Pakistan & Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA), based in Batley, Yorkshire recently teamed up with Parliamentary services to run a series of workshops for local residents to enable and empower them for their engagement with the work and processes of Parliament. The workshops have proved be very popular and successful.

p8 cParticipants who attended were full of praise for the workshops; due to its success and popularity, it is anticipated more workshops will be held in the future.

One of the attendees and local resident Masood Iqbal said: “I found the workshop thoroughly useful as it increased my understanding of the legislative process (primary/secondary), statutory instruments and delegated legislation, how to track and influence bills before parliaments. I look forward to making my contribution as a member of public by submitting evidence directly to the select committees and parliamentary process generally”

Razi Qadri, who also attended said: “I want to thank PKWA for organising these important workshops which have enabled me to better understand the important role of the Parliament, Government and the Monarch”

“The workshop has given me an opportunity to understand developing an elective ‘Campaigning toolkit’, learning to use different engagement methods as part of a campaign” said Khadim Hussain.

Aysha Imran, who was one of many women who also attended said: “I have learned a great deal from the course and now better able to understand from the informality of parliamentary groups and to the formality of select committees, petitioning nature of EDMs, private motions to organising process for the parliamentary business arrangements.”