As the situation in Afghanistan develops, w4mp is trying to obtain hotline contact details to assist MPs’ offices. The hotlines list has been updated this morning and will be updated each time new information is received.
Please let w4mp know if you have any contact details or other useful information which is not on the list and we will update it as quickly as possible.
Members of the public can look at the travel advice here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/afghanistan
There is a 24 hour public helpline – email@example.com
For people who are currently in Afghanistan, they should call the British Embassy Kabul on +93 (0) 700 102 000 or +44 (0)1908 516666 and select the option “Consular services for British nationals” as soon as possible.
Further information about the British Embassy in Kabul can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-kabul and you can follow its Twitter feed here: https://twitter.com/UKinAfghanistan
The House of Commons Library has produced a research briefing – ‘Resettlement scheme for locally employed civilians in Afghanistan’ which can be found here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9286/
“As British and coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan there are increasing fears for the safety of thousands of former locally employed Afghan civilians who assisted them. This briefing examines the Government’s policies for resettlement of locally employed civilians in the UK.”
Parliamentary Staffers Awards now open!!
Prospect Magazine and MAPSA are delighted to announce that entries to the third annual Parliamentary Staffers Awards are now open, so please get nominating!! We know how difficult the last year has been for staff and offices of every MP and Peer, with unprecedented increases in workloads and stress, alongside the challenges of working remotely. We also know that staffers have risen to the challenge amazingly and now is the time for you to be recognised and rewarded for that.
The awards serve as a way to recognise all the hard work and contributions carried out by staffers on both parliamentary and constituency work, with the winners being announced at a ceremony in parliament in the autumn.
We are delighted to have warm words of support from the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle: “MPs’ staff are the unsung heroes – they routinely stay late, work under pressure, have to deal with all manner of enquiries, and yet still manage to make us look good and ensure the smooth running of our offices. I think the Parliamentary Staffer Awards’ event is a fantastic way of saying ‘thank you’ to this amazing group of people for what they do for us, and the impact they have on the lives of our constituents.”
Entries are now open with the ceremony taking place on Tuesday 9th November 2021 on the Terrace Pavilion, Houses of Parliament.
Full details and entry links can be found here: The Parliamentary Staff Awards 2021: Entries are now open – Prospect Magazine and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This course aims to support the Member’s staff to build confidence and skills to deal with distressed callers. This is also an important part of new starters induction training.
- Module 1: Mental Health Awareness Session
- Module 2: Communication Skills
- Module 3: Suicide/serious self-harm calls
- Module 4: Difficult Calls
- Module 5: An open session for Q&A
Debriefing and support will be given on an individual basis by telephone/virtual calls after the sessions are completed sharing your contact details with the trainer.
Duration: 60 minutes x 5 modules over 5 days. Debriefing and support after the training (optional).
Please click here to see the full details and to book a place on the course or the waiting list: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1877
If you have difficulty in viewing the details or clicking on the booking link, please click on the ‘enrol’ button first.
Over the recess, PDS is still offering digital coaching sessions on a range of topics- including Teams, cyber security and office 365 (for both new starters and longstanding staff).
To book please see here. (Parliamentary network account required)
For 24/7 technical support the Support Desk is available as usual on 020 7219 2001.
House of Commons Library Briefing
The Commons Library has produced a briefing on gift vouchers and insolvency, relating to what happens to consumers’ gift vouchers and other prepayments when a retailer becomes insolvent.
You can read the summary and download the full briefing here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn06540/
The Wellbeing Hub for Members’ staff can now be accessed directly from your desktop using the orange and blue icon which should now have appeared.
The Wellbeing Hub brings together all resources into one place, with information on what support services are available and ideas, tools and templates to support you with your wellbeing. It is designed by Members’ staff who understand the challenges of your roles and have tailored the resources accordingly.
The site was created by the Wellness Working Group, a cross party group of Members’ staff, with the support of the House. Please feel free to get in touch with us on email@example.com to hear more about their work or tell them your thoughts on the Hub.
If you are looking for some support or if you are interested in what more you can do to support your team’s wellbeing at this difficult time, then visit the Wellbeing Hub via the desktop icon to find tools to help you.
This is an event from the Wellness Working Group
Wednesday 14 July 14
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Nick Gazzard from the Hollie Gazzard Trust talking to the group about Hollie’s story and the work of the Trust. He will be joined by Neil Cahalin from Member Security Services at the House to speak about available personal security measures available through Parliament.
About the Hollie Gazzard Trust:
Hollie Gazzard was murdered by her former partner following domestic abuse and stalking at the age of 20. Hollie’s dad, Nick is determined to raise awareness and help educate other of these issues and what this can lead to using Hollie’s tragedy as a way of getting the message across. He will explain in detail what happened to Hollie, how he turned this awful tragedy into something positive with the creation of the Hollie Gazzard Trust as Hollie’s legacy. A key aim of the Trust is prevention and he will speak about Hollie Guard a personal safety app that has now been downloaded over 50,000 times, along with the development of Hollie Guard Extra. He will finish with a Q&A session and will answer any question about what happened to Hollie, how this has affected him as a father and the family, along with the topics of domestic abuse and stalking.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a briefing / Q&A session from the Members’ Services Team.
National Audit Office (NAO) / Education Team
The National Audit Office is the nation’s independent spending watchdog. It reports to, and is funded by, Parliament to value for money reports on subjects ranging from HS2, Defence contracts, local authority finances, Covid-19, to environmental sustainability
. In this session, Adrian Jenner and Sadie Smith from the NAO will give a brief overview on how they can assist Members’ staff with queries on major programmes and Departmental spending, and point them in the direction of resources which can assist with drafting speeches, briefing papers, articles, and constituency correspondence.
We will also hear from the Education and Engagement Outreach Team who do brilliant work organising events, tours and activities to promote the work of Parliament. They will provide an update on their work and give details of activities to help Members’ offices better engage with their constituencies.
If you would like to register a question ahead of the event, please email MST@parliament.uk. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions during the session.
10:00 – 11:00
Tuesday 13 July 2021
To register, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4536
The regional roadshows are getting a revamp and the Members’ Services Team would love to hear your thoughts on what should be included. All MPs’ staff are invited to contribute.
If you are available 15 July 9.30 – 10.15am and would be willing to provide them with some feedback about what should be included in the 7 September North-West roadshow then please contact email@example.com and they will send you a calendar invitation to the Teams meeting.
Further information on roadshows can be found here: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/support-in-your-job/members-staff-roadshows/
This is an event from the Wellness Working Group
Thursday 8 July 2021
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, The Well Gardened Mind, Sue Stuart-Smith will join us to talk about the benefits of nature for wellbeing.
“In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years – working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.”