Influencing parliament

The election result means the government is now facing a major challenge to legislate for Brexit and push forward what remains of their domestic agenda. A minority government means that policy will be open to challenge so it will be important for charities to understand the full range of ways to influence through parliament. This course aims to help charities navigate the political environment or refresh their knowledge of parliamentary processes and procedures – essential if your organisation is looking to make an impact in Westminster.

Date 8 March 2019
Time 09.30–16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

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Many charities will need to understand the various factors shaping this parliament to adapt their lobbying and campaigning tactics. This course draws on NCVO's experience of working with parliament and influencing government.

The course will explain:

  • what the volatile political situation means for charities seeking to have influence in parliament
  • what the current make-up of parliament means for charities’ ability to influence
  • what are likely to be the most effective parliamentary routes in this parliament


By the end of the day you will have:

  • understood how to get your issue on the agenda in Westminster
  • understood the range of parliamentary processes and procedures that will help your campaign get traction
  • discussed the requirements of charity law and the lobbying act
  • discussed how best to build lasting relationships with parliamentarians
  • planned out real life campaign scenarios.


NCVO Conference Suite
Society Building
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL Where are we?

Who should attend?

Those in the voluntary sector looking to influence Westminster. You may be new to the topic, looking to develop your knowledge, or simply require a refresher on parliamentary procedure.


Previous participants have said:

It’s like Hogwarts for lobbyists. I feel so much better equipped to understand the ins and outs of parliament and government.

– Attendee from Mind

The session has proved to be very useful to my work. I found it very informative and enjoyable. Having the session run by NCVO provides a good insight into a range of charity-related issues.

A good overview of all the key elements of how parliament and its various elements work, including the legal aspect.

Pitched at just the right level of detail + previous knowledge.

Who runs it?

Chris Walker is senior external relations officer at NCVO. He worked in parliament in a number of roles for six years, and has an in-depth knowledge of how to use different parliamentary processes to influence Westminster. Before joining NCVO, he worked in public affairs and policy roles for the Federation of Small Businesses, working on a number of major policy wins. See Chris’s NCVO blogs.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. We also offer a 30% discount for NCVO members.

Not quite what you are looking for?

We offer a renowned seven-day course, Certificate in Campaigning

Or a range of one-day courses on topics such as:

Contact us

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7520 2587.

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

We offer bespoke and in-house training on a range of topics, including consortium building, governance and leadership, sustainable funding and strategy development.

For more information please complete our online contact form.

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