When the Brownies went to Parliament…
The girls weren’t sure about Parliament Week. As they didn’t really know what Parliament or voting was really about, but they liked the ideas of votes for women so we ran with it. We invited our deputy mayor and a female councillor along and they chatted to us about why it was so important to vote, not only just because of how hard women fought to get the vote, but to be able to make a difference to the world we live in. We chose some of the activities from the booklet about the timeline of voting with coloured paper, made Big Ben biscuits and the most fun was had making our own Parliament. The Speaker was particularly tough and dismissed MP’s for being rude to the Prime Minister! The girls found this interesting and really took on their roles.
Unfortunately our MP Andrew Mitchell couldn’t make it on the day, so instead invited us to come and meet him in London at the actual Houses of Parliament!. The Brownies were given a guided tour and got to go into the House of Commons, which we had re-enacted in our meetings and they had seen on the TV. They were surprised at how much smaller it felt in real life, but could really feel how grand and important it would feel to be in there making decisions and laws. Afterwards we did a Q&A session with Andrew Mitchell MP and the girls quizzed him on his job and lots of important topics such as crime, police stations closing, homelessness and pollution. They were then all awarded their Parliament week badges in person.
The whole experience was really eye opening for the girls and made them think about their future and the future of others. I think I thought they maybe wouldn’t grasp or enjoy it, but I was very wrong. We’ve already signed up for this years resources and will definitely be expanding on our knowledge! I would recommend all units to take part, it may well surprise you what the girls might get from it! And who knows, encourage some future politicians and leaders too!