All MPs’ Staff Q&A Session: Home Office Update

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Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Date: Tuesday 10 January 2023
Location: Online

We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office who will provide an update from her team.


This will be a Q&A session if you would like to submit a question, please email MST@parliament.uk , we will pass them to Katie on the day.

Time permitting, we will open the floor for additional questions.

This session is open only to parliamentary intranet users. Please click here to register:
https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5413

ClientEarth reception for MPs’ staff

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ClientEarth is hosting a networking drinks reception for staff tomorrow – and let’s be honest – you’ve earned it after the past few weeks at Parliament.

The link to register attendance is here, and we will be in the downstairs events room at The Walkers of Whitehall from 5pm to 10pm on Wednesday 2nd November. There will be a welcome glass of English sparkling wine on arrival, and an open bar for most of the evening, so it would be fantastic to see you there. We will hear a few words from ClientEarth’s Director of Communications on UK climate leadership and what we hope to see agreed at the COP27 environmental summit taking place in Egypt through November.

In 2021, the UK hosted COP26 in Glasgow and later this month, will pass the Presidency to Egypt. It is vital that COP26 commitments are met, to secure a world in which people and nature can thrive together.

ClientEarth is an environmental law charity that uses the power of the law to effect the systemic change needed to combat climate change and protect the environment. We use advocacy, advise on draft legislation, capacity-building and litigation to strengthen the protections for both people and planet.

We look forward to seeing you there. ClientEarth colleagues will be wearing lanyards – so feel free to grab one of us and ask us about the environmental work we do!

Of Boys and Men’. Richard Reeves

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MPs and their staff are invited to join the APPG on Issues Affecting Men and Boys when they hear from Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. on the findings from his new book ‘Of Boys and Men

Date: Wednesday 16th November 10.15 am for 10.30-11.30am
Venue: Archbishop’s Room, Millbank House, 3 Millbank, House of Lords, London SW1P 3JU
Chair: Nick Fletcher MP, chair of the APPG.

Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What To Do About It.

Originally from the UK, Richard’s former roles include Director of Strategy to the then Deputy Prime Minister, and Director of the think-tank Demos. In 2017, Politico magazine named Richard one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality.

Men are losing ground in the labour market, falling behind in education, increasingly missing out on family life – a position that’s even worse for Black men.

• The gender gap in college degrees awarded is wider today than it was in the early 1970s – but in the opposite direction.
• The wages of most men are lower today in real terms than they were in 1979 while women’s wages have risen across the board.
• One in five fathers are not living with their children.
• Men account for two out of three ‘deaths of despair’, either from a suicide or an overdose.

Previous attempts to treat this condition, from all political angles, have made the same fatal mistake – of viewing the problems of men as a problem with men.

This book shows how the basic social structures defining masculine maturity and success have been shattered, and how they can — and must — be reinvented.

Supporting Suicidal Callers

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Join us to learn how to deal with a caller who is talking about suicide.

We are very lucky to be joined by Lorraine Khalaf from the NHS who will be able to share her insight on how to deal with suicidal callers and how to support yourself and your colleagues when dealing with this type of caller.

This event will comprise of a presentation from Lorraine followed by a Q&A session.

We would love to hear from you ahead of the event, so if you have any questions you’d like answering, please email MST@parliament.uk and we will pass these to Lorraine to answer on the day

These sessions will take place on

10 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00
26 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00

Please book via ACT on the Parliamentary Intranet – you must have a network account in order to access this training. https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5338

Stress Management, Promoting Wellbeing & Work-Life Balance

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With Ollie Welsby, Trainer, Brightcore Consultancy
Wednesday 5th October 2022, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Online via Teams

Please join this Wellness Working Group session to gain insight from Ollie as to how to manage our own stress as well as looking at managing our wellbeing in the short and long term.

Ollie will help us understand the biology of stress and how we can identify this in ourselves and others. He will also provide us with coping strategies and how to maintain a work life balance.

To book, please email mpsstaff-wwg@parliament.uk

Forthcoming Commons Library Talks

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Details of all forthcoming Commons Library Talks can be found on ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1563
Please note that you must have a parliamentary network account to access ACT.

Topics include:

Help with fire safety remediation work: high rise blocks (England)

Improving the UK’s science capability for managing animal diseases (NAO talk)

The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Energy prices, security and market reform

The creation of the UK Infrastructure Bank (NAO talk)

Rising cost of living

An introduction to occupational and personal pensions in the UK

Mental Health reforms in England

Tackling local breaches of air quality (NAO talk)

Understanding and interpreting survey data

Legal aid and other options (England)

Q&A on devolved and reserved matters

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Commons Library Casework Discussion Forum

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The September forum is taking place on Thursday 22 September, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A on devolved and reserved matters. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library, with David Torrance, the Library’s subject specialist on devolution.

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk

All MP’s Staff Q&A: Home Office/ Immigration

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Upcoming All MP’s Staff Q&A:Home Office/ Immigration

Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Venue: Online via Teams
Booking essential: Click this link to book

Due to high demand, we are hosting a further event with the Home Office.  We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office.  Katie will provide an update from her team and will be more than happy to answer your queries on how the Home Office process Immigration Applications.

This will be a Q&A session if you would like to submit a question, please email MST@parliament.uk , we will pass them to Katie on the day.

Time permitting, we will open the floor for additional questions.

Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others

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Caseworker Discussion Forum hosted by the Commons Library

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The next session is taking place on Thursday 18 August, 9:30-10:30am and will be on the topic of Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library.

The Forum will be complemented by a dedicated Teams chat which will allow you to share ideas and best practice, as well as support being on hand from the Library should specialist knowledge be required.

(Please note, you do not have to be a Caseworker to attend these sessions, they are open to any Members’ staff who handle casework.) 

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk