Influencing Parliament

  • 1 day
  • Campaigning and lobbying
With the election providing a clear result and a stable government majority, 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.. 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.


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.

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.

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 public affairs manager 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.


The training will run from 09.30 until 16.30.

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

All of our training courses can be delivered at your premises at a time and date that suits you. We can work with you to tailor our courses to match your needs. Often if you have four or more learners, in house training may be more cost effective. 
For more information please complete our online contact form.

Contact us 

Email or phone (020 7520 2587) the training team with any questions or queries you may have on our training courses.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. NCVO members also receive a 30% discount off training prices. Organisations with a gross annual income of less than £30k can join NCVO for free and will then qualify for the discount.

Below £5 million £5 million or above
NCVO member £204.00 £362.00
Non-NCVO member £291.00 £517.00