Tech to Keep People Connected
Connecting Scotland Programme helps people isolated by the Covid-19 pandemic help reconnect through use of digital technology.
08:31 08 July 2020
Connecting Scotland, a national programme set up in response to the coronavirus outbreak, is encouraging isolated individuals to apply to the scheme in order for them to reconnect through the use of digital technology. The programme aims to help vulnerable and digitally excluded individuals address loneliness caused by isolation and provide them with access to the services and support they need.
The programme will provide local authorities across the country more than 9,000 pieces of digital equipment including iPads and Chromebooks with a monthly data allowance. Local organisations working with individuals who meet the criteria can apply to receive equipment from the local authority allocation.
Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Leader of West Lothian Council, said: "The coronavirus outbreak has affected us all but there are some in our community who will have been more adversely impacted and cut off from vital services.
"This is the first step in an important initiative that provides an opportunity for us to help individuals overcome any technological obstacles that might be preventing them from accessing crucial services. I would appeal to interested organisations not to hesitate and submit their applications well in advance of the July 10 deadline."