WWG Talk – Nature and Wellbeing: Looking after Yourself – and nature

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Nature and Wellbeing: Looking after Yourself – and nature

Tuesday 24th November 2020 2pm – 3pm

Dom Higgins, Head of Health and Education for The Wildlife Trusts, will talk about why nature is so important for our health and wellbeing. He will be sharing some of the evidence that shows why we feel happier when we are in places filled with wildlife – and also be giving tips on how we can all make space for nature in our lives.

Please rsvp to : mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Thursday 29 October – Q&A session on services and support for Members’ staff

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The Members’ Services Team is running a phone-in Q&A session for MPs’ staff on Thursday 29 October at 2pm.  This will take place over MS Teams – please email the Members’ Services Team for the link

The areas we can cover include:

  • Support for returning to the workplace
  • HR services
  • Learning and Development
  • Office and personnel security
  • Digital resources including MS Teams and remote working
  • Constituency engagement
  • Wellbeing support
  • House services

During the session, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions to the panel and to other MP offices.

The panel will be made up of:

  • Chris Sear (Members’ Services Team) who will Chair the meeting
  • Georgina Kester (MAPSA)
  • Max Freedman (Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch)
  • Jenny Symmons (GMB)
  • Lyndsey Allen-Trott (Parliamentary Security Directorate)
  • Graham Peek (Parliamentary Digital Service)
  • Veronica McLaughlin (Parliamentary Digital Service)

Each Panel member will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and give you key messages about their area of work.  The remainder of the session will be given over to questions and comments from you which the panel will try to answer at the time.  Written summaries will be provided after the events for those unable to attend.

We would also love to hear your views on how we could make you feel part of the Parliamentary community.

If you would like to pre-register any questions, you can do so by emailing MST@parliament.uk, but we will also take questions without notice at the event and we will do our best to answer as many as we can during the meeting.  We will provide a written answer to any outstanding questions.

We are aware that not all of you will be able to attend so this will be the first of several events at different times of the week.

Things to do…

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Ok, so as fun and rewarding as your job may be you can’t, and you shouldn’t, spend all of your time busy with work. Trying to avoid work can be especially hard when you’re spending so much time at home. But, have no fear, W4MP comes to you with a solution! Below are a list of fun activities to keep you busy, keep you thinking, and keep you sane. 

Online Activities to keep you busy offline during the lockdown

Here are some activities that we think will help you stay busy during the lockdown.

Moving around

  • Fitness: If you’re missing the gym, or want to get into exercise for the first time, then P.E with JOE is probably the best place to start. Joe offers a really wide array of online classes that are suited to people of all abilities.
  • Yoga: If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, then maybe online yoga is for you. Yoga with Adriene varies from soft and gentle to thoroughly exhausting.
  • Ballet: The Dutch National Opera and Ballet, as part of their stay at home series, are streaming online Ballet Classes on their YouTube page. Classes come out once a week and are about thirty minutes long.

Cooking

  • There are two kinds of people during a lockdown. People making sourdough and people struggling to find flour. If you’re in the first camp then Breadahead’s online baking course is for you. Live at 2pm (GMT) everyday on Instagram live, Breadahead teaches you how to make a wide variety of loaves from Focaccia to Ciabatta.

Hobbies

Rough Sleeping in Westminster

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Many passholders and visitors have raised concerns about the people who sleep in the area around the parliamentary estate and have expressed a wish to help improve the situation for those living in such difficult circumstances.

Two events have been organised in conjunction with Westminster City Council and St Mungo’s so that you can learn more about their work and how you can help.

  • 13:00 – 14:00 on Tuesday 11 February 2020
  • 13:00 – 14:00 on Tuesday 3 March 2020

You can find the full details here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2020/february-/rough-sleeping-in-westminster/

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

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HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place on 17 July between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room U of Portcullis House.

HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more complex cases to get these resolved as quickly as possible.

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

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HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place on 18 June between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room P at Portcullis House.

HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more complex cases to get these resolved as quickly as possible.

In addition, HMRC policy officials will be available to answer questions on the loan charge.

Upcoming drop-in details:

  • 17 July, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: U PCH

HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

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HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place tomorrow between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room R at Portcullis House.

HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more complex cases to get these resolved as quickly as possible.

In addition, HMRC policy officials will be available to answer questions on the loan charge.

Upcoming drop-in details:

  • 18 June, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: P PCH
  • 17 July, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: U PCH

It’s Not OK. Girls’ experiences of street harassment

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Every day girls are being harassed on the street.

They’re being catcalled, followed, groped and grabbed. And it’s happening everywhere.

With alarming new statistics, Plan International UK launches a new report ‘It’s not OK’ revealing the scale of street harassment faced by girls in the UK.  Hear from girls as they discuss the research with leading decision-makers.

Hosted by Tim Loughton MP with opening remarks from Maria Miller MP.

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 8.30 – 10.30am with breakfast and networking
Venue: The Churchill Room, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

RSVP essential: rsvp@plan-uk.org

The Women Who Didn’t Get the Vote in 1918

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WebRoots Democracy has an event on 20 February that may be of interest – see https://nvite.com/eb/42455897733

WebRoots Democracy event

WebRoots Democracy event

 

Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918.

2018 marks the centenary of the first women in the UK being allowed to vote. The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women over the age of 30 to vote provided they were university graduates, had certain property rights, or were married to men who had certain property rights. Ten years later, the 1928 Representation of the People Act provided electoral equality, allowing all women over the age of 21 to vote, regardless of property rights.

Join us on the 20th of February as we learn more about the women who were denied the vote in 1918 and to explore current voting behaviour and political representation across class, gender, and ethnic divides in 2018.

Speakers:

Dawn Butler MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
Cllr Abena Oppong Asare – London Borough of Bexley and Labour Women’s Network
Neema Begum – PhD Researcher (Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour), University of Bristol
Rachael Gibbons – Programme Lead (Working Class Heroes), RECLAIM Project

Chair: Fahmida Rahman – WebRoots Democracy

Further speakers to be announced.

Spaces are limited and your name will need to be on the guestlist in order to attend.

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