#DYWSummit Bridging the Digital Divide

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Digital inclusion is a social justice issue, unchecked it has been exacerbating social inequalities. We all need to work together to turn things around. At Youthlink Scotland’s #DYWSummit on the 8th September, I talked about four tactics to bridge the digital divide and create a fairer Scotland: Firstly, the Digital Inclusion Fund The Scottish Government […]

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£250K CLD programme to tackle the digital divide

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2020

A new £250,000 programme has been launched as part of an ongoing effort to digitally connect people who are not yet online, people who are experiencing the most barriers to participation. The Digital Inclusion Fund will be used to facilitate the purchase of laptops, tablets and adaptive assistive technology in order to promote digital inclusion […]

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Everyday Computer Skills: new course with the Open University

Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

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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Post School Learning Options and Support – Webinar

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2020

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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Helpful links during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2020

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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Podcast on Online Safety

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2020

This 21 minute podcast provides a brief overview of the particular barriers people with learning impairments, low literacