Wellness Working Group Virtual meeting: Kooth, Mental Health Support for Children and Young People


Wellness Working Group Online Event

Kooth.com, Mental Health Support for Children and Young People
Time: 11am – 12pm
Date: Friday 16 April 2021

Dr. Lynne Green, Consultant Psychologist and Chief Clinical Officer and Gareth Evans, Director of Accounts and Engagement for Kooth will cover what Kooth is for children and young people, how to talk to parents about Kooth, how to access their services and discuss some case studies on the work they do with children and young people.

1 in 5 children and young people suffer from mental health illness in any given year. Kooth.com is commissioned by the NHS and Local Authorities to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for children and young people, providing end to end support whatever the need.

To join this meeting, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

As always, please feel free to share this event with your colleagues and encourage them to join the Group.

6-week Mindfulness Course for MPs’ staff


The world we live in is fast paced and dynamic – while this can feel exciting it can also become overwhelming, so how do we navigate our lives skilfully?  Mindfulness supports resilience and well-being. It is particularly valuable at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, equipping you with tools to relate to challenging situations, and to form helpful daily habits.

The Working Mind mindfulness programme – new to Parliament this year – is designed specifically for the workplace and is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some familiarity with mindfulness.

This 6-week online mindfulness programme will be interactive and experiential. Between classes you will be invited to practice guided meditations using an app, and to explore ‘mindfulness in action’.

Please note that this programme is only open to Members’ Staff of the House of Commons

For further details and to sign up, please go to this ACT page: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=1899

All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with fixated individuals


The Members’ Services Team run all-Members’ staff phone-ins monthly. These events are available to book through our learning management system, Act.

Dealing with fixated individuals

Members of Parliament are at risk of being targeted by fixated individuals. In this session we will look at identifying obsessive behaviour and discuss the process should your office be targeted.

Click the link to book.

Thursday 22 April 3-4pm – Dealing with fixated individuals

Hotline details for Opodo/eDreams


It’s been brought to our attention that MPs’ offices have been emailing the CEO of Opodo/eDreams directly with casework.  However, Opodo/eDreams have provided an MP hotline email address, which will get a quicker response.

Please can MPs’ offices ensure that they use only the email address on our hotlines list and do not send casework to the CEO.

New rates for National Living Wage/ National Minimum Wage come into effect April 1


These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1 April every year.

23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2021 £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30


Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship


Available: Room to Rent


Ref: 2950

Single room for £525 per month all inclusive, located nearby Camberwell (SE9) and Brixton (SW2). Shops within walking distance, bus and train links nearby, available immediately.

Looking for friendly young professional/student who is independent, easy going and also likes to socialise to take up cosy room in a nice flat in a vibrant area.


Contact: obohor@parliament.uk

All MP staff virtual Q&A – Data Protection and GDPR


Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Date: Friday 26 March 2021
Where: Online – MS Teams

Stacey Pereira from the Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) service team will speak at the March All MP staff Q&A session, taking place Friday 26 March 12-1pm.

There will also be talks from the Education and Engagement Outreach team to let you know what they can offer to you, and the R&R team will be providing an update on the upcoming works and moves on the Parliamentary estate.

If you would like to register a question ahead of the event, please email MST@parliament.uk. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

To book to join this session, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3960