Influencing parliament

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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.

The course will explain:

  • how Theresa May will seek to implement Brexit with a small majority
  • how smaller parties can influence the agenda
  • how these factors will play out in an increasingly diverse and rebellious 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.


NCVO Conference Suite
Society Building
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL Where are we?

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.' – Attendee from Mind
'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.' – Previous attendee.
'Pitched at just the right level of detail + previous knowledge.'

Who runs it?

Chris Walker is senior external relations officer 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.


Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. We also offer a 30% discount for NCVO members.

Standard rates


£5m or more

NCVO members



Non members



Not quite what you are looking for?

We offer a renowned seven-day course, Certificate in Campaigning.

Or a range of one-day courses on topics such as:

Dates available on arrangement

NCVO can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

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