Influencing Parliament

Voice4Change England works with MPs, peers, and other parliamentarians to promote the work of the Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector (BME VCS) and to influence policy to better meet the needs of disadvantaged BME communities.

You can read more details about our highlight parliamentary activities

Helping you to influence

With help from Voluntary Arts UK, we have produced this handy guide on how to influence politicians. It covers everything from what is lobbying, to planning your activity and using evidence. 

Download a copy here, or alternatively contact for a paper copy. 

What else do we do?

Our parliamentary activity is not just about one-off events to influence decision makers but about continuous work to create change.  This includes: 

  • Attending at the Race and Community APPG and Civil Society All Party Parliamentary Groups.
  • Coordinating a joint letter to Home Secretary Theresa May MP as part of our Save the Equality Act campaign.
  • Sending copies of Shared Vision to parliamentarians.
  • Tabling Early Day Motion 1666 with Virendra Sharma’s office to support our Big Unfair Society Campaign.
  • Keeping up to date on parliamentary activities relevant to the BME VCS.
  • Attending NCVO’s Localism group meetings to keep update on developments with the Localism Bill.
  • Co establishing the Winning the Race Coalition to influence the Equality Act.
  • Facilitating a group of BME voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) to meet with Nick Hurd MP.
  • Submitting written evidence to Select Committees.  Most recently to the Public Administration Select Committee’s inquiry into Big Society and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into Localism.