The Assembly in your Area
The National Assembly for Wales has officers working across Wales delivering presentations and workshops, supporting Assembly business and attending summer events.
NAfW – Engagement Toolkit – English
Projects and workshops
The Outreach Team work with a range of organisations and stakeholders across Wales on a local and national level delivering presentations and workshops to encourage understanding and engagement with the Assembly.
Each partnership created is unique to the organisation and is based on their aims and objectives.
The Outreach teams aim to ensure that the citizens across Wales have an understanding of who represents them, the legislative process, how the Assembly holds the Welsh Government to account and the engagement opportunities available to them.
Here are some recent examples of organisations we have worked with:
Providing business support
The Outreach Team regularly support committee business during their inquiry and consultation process, engaging with members of the public and stakeholders across Wales to discuss proposed changes to law and policy, which may directly affect them.
Evidence gathered through methods such as focus group sessions, video interviews or questionnaires, is presented to the committee as evidence for their consultation. These methods of engagement allow individuals to be involved in the process and participate in a way which they may not have done otherwise.
Here are some recent examples of the Outreach Committee work:
Enterprise and Business Committee Inquiry into Youth Entrepreneurship in Wales
As part of the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Inquiry into Youth Entrepreneurship in Wales the Outreach team conducted several video interviews with individuals across Wales that had either been successful in starting their own business or were in the process of starting their own business. Click here to view the video that was presented to the Committee.
The Committee's report can be viewed here.
Finance Committee’s Inquiry into Higher Education Funding in Wales
The purpose of this inquiry is to consider the funding of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Wales, the financial impact of the Welsh Government’s tuition fee grant policy on HEIs and students in Wales, and whether the Welsh Government is delivering value for money in this area.
The Outreach team engaged with a number of online communities to promote a survey which asked studentd across Wales about their views on the funding of HEI's in Wales.
They also conducted a webchat between members of the Committee and Welsh students in Welsh Universities and another webchat between members of the Committee and Welsh students from Universities outside of Wales. It is possible to see the transcript of the webchat here.
The Committee's report can be viewed here.
Children and Young People Committee Consultation of the Education (Wales) Bill
For this consultation the Outreach team have been promoting an online and paper based survey which asks members of the public, primarily parents, about harmonising the term dates of schools in Wales.
The Outreach team will also be conducting a number of focus groups with organisations and stakeholders across Wales to discuss SEN provision post-16 in schools and also the registration of more people within the teaching profession.
The Committee's report can be viewed here..
Communities, Equalities and Local Government Committee’s short inquiry into Public Libraries in Wales.
The purpose of this inquiry is to assess the progress made by the Welsh Government towards achieving its Programme for Government commitments relating to libraries, and how sustainable any progress is in the current climate.
As part of the inquiry the Outreach team will be conducting focus groups with groups of people that meet in libraries across Wales to discuss the use of their library and the services currently available to them through their library.
The Outreach team have also been targeting a number of online communities to encourage them to fill in a survey which was designed to find out why people in Wales use their libraries and what could be done to make better use of libraries.
Communities, Equalities and Local Government Committee Consultation of the Housing (Wales) Bill
For this consultation the Outreach team have been concentrating on two aspects of the Bill;
Reform homelessness law, including placing a stronger duty on local authorities to prevent homelessness and allowing them to use suitable accommodation in the private sector;
Place a duty on local authorities to provide sites for Gypsies and Travellers where a need has been identified.
The Outreach team have been holding focus groups across Wales with organisations to discuss these aspects of the Bill.
The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee have published their stage 1 report.
The Committee's report can be viewed here.
Enterprise and Business Committee inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach to the promotion of trade and inward investment
The purpose of this inquiry is to assess the effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s approach to the promotion of trade and inward investment and also to assess how well the Welsh Government work with its UK Government partners, such as UK trade and investment and UK export finance.
As part of the inquiry the Outreach team have been conducting video interviews with businesses across Wales to ask them about the Welsh Government’s approach to trade and inward investment.
Inquiry into petitions concerning the funding of bus services
The Petitions Committee have recently received many petitions about the bus services available across Wales.
As part of this inquiry the Committee would like to know what you think about bus and community transport services in Wales, particularly any recent changes to service provision and how these changes may have affected you.
The Outreach team have recently been promoting an online and paper based survey to ask the people of Wales what they think of their bus services and community transport services.
Enterprise and Business Committee - Follow-up Inquiry into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.
The National Assembly for Wales’ Enterprise and Business Committee is undertaking a follow-up Inquiry into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Skills.
The Committee will be looking at a number of aspects including what impact the Welsh Government’s strategy Science for Wales and Delivery Plan has had on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in Wales and what progress has been made in addressing the issues identified in the Enterprise and Learning Committee’s 2011 inquiry into the STEM agenda.
As part of the inquiry we held a web-chat between Assembly Members and students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Skills in Wales. The Committee wanted to hear their views on whether they think enough is being done to encourage young people to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
Health and Social Care Committee - Inquiry into progress made to date on implementing the Welsh Government’s Cancer Delivery Plan
As part of Health and Social Care Committee’s Inquiry into progress made to date on implementing the Welsh Government’s Cancer Delivery Plan the Outreach team conducted regional focus groups to discuss the Cancer Delivery Plan with patients and carers.
The programme of focus groups was followed by an event held in the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay with representatives from organisations such as Macmillan and representatives from each of the regional focus groups.
They received the opportunity to share their views with Members of the Health and Social Care Committee.
It is possible to see a video about the event here.
It is possible to read a guest blog about the event here.
Environment and Sustainability Committee - Inquiry into recycling in Wales
The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into Recycling in Wales.
The purpose of this inquiry is to explore current local authority household waste recycling practice and arrangements across Wales. The inquiry will look at all waste materials, including food and garden waste.
As part of this inquiry, a survey is being promoted to hear the views of the people of Wales on their recycling services.
If you would like to complete this survey please use the appropriate link below:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/recycling-in-wales - Adults (18 and over)
www.surveymonkey.com/s/cyp-recycling-in-wales - Younger people (under 18
To learn about Outreach in your area, take a look at the Assembly blog:
Email the Outreach team using: email@example.com
Please visit our youtube page for videos from participants engaged with the Outreach team. http://www.youtube.com/user/AssemblyCynulliad/videos
The Assembly’s Outreach Bus
The Outreach Bus has been designed for the people of Wales, to engage with the Assembly. Since its launch in 2009 the bus has been present at many events across Wales including annual summer events.
Visit the bus in order to:
learn about the National Assembly for Wales. Do you know who your AMs are?
have your say on what the Assembly are consulting on at the moment.
learn how you can get involved.