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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-06

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Adults with learning disabilities get their voice heard in Parliament through Empower! Programme

THE UK Parliament's 'Empower!' Programme arrived in Preston, on Friday, 2 June 2017, to hold a workshop. The event run by long with members of the UK Parliament's Outreach team, together with local partners Future Directions was designed and developed in order to support adults with learning disabilities in making civic engagement choices and participating in the political process. The 'Empower!' Programme enables participants to find out what the UK Parliament is, what is does, and how they can get involved and make their voices heard.

This event also included:- 'Empower! Train the Trainer' where local community groups can learn to deliver specialist ALD training to their organisations or wider community. Participants on this section of the event found out about the how the 'Empower!' programme can be tailor any of the various workshops and presentations to meet specific needs. They also learned about how workshops and presentations can be backed up with the 'Empower!' learning resources. These resources are designed to engage and inspire participants with activities to get them talking about who runs the country and what laws they would make.

'Empower!' programme coordinator Sharon Stanley said:- "Parliament is committed to ensuring every UK citizen has the chance to learn more about and enagage in the political process, and the EMPOWER! programme is a vital tool to help us achieve that goal. We are very much looking forward to this upcoming event, which is 1 of a series taking place across the country in the coming months. More information about the programme is available online. Parliament offers a range of resources for schools, universities and trainers wishing to learn or teach about Parliament and parliamentary processes can also be found online."


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