On Friday 7th August, Tom Brake MP helped launch Age UK Sutton’s ‘Digital Tea Party’ at the Sutton Council Civic Offices.
Attending for the second year running, Tom officially opened the event with a talk about his own use of social media as a means of contact with constituents and as a way of mobilising support for a number of local campaigns. Tom has built up a reputation as one of Parliament’s most active users of social media and digital technology, including his hosting of innovative Facebook surgeries that allow constituents to question him over social media.
Talking at the event, Tom Brake said:
“This event is a great chance for the older generation to get even more up to date with the latest technology. Social media is a brilliant resource for people of all ages and the Digital Tea Party gives a great introduction to modern technology and gives people the confidence they need to make full use of it.”
The Tea Party is an annual event held by Age UK which runs a set of programmes with the aim of teaching new digital skills to less tech-savvy individuals.
The event demonstrated to the older generation the value of being online and the power of making connections, through social media outlets such as Skype and Facebook, as well as providing technical advice and support. A lack of confidence with operating devices often prevents older people from making use of digital resources and therefore it is hoped that events such as the Digital Tea Party will provide a confidence boost for those attending.