Tag: North Wales

Understanding and Engaging with the Assembly

Last month the National Assembly for Wales’s Outreach Team visited ten groups across Wales to provide Understanding and Engaging workshops and hosted three events in support of Assembly Business.

This month we met with 566 people to discuss the role of the Assembly and inform them of:

  • Who their representatives are
  • How decisions made at the Assembly affect the people of Wales
  • How the Assembly hold the Welsh Government to account
  • How they can get involved in decisions made by the Assembly

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The Benllech 50+ Group were a particularly lively bunch. While discussing the legislative process of the National Assembly for Wales we opened up the discussion and asked the group what changes they’d like to see. Chief among their priorities was a focus on tourism and transport, issues they said are very important to them in Anglesey.

Chair of the Group, Mrs Dilys Standish said after the session:

“We’ve just had a presentation from the Outreach Team [who are based] at Colwyn Bay. It was very interesting to know how the Welsh Assembly works and all the different ways we can, as a community, get involved with the Assembly.

A wonderful afternoon has been had by all and it was very informative.”

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A group from Women Making a Difference also came to us at the Senedd for a presentation this month. We had a very interactive session discussing how the group would prioritise spending if they were given control of the budget. This group were also very surprised to learn about the Assembly’s petitioning system and how simple the process was to understand.

Other groups we’ve visited groups this month range from Chwarae Teg in Cardiff to YMCA in Swansea and up to the West Flintshire Communities First cluster.

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@assembly.wales or phone us on 0300 200 6574.

This month we’ve also been busy supporting Assembly business by hosting the Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s poverty roundtable event at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff and their site visits to projects and organisations all across Wales, and the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Tourism report launch in Aberglasney and their Assisting Younger People into work roundtable in Swansea. You can view the pictures from these events on the Assembly’s Flickr page.

Remember to keep up with our activities by following us on Twitter @SeneddOutreach or keep an eye on the ‘Assembly in your area’ section on the Assembly website.

Scouts Wales – Democracy Challenge Badge

Back in 2012 the National Assembly for Wales’ Outreach team formalised a partnership with Scouts Wales in order to provide them with resources for their Democracy Challenge Badge. The Democracy Challenge is intended to encourage young people to explore the democratic processes of the United Kingdom, Wales and Local Authorities in order that they are better placed to make their own judgements in the future and take an appropriate part in democracy in society.

Resources have been created by the Outreach team in order for leaders to have guidelines and activities in place to complete the requirements of the badge. Once completed the Scouts receive the badge below:

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Over the last couple of months the Outreach team have been busy promoting these resources with Scout leaders from all across Wales and have attended numerous events in order to do this.

Back in June the National Assembly for Wales’ Outreach bus was present at the Scouts Wales Scout Camp in Builth Wells and the Outreach team spoke to over 1,000 Scouts about the work of the Assembly. Scouts also received the opportunity to have their say on their recycling services by filling in a questionnaire.

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Following this the Outreach team visited a number of Scout groups across Wales to introduce them to the Democracy Challenge Badge and to help them on their way to completing the requirements. These groups included Wrexham Beaver and Cub Scouts. The group received an introductory workshop which gave them the opportunity to vote in a mini election. Following on from the workshop the group visited the Senedd in Cardiff in order to help them complete one of the requirements of the badge, which asks them to find out about the Senedd and to create a poster to explain to an adult who it is that meets there.

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Susan Mort, the Cub Scout Leader said:

“Wrexham District cubs visited the Senedd in Cardiff to find out about how their Parliament works and to learn about the meaning of the structure and fabrics used in its construction which is all part of Wales heritage.

We had a successful visit from Caryl who works for the Outreach team visiting organisations giving presentations on the Welsh Assembly. Beavers and Cubs from 6 to 10 and a half years old found out about the Senedd then took a vote on what they thought was most important to them which included sport and education.

As young as they are, they all took part and the results showed how aware they are of the importance of things like education.”

On Saturday 18 September 2014 the Outreach Team were present at the Scouts Wales AGM and Conference at Builth Wells High School. We set up a stand with hard copies of the resources and information publications for leaders to take home with them.

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The Outreach team then had the opportunity to give a presentation on the partnership between the National Assembly for Wales and Scouts Wales with regards to the Democracy Challenge Badge, how leaders can get hold of resources and to encourage as many leaders as possible to take up the challenge with their groups.

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Following the AGM and Conference the Outreach Team spoke to Debbie Tanner who is the Senior Development Officer for Scouts Wales. Below, Debbie tells us what she thinks of the resources created for the Democracy Challenge Badge.

If you would like any further information on the resources, or would like a member of the Outreach team to come out and speak to your Scout group then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01492 523219 or outreachteam@wales.gov.uk

For any other updates on the work of the National Assembly for Wales, please follow our twitter page @AssemblyWales.

