Centre News Update – October 2015

This month has been another busy month for the Hilltop Centre, with lots of activities taking place and the UK’s largest Digital Inclusion event “Get Online Week” playing centre stage at the Centre.

Get Online Week 2015

Our team of volunteers have been very busy helping local residents to discover just how easy the internet can make everyday tasks such as shopping, catching up with friends on Skype, booking appointments with your GP or requesting repeat prescriptions.  Whatever you want to do online our volunteers can help you to take the first steps at the Hilltop Centre or the Ruddle Centre.

We also held the very first “Digital MP Surgery” with local MP for Don Valley Caroline Flint on Friday 18th October.  Over 30 centre users from our Knit & Natter Club, Altogether 4 Autism Group, Upcycling Class, Clients, Volunteers, Staff and Vocational Students from Sir Thomas Wharton Community College took part.

Caroline Flint MP at the First Digital MP Surgery
L-R Caroline Flint MP, Leigh Calladine Hilltop Tutor for Digital Inclusion and centre users waiting to take part in the first “Digital MP Surgery.”

We asked Caroline Flint questions ranging from the use of digital services across government departments to the poor quality of broadband services across our communities.  We even passed on casework to help the residents of the Swallowdale Centre in Edlington, resolve their access issues to the telephone network and the World Wide Web.

The event was a huge success and proved that technology could be used to help even more residents to access services such as MP Surgeries, GP Surgeries and other Local Government services from their own home using Skype or Google Hangouts.  Watch this space for more details of our upcoming projects which will launch this service across our communities.

Our Vocational students found the session with Caroline very exciting and were all inspired by the event. Tom one of our year 11 students now feels he would like to become a future Prime Minister!

Community Volunteer Scheme

We would like to welcome our 12 new volunteers who have joined our fantastic team at the Hilltop Centre in October.  We now have 50+ individuals from across the district, who are giving some of their time to help with our various projects.

Community Volunteers

We still have roles available, so why not give us a call on 01709 863268 and have an informal chat with our Volunteer Support Officer Rob Smedley, who will talk you through the options available.  We have roles ranging from 4 hours onwards so we may have something just for you.

We are also working on a very new partnership which will enable us to help people gain experience in a variety of roles.  They will gain:

  • City & Guilds ICT qualification with UK Online Learn My Way courses
  • BTEC Level 2 or 3 qualification tied to the local jobs market
  • Work experience across a variety of roles to build CV’s
  • The chance of paid employment

Community Allotment – Wellbeing Project

The Community Allotment has now been cleared and is currently being dug over ready for the winter.  We would like to thank members of the local community for being patient with us during this process.

We are currently working to raise funds to provide the facilities and tools that we will need for the spring.  To get involved please contact Rob Smedley on 01709 863268.

Activities, Groups and Classes

Revised Time Monday’s 10:00am to 12:00pm – Craft Corner Club.  Fabrics and materials are provided with FREE tea and coffee.  £2.00 per session.

Revised Time Wednesday’s 1:00pm to 3:00pm – Upcycling, Recycling and Repurposing Club.  Fabrics and materials are provided with FREE tea and coffee.  £2.00 per session.

New Activity We are very pleased to announce that the “PinkLadies” will be running Boxfit24 Classes here at the Hilltop Centre from 26th October.

Classes will be every Monday and Thursday evening, from 6:15pm.

New Boxfit Classes from PinkLadies

Phone: 07462 614583 or Email: admin@pinkladies.coach to find out more about Boxfit24 and to book your place.

Community Health Project & the Martinwells Centre Patient Participation Group

Our Community Health Champions have been helping local residents who are patients at the Edlington GP Practice and the Nayar GP Practice to register their details online with https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/Register this month.

With Patient Access, you can access your local GP services such as booking an appointment or ordering a repeat prescription, at home, work or on the move — wherever you can connect to the internet. What’s more, because Patient Access is a 24 hour online service you can do this in your own time, day or night.

If you would like help to register your details please come along to see our Champions in the Choose and Book Room.  You could also visit the Patient Access website.

September Panel Meeting:  Our September meeting worked to finalise the constitution of our newly formed PPG.  This has now been submitted for approval to the Practice Managers as well as the Doncaster Borough PPG Panel.

Patient Access to Medical Records Focus Groups

As a UK NHS Pathfinder Project we have been working with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) this month to develop the new patient interfaces (screens on apps and the internet) that people from all across the UK will use when accessing their medical records online.

Inspired by ‘Egbot’ (a cartoon patient) – Centre users and the Practice Managers all took part in user testing of the new system.  Jackie Harper, Practice Manager of the Nayar GP Practice also worked with Ian Franklin of the HSCIC to ensure the smooth roll out of this service at the Nayar GP Practice from April 2016.

Flu Jabs:  If you have not yet had, or booked an appointment to have your Flu Jab then please contact your GP Practice to arrange for this to be done as soon as possible.  Edlington Practice 01709 444001 and Nayar Practice 01709 444044.

Missed Appointments:  Please remember to cancel your appointment if you cannot attend, so that another patient can be offered the chance to see the GP, Nurse or Nurse Practitioner.

Become a Member of our Panel:  Pick up a membership form from your practice or the Hilltop Centre today.

Contact Your Panel:  Please feel free to contact Robert Reid (Chair), Pam Chambers (Vice Chair) or Leigh Calladine (Secretary) on 01709 863268 (option 4) to discuss the panel or your experiences at the practices.

Christmas Craft Fayre – Book Your Stall

The Edlington Hilltop Centre Christmas Craft Fayre will take place on Saturday 21st November and promises to be a very festive event, with stalls selling everything possible to help you have a wonderful Christmas.  Why not pop the date in your diary and come along with the family for a fun day out.

Edlington Hilltop Centre Christmas Craft Fayre 2015

To book a stall please email enquiries@hilltopcentre.org.uk to request a booking form or contact Rob Smedley on 01709 863268 for more information.

Make Life Easier with Get Online Week 2015 – #GOLW15

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. Get Online Week is here to help the people of Doncaster to get started.


Get Online Week 2015 – the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign – runs from 12th to 18th October and aims 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.

Edlington Hilltop Centre Digital Champions #GOLW14
L-R The Edlington Hilltop Centre Community Volunteers taking part in the last Get Online Week event in 2014.

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.

We will also be holding a special “Digital MP Surgery” with Caroline Flint our local MP for Don Valley.  Using Skype we will 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 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.

Caroline Wilson of UK Online Centres with Caroline Flint MP
L-R Caroline Wilson of Tinder Foundation and Caroline Flint MP at the launch of the Hilltop Centre’s Work Club & Careers Advice Service in 2014.

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.