House of Lords Outreach Programme

Baroness Grey-Thompson

As an athlete I thought it was important to visit schools, to talk to young people about the opportunities that Sport can bring.   When I joined the House of Lords and found out that there was an outreach programme I signed up as soon as I could.  I believe that it is important to give young people options and ideas on what they can do when they leave school and visiting a school is an important part of that.

I am used to speaking in front of large crowds, but mostly about my competitive career; is was a good test of my knowledge and relatively new material.  I practised my powerpoint presentation several times for my husband , but that is nothing compared to sitting in front of quite a tough, but interested crowd of A level students.  I started by asking them what their impression of the House of Lords was.  They were quite quiet, but I used their views to challenge their ideas and involve them in a debate about it.  They were great. 

I have found the House of Lords a fascinating and dynamic place.  It changes every day, depending on who is in and the topic of the debate.  I hope that we all learned something from the experience

I am hoping to visit more Schools, and hone my presentation skills….   and if you are a school and would like a Peer to visit then all you have to do is sign up through the Lord Speakers Office.

5 comments for “House of Lords Outreach Programme

  1. Carl.H
    02/12/2010 at 6:02 pm

    I hope my Lady was not only promoting Politics but also physical education.The Governments latest scheme to measure happiness in the UK but also give less money to PE and sport seems at odds with other. I`m sure the noble Baroness would agree that regular physical exercise promotes happiness and is also noted as being a good anti-depressant. Of course it`s obvious if one is fit and healthy your outlook on life will be better. Too many of our children now are not pushed and indeed our Armed Services have found that over the last decades they have had to lower the fitness level of not only entry but what is expected to pass as a fully fledged serviceman.

    Does the noble Baroness think schools too soft on physical education now ? Are they competitive enough ? If not the children could go on later to become lazy and perhaps depressed as a result. Hard work is often beneficial in many ways.

  2. ladytizzy
    03/12/2010 at 7:59 pm

    Do you have a view on what happened to the bid from England to host the 2018 World Cup?

  3. Gareth Howell
    04/12/2010 at 9:26 am

    Armed Services have found that over the last decades they have had to lower the fitness level And the unarmed ones, the police, I saw a policewoman on duty the other day of about 7st and 5’3″.

    Are there any Dwarfs in the police service now, other than all those beat coppers, who are severely challenged for intelligence any way?!

  4. Lord Haskel
    Lord Haskel
    06/12/2010 at 11:02 am

    Glad you are participating in the outreach team. I agree that it is important work, especially as Lords reform and systems of voting are coming to the top of the political agenda. Our outreach work will be a small contribution in helping the public make an informed decision.

    Things are changing. After a dicussion on Lords reform I always ask the students for their opinions and give them the four alternatives. Abolish, stay as we are, elect or independently appoint. In past years it has usually been elect or independently appoint. To my surprise, last week at Colchester it was stay as we are. Is this an indication that things are changing?

    • ladytizzy
      06/12/2010 at 4:50 pm

      I generally like to be positive and it would be fab to say that the turn of opinion is down to people preferring what they hear from Lord Norton than you. Sadly, it’s more likely to have resulted from the lying and cheating behaviour of your Commons cousins.

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