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MP holds first digital surgery

Digital_surgery_cropped.jpgDon Valley MP Caroline Flint has supported "Get Online Week" by holding the first ever Digital MP Surgery. Residents who have never taken part in an MP's Surgery held a Q&A session with Caroline via Skype from her constituency office.   

The digital surgery was organised by the Hilltop Centre, Edlington and Sir Thomas Wharton Community College, Edlington.

Said Caroline: “The Don Valley constituency is made up of over 30 towns, villages and hamlets across the borough, most of them in rural and semi-rural areas.  I currently do 7 surgeries on one day, covering over 60 miles on a surgery day.  With this Digital Surgery, many people could reach me without even leaving their home.  I am excited to have taken part in this trial, so we can learn how MPs, and others, such as GPs, can use digital technology to reach out to even more residents.

Said project organiser Rob Reid: “The internet can make life easier in ways both big and small – and it can be much simpler than you think! But there are more than 10 million people in the UK still missing out. So we are delighted that Caroline Flint  supported Get Online Week to help the people of Doncaster to get started.  We were very excited about holding the first digital surgery.

“If you’ve never touched a computer or tablet before, or you just need some pointers to make the most of being online, this Get Online Week is for you.  We will be offering FREE tea and coffee to all visitors throughout the week, so why not come along to pick up a free cuppa and brand new internet skills!  Contact us on 01709 863268 for more information.”

Get Online Week 2015 – the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign – ran from 12th to 18th October and aimed to help thousands of people from all across the UK to see how the internet can make almost anything a little easier, and The Edlington Hilltop Centre’s dedicated team of 40+ volunteers are getting ready to take part.

From staying healthy or finding work, to saving money and having fun, there are lots of ways that being online can make life a little bit easier.  The team at Edlington Hilltop Centre are running sessions to help internet beginners take their first steps online in our fully equipped state of the art computer suites at the Hilltop Centre in Edlington and the Ruddle Centre in Braithwell.

The Digital MP Surgery uses Skype to hold a question and answer session for local residents who have never attended an MP’s Surgery in the past.  We hope to show how easy the internet could make getting in touch with your local MP, especially for those who might otherwise not be able to get to a conventional surgery.

The Don Valley Constituency is made up of over 30+ Towns, Villages and Hamlets across the largest Metropolitan Borough District in the UK with the vast majority of them being in rural and semi-rural area’s.  Digital Surgeries could become a regular initiative enabling Caroline to help more residents from all across this vast constituency.

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