’m encouraging people in my constituency to sign up for UK Parliament Week 2022. I’m looking forward to seeing how people join in, especially in schools and youth groups, and welcome this opportunity for communities to come together to find out about UK Parliament and celebrate the restoration of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower.”
Naomi Jurczak, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said: “UK Parliament Week is a great opportunity for citizens of all ages to get informed about how they can engage with UK Parliament to make a difference. Every year it’s fantastic to see so many people actively take part in UK Parliament Week. We look forward to lots of people in Carlisle joining in.” People who sign up for UK Parliament Week will be sent a free kit packed with resources, including a booklet, a ballot box, bunting and stickers. There are tailored kits available for youth groups, primary and secondary schools, and adults/over 16s.