Knightstone Housing hosts Parliament Week event at City Academy

18 November 2013

We, as an official partner for Parliament Week, hosted an event on the eve of the week, Thursday 14 November.

The event at City Academy in Bristol, called ‘Democracy: What’s in it for you?’, brought influential figures in Bristol together to engage with local people and encourage them to get active in their communities, to shape society and influence change.

Over 50 local people of all ages attended the event, along with guest speakers Faruk Choudhury, Lord Mayor of Bristol, Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West, Cllr Hibaq Jama, Councillor for Lawrence Hill, and Liz Jones, former Manager of Easton Community Centre and former Councillor. Students from City Academy took part in a project with Parliament Week which captured people’s opinion through film.

Stewart Wright, Board Member at Knightstone, said ‘Being involved in Parliament Week has been a great opportunity for Knightstone and this event was a great success. It gave those who attended a chance to see the real passion and commitment of their politicians, at both a local and national level.

I do hope this will encourage more people to get involved in politics and instil more confidence in communities to campaign for change and make things happen where they live.’

Nicola Parson, Marketing and PR PA at City Academy, said  ‘It was a great pleasure to work alongside Knightstone Housing to host the Parliament Week event in Bristol, and also offer local residents and students the chance to engage with an MP, a councillor and The Lord Mayor of Bristol.’

Parliament Week, which runs from 15-21 November, is an annual programme of events that aim to inspire people to engage with Parliament and democracy, and let them know how they can make their voices heard.

The week offers something for everyone, with partners including charities, youth groups, schools and museums hosting free activities across the UK. Part of the Parliament Week programme this year will focus on  Women in Democracy – celebrating the role of women in making the UK a democratic, representative society and showing more women how they can make their voices hear.

To find out more information, please visit www.parliamentweek.org/events

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