World Cup Action

Amidst the petabytes of press coverage of the World Cup, Politico has done the one useful thing of finding out where best to watch matches in the vicinity of Westminster (we assume those working in constituency offices have enough local knowledge to track down a screen).

According to today’s London Playbook:

The match is live on BBC1, which means it will be on in pretty much all the pubs around Westminster including the Red Lion and the Westminster Arms. Strangers will have it on too — though possibly without sound — as will the Sports and Social. But if you want a big screen, you’ll have to go further afield — try the Barley Mow on Horseferry Road, Greenwood in Victoria (which has 19 screens) or Sports Bar & Grill at Waterloo station. The Porterhouse in Covent Garden was great for the last World Cup, with fans from all over the world flocking there. The Grafton Arms in Soho has an outdoor screen if you need to chain-smoke nervously.
Whatever you do: Get there early — the pubs are going to be rammed. In fact, get there really early and check out England’s next opponents … Belgium vs. Panama kicks off at 4 p.m.

The Influence of Where You Live

New analysis of 15 years of the Hansard Society‘s Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement – such as education and social class – are taken into account.

The full report is available to read on the Hansard Society website.

 

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 May 2018

As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Gardening for good

We only advertise jobs with a political dimension over on w4mpjobs, but this role from the human rights organisation Freedom from Torture may appeal to those who’ve had enough of the corridors of Westminster or a dark constituency office – they are looking for a gardener to work 14 hours a week for them.

The purpose of the role is to develop the National Growth Project horticultural work in line with organic and ecological standards and to shape this work around the main principles of horticultural therapy.

The main activities of the role are to have horticultural oversight of the Isledon Road NGP garden and to assist and support the Project and the project workers

The ideal candidate for the role will have the following qualification and skills:

• Qualification in horticulture e.g. Diploma in Horticulture
• Understanding of gardening as a healing process
• Sound experience of organic gardening
• Experience of working with vulnerable adults in a therapeutic setting
• Experience of supporting others in learning about and carrying out gardening activities

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Saba Stefanos, Manager Adult Team on 02076977827.

Contract: Permanent
Part- Time: 14 hrs/week (preferably Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Location: London
Job Ref: R-70

Since 1985 Freedom from Torture has been the only UK human rights organization dedicated to treating and supporting torture survivors who seek refuge in the UK. We do this primarily through psychological therapies but also services which document torture forensically, practical legal and welfare support and creative groups.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.

 

Help to organise Millennifest…

Common Vision is looking for Event Volunteers to support an exciting new event series piloting in 2018. MILLENNIFEST (www.millennifest.co.uk) is all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. We have a range of amazing speakers confirmed, including high profile politicians from 5 political parties, social activists and entrepreneurs, social media figures and political commentators.

Volunteers will attend one or more of the following events:

  • Sheffield: Saturday 12th May
  • Birmingham: Saturday 19th May
  • Cardiff: Saturday 26th May
  • London: Saturday 9th June

You will gain hands-on experience of events planning and delivery, and have
the opportunity to gain new skills, meet the speakers, and contribute to something very cool.

The following experience or interests are desirable but not essential:

  • Event organising/ stewarding
  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Vlogging/ blogging
  • Experience of customer service
  • Photograohy or videography skills

For further information or to apply to become a volunteer please email poppy.reindorp@covi.org.uk

Clear the Lobby!

Clear the Lobby (clearthelobby.co.uk/newsletter) is a free email newsletter that explains the laws MPs are voting on each week in plain English.

In just two  minutes of reading time a week, subscribers can get a good idea of the issues that politicians are set to debate, much of which is not covered in the mainstream media.

The newsletter goes out every Sunday, allowing enough time for people to write to their MPs if they want them to vote a certain way. Clear the Lobby has won praise from other political transparency projects like MySociety, which runs TheyWorkForYou.

 

Parliamentary recruitment fair

Thursday 19 Apr 2018, 15:00 – 19:00
Westminster Hall
Contact: Visit Parliament, 020 7219 4114, visitparliament@parliament.uk

Parliament’s annual recruitment fair will take place on Thursday 19 April in Westminster Hall from 3pm – 7pm.

As spaces are limited, tickets must be booked in advance. Please contact Visit Parliament by email or call 020 7219 4114. Pass holders do not need a ticket.

There will be stalls from departments across both Houses. If you have volunteered to act as a departmental representative, a short meeting will be scheduled nearer to the time to run through any final questions.

https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/whats-on/2018/april/parliamentary-recruitment-fair/

Parliament Choir

Do you enjoy singing but feel you don’t have time?

Did you know there is a choir at Westminster?

We meet for 2 hours every Monday evening in the Chapel Undercroft, so it is the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work.  We are a very friendly group of all ages made up of House staff, Parliamentary staff, MPs and Peers.  But rank and position are left at the door.  All that matters is a love of choral singing.

We usually put on two or three concerts each year at venues close to the House.  We work closely with the wonderful Southbank Sinfonia which is made up of a constantly changing group of exciting young professional musicians.  We even have an annual trip to a music festival in Tuscany.  What is not to like?!

We welcome all pass-holders and it is fine to come for a few weeks to see if you enjoy it before joining formally.  So come and find us.  Or make contact with our Secretary, Diana Thompson, at secretary@parliamentchoir.org.uk.