The Outreach Team: Helping the public to Understand and Engage with the Assembly

The Outreach Team works across the whole of Wales, travelling far and wide to visit groups and deliver workshops in order to support the democratic principles of the National Assembly for Wales.

For us, democracy is about citizens being informed of who represents them, how decisions made affect them and how they can get involved in those decisions.

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That’s why we offer our Understanding and Engaging workshops to groups all across Wales. We aim to connect the people of Wales with the work of the Assembly by discussing:

  • Who represents you
  • How decisions made in the Assembly affect Wales and its people
  • How the Assembly hold the Welsh Government to account
  • How you can get involved in decisions made by the Assembly

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Thus far this term we have engaged with over a thousand people to talk about the work of the Assembly. We’ve visited groups ranging from Scouts Wales to Swansea’s University of the Third Age, from Digartref Ynys Môn to Neath Port Talbot CVS in South Wales.

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We also exhibited at the Communities First Annual Conference in Llandudno where we met with representatives from Communities First clusters in all corners of Wales to discuss our work and, drawing on the conference theme, how we can work together toward a common goal for communities in Wales.

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The participants in each of our sessions have been great, many have noted how they hadn’t previously understood the difference between the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government, and questions have been varied and insightful, leading to some very passionate debates!

Here’s what one participant had to say:

“…I enjoyed Kevin’s talk to Swansea U3A today. I have only recently moved back to Wales after 40 years away and, frankly, have not got around to reading up how the Assembly works – after Kevin’s engaging talk I feel I’m now up to speed so a big thank you to him and his colleague.”

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If your group would be interested in receiving an Understanding and Engaging workshop, or are simply interested in our work, please contact us via OutreachTeam@wales.gov.uk or phone us on 01492 523220.

To learn more about where the Outreach team have been recently and which organisations and groups we’ve been visiting, as well as to learn about the work we do on behalf of committees, please visit our pages on the Assembly website.

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