Connecting Scotland

The Connecting Scotland Initiative aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic.

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Logo - Connecting ScotlandConnecting Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative being managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Visit https://connecting.scot/ for more information.

The programme has been supported by a range of partners and set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic to provide support to vulnerable people who are at home and are digitally excluded.

Within Dumfries and Galloway this project is being supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway.

The challenge

Digital connectivity is keeping most of us connected to friends and family, informed and entertained, and able to learn, work, shop and access public services during the pandemic.

However, there are many people who do not have:

  • access to kit - an appropriate internet enabled device
  • access to connectivity - the ability to pay for broadband or mobile data
  • the skills and confidence to get online - many people that have been given devices by friends or family may be unable to use them

The response

The first priority is to reach people who are digitally excluded, on a low income and are in the extremely high vulnerability group or the higher risk of severe illness group.

SCVO will work through organisations (including local authorities and the voluntary sector) who are already working with these groups to reach them and provide support. Training will be provided to staff and volunteers working for those organisations to be able to support people to use the internet safely, confidently, and effectively.

How to apply

To apply to the Connecting Scotland programme visit https://apply.connecting.scot where further information and guidance is available.

The deadline for applications in Dumfries and Galloway is Sunday 5 July.