Digital Connections – Supporting Digital Inclusion

Digital Connections – Supporting Digital Inclusion

   

Inspiralba in partnership with the Hub in support of South Kintyre Community Resilience Group are collecting donations of unused digital tools (laptops, tablets and smart phones) and are inspired by the generosity of our Kintyre Community (we collected over 30 in the first week of the project).  This also reduces landfill and supports circular economy with environmental as well as social benefits.  There is a Podcast with Argyll and Bute Council Cheif Executive, Pippa Milne, with Ailsa Clark from Inspiralba and Martin Turnbul from Education here

     

We are hugely grateful to our digital volunteer who has volunteered time to ensure each laptop is data reset to ensure digital security for those who have made donations.  Laptops are redistributed to families and households to address digital exclusion.

Tablets and smartphones will also be available for households who don’t have access to digital tools to stay connected.  Cat McAuley of Scottish Government highlighted the issue of digital exclusion via Twitter last week really succinctly:

‘ Lockdown. No Netflix. No news sites. No health info. No zoom with friends. No social media. No gaming. No YouTube. No podcasts. No ebooks. No Spotify. No online learning. For the 800000 digitally excluded Scots that’s life right now.  Doesn’t bear thinking about does it…’

We will ensure that the gadgets are security cleaned of all data before redistribution and have technical support to assist with this.  We ensure safe collection by one of our volunteers and can collect a package from your door containing any smartphones, laptops or tablets you no longer need.

Please get in touch, with your Name, contact details and we can arrange to safely collect from you.

We have already created some tools and resources to assist people to learn how to use digital tools which are available here:

WHATSAPP VIDEO CALLS  / FACEBOOK VIDEO CALLS  /  ZOOM.

This project has been supported by Fyne Homes and Scottish Government Investing in Communities Team who have enabled us to adjust project activity to meet current needs in terms of Covid19.  We also received funding support from Scottish Government, Wellbeing Fund, which enabled us to purchase reuse laptops from Reusing IT and cover costs for distribution across Argyll and Bute.

 

 

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