Digital Surgeries in the UK - making MPs library advocates

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 13:15

Tinder Foundation is the UK based non-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology. Their advocacy project funded by PL2020 ‘’This is for Everyone’’ is engaging MPs to visit libraries during the Get Online Week and onwards, raising libraries’ profile and role in supporting digital inclusion in the UK. 

During this project, lasting from June 2015 to May 2016, Tinder Foundation aims to organize:

  • 100 Digital Surgeries to be held during Get Online Week in October 2015
  • 100 Digital Surgeries to be held between Get Online Week and 31 May 2016
  • 400 libraries to be involved in hosting 1,500 taster events for at least 30,000 beneficiaries during Get Online Week to introduce socially excluded individuals to the benefits of the internet.

Over 450 libraries already took part in Get Online Week 2015, running sessions from family history to healthy eating, and a number hosting MPs. Digital Surgeries and events showed MPs the great impact libraries are having on supporting their communities to gain digital skills, and gave them a great way to connect with constituents in places they felt comfortable. You can read about one digital surgery here: http://www.tinderfoundation.org/our-thinking/blog/my-get-online-week-visit-digital-surgery-barrow-library.

Besides more MP events and surgeries, Tinder Foundation will host a roundtable event to talk about the impact libraries can have on improving people’s digital skills.