The Scottish Parliament wants to encourage and
support a broader range of people across Scotland to engage on issues that
matter to them.
The Parliament’s Community Outreach Team (COT)
works with colleagues across the Parliament to enhance opportunities for public
engagement in the work of the committees. Our aim is to support you to get
involved and bring lived experience to decisions made in your
Parliament. We support the Parliament’s committees to engage with
individuals and communities and to ensure that the voices of people who
wouldn’t normally engage with the Parliament are heard. We help to link the
people of Scotland with their Parliament in a way that suits them.
To do this we work closely with key partners in
communities across Scotland, such as Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs), and
individual third sector organisations such as voluntary groups, charities
and community organisations.
Depending on the committee business we’re
supporting, we also work closely with thematic groups and communities of
interest - e.g., children and young people, senior citizens, minority ethnic
groups, LGBTI charities, disability rights organisations, etc.
We work with external groups in ways that are
appropriate, respectful and safe. This ensures that our external partners feel
valued, listened to and empowered.
COT consists of four members of staff who,
together, bring a wealth of experience to the Team. Between us, the Team covers
all thirty-two local authority areas in Scotland.
We’ve divided the thirty-two local authority
areas between us as detailed below. So, wherever you’re based, contact the
appropriate Team member and we’ll do our best to help.
- Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Renfrewshire,
Scottish Borders, and West Dunbartonshire.
- Ewan -
Argyll & Bute, Dundee City, East Renfrewshire, Fife, Inverclyde, North
Lanarkshire, Orkney, South Lanarkshire,
- Kate -
East Ayrshire, Edinburgh City, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, Perth and
Kinross, South Ayrshire, Western Isles, West Lothian
- Leoncha – Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian,
Falkirk, Glasgow City, Shetland, Stirling
You can follow us on Twitter ( @OutreachSP ).
Here you’ll find the latest news and updates about parliamentary business,
including Calls for Views, and the work we’re doing to help people across
Scotland get their voices heard in parliamentary business.
We also issue a monthly email newsletter. If you would like to receive this direct to you inbox, please contact one of the team.
Our issues so far can be read at the links below:
To find out more about the work of COT and how
we can help you get your voice heard at Holyrood, get in touch.
Community Outreach Team
The Scottish Parliament
0131 348 5401