Everyday Computer Skills: new course with the Open University

We are very pleased to announce that the free course Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility is now live and ready for learners to sign up! The course has been designed with and for disabled learners, through Lead Scotland in partnership with The Open University in Scotland (OUiS), […]

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Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Post School Learning Options and Support – Webinar

We recently took part in the Scottish Transitions Forum’s series of webinars for parents and carers of young people with additional support needs who are leaving or have just left school. Rebecca Scarlett, our Senior Information and Policy Officer, led a webinar that looked at post school learning options and support. Check out a recording […]

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Posted: Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Helpful links during the COVID-19 pandemic

We know this is a very difficult time for everyone right now, however elderly and disabled people and unpaid carers are at particularly high risk of not having their practical and emotional needs met during the coronavirus crisis. We have therefore collated a list of helpful contacts for you below, from national helplines to local […]

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Posted: Friday, April 10th, 2020

Free Online Learning options during the Coronavirus

Due to current NHS and Government guidance on social distancing because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have changed our usual face-to-face learning and befriending services to be exclusively delivered by telephone and online platforms, such as video calling.  As a team, we’ve collected together websites, apps and information about how you can continue to […]

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Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2020

Coronavirus Update Lead Scotland Services

Last updated 18/11/2020, 2.30pm. Coronavirus carries a high risk of harm. We are continuing to deliver remote services as our default to keep people safe. Please check back to this page for updates about future changes.  Our helpline is open as usual. Staff members are remote working by default. If it is absolutely essential to […]

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Posted: Monday, March 16th, 2020

#CyberScotWeek2020 Blog Posts

As part of the Lead to Cyber Resilience Project, we have written 5 blog posts on different aspects of staying safe online and supporting others to be cyber resilient. Check them out below.

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Posted: Monday, February 24th, 2020

What to do in the event of a cyber attack

What is a cyber attack? A cyber attack is an assault by cybercriminals on a computer or network. This can happen to businesses or organisations, like we saw with the 2016 Myspace data breach, where millions of passwords and email addresses were stolen and sold on to criminals. As well as big companies being attacked, […]

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Posted: Monday, February 24th, 2020

Supporting others to be safe online

Do you worry about the cyber security of the person you care for? Would you like to help your disabled relative or friend access trusted digital support? Lead Scotland offers accessible digital learning opportunities and prepares disabled people and carers to use the internet and digital devices safely. But some people will need ongoing support […]

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Posted: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

10 minutes to learn how to spot a fake email or website

As life gets more digital, you might be worrying that criminals are finding more ways to make fake websites and emails look real so they can steal your data or credit card details. You can prepare yourself by taking 10 minutes now to learn about fake emails and websites and how to spot them. Can […]

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Posted: Monday, February 17th, 2020

Have your say at Scottish Government Regional Events, February – March 2020

You may have seen an adult learning survey circulating on social media and blog from our CEO, Emma Whitelock, about why some disabled people who need more support to learn needed a louder voice: click here to see the blog. The next phase in the development of the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland is a series […]

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Posted: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020