The Assembly Outreach Bus at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, 3 – 7 July 2012

The International Music Festival at Llangollen, North Wales was the next stop for the Assembly Outreach Bus. This event has been staged every summer since 1947 and continues to be a platform for many competitors from across the globe to showcase their cultures and musical heritage.

We welcomed over 1000 people to the bus during the festival, many of whom completed the quiz, and many other activities we had on offer such as the Member Wall “have your say” post cards, relating to issues affecting their constituency or region in Wales. We were pleased to hear that many of the school children from Wales had visited the Senedd and learnt about the democratic process in Wales, some were even in the process of deciding which pictures to submit to the Presiding Officers’ Photography Competition “Democracy in Action in Wales”. The First Minister also paid a visit to the bus on Thursday.

The heavy rain that was forecast for the end of the week did arrive on Friday which left the main car park closed due to flooding. This affected the turn out to the Eisteddfod although the new awning on the bus did keep everyone relatively dry! I’m sure you’ll agree from the pictures it looks quite impressive and ensures we stand out.

On Saturday we had a few visits from Assembly Members that represented the surrounding constituencies; Lesley Griffiths AM and Ken Skates AM; we informed them that many of their constituents had filled in the post cards on the Member Wall and that we would be sending feedback to them shortly after returning to Cardiff Bay. Aled Roberts AM also dropped by to take a look at the bus at the end of the day.

 The next stop for the bus will be the Bridgend Show 13 – 15 July.

Pictures of the Outreach Bus at Llangollen Eisteddfod are on Flickr

Football event 24/5/12 – Stebonheath, Llanelli

On Thursday May 24, members of a National Assembly for Wales committee held an open mic event in Stebonheath, Llanelli, to listen to people’s views on the Welsh Premier League.
The event was part of the Community, Equality and Local Government Committee inquiry into the Welsh Premier League.
Ann Jones, chair of the Committee said after the event: “it was great to get out and meet people who are interested in the Welsh Premier League and are dedicated to making it, and their clubs successful.
We heard a number of important points about how the Welsh Premier League can be developed and we will be putting these points to the Welsh Football Association when they come to speak to us in the Senedd.
We will be meeting more Welsh Premier League fans shortly, when we go to Llandudno FC http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/llandudno/ and we hope to hear from fans from all over North Wales.”
The video below includes videos with Colin Staples from the Welsh Football Trust, and Nigel Richards from Llanelli AFC, speaking about the main discussion points of the event.

Thanks to Nigel and everyone at Llanelli AFC for hosting the event. The event in Llandudno FC takes place on May 31 at 7:30pm: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/llandudno/news/welsh-premier-league-open-foru-589890.html

The Assembly in your Area – Wales Council for Voluntary Action Annual Conference, 24 November 2011

The National Assembly for Wales Outreach Team had a presence at Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s Annual Conference on Thursday 24 November 2011. The event, which was held in Llandudno, aimed to provide third sector organisations with skills, resources and support to develop in the future. Various workshops were delivered throughout the day as well as speeches by key speakers. Some of the workshops included guidance on how to maximise use of digital media and social marketing techniques. The last workshop was about influencing the National Assembly for Wales. Representative from Voices for Change Cymru spoke in detail about some of the key ways of having your voice heard, including Assembly processes such as petitions, consultations and committee inquiries.

The Assembly in your Area – Consultation event with Aelwyd yr Ynys, 15 November 2011

On Tuesday evening 15 November 2011, the Assembly’s Outreach Manager in north Wales visited Aelwyd yr Ynys, Ynys Môn with questionnaires for the Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009. The Committee want to know what effect the Measure has had on young people 14 to 19 years of age. The group received a presentation on the work of the Assembly and learnt how the National Assembly for Wales Committees scrutinise the Welsh Government. Assembly Members on the Committee will take a look at the evidence they receive and decide which parts of the law are working well and which parts are working not so well.

The Assembly in your Area – Citizens Advice Bureau workshop, 14 November 2011

On 14 November, representatives from north Wales branches of Citizens Advice Cymru attended a training day organised by the north Wales Outreach team in National Assembly for Wales’ office in Colwyn Bay. The day began with a presentation on Understanding and Engaging with the Assembly, delivered by the Assembly’s Outreach Manager in north Wales. This was followed by a discussion with Mark Isherwood AM, Antoinette Sandbach AM and Aled Roberts AM. They talked about their role as Assembly Members and how they represent the north Wales region in the Assembly. The final session was a presentation by a member of the Assembly’s Petitions Committee where participants learned about the Assembly’s Petitions process. Participants said their knowledge of the Assembly had improved during the day and that they had found the session with the Assembly Members to be the most useful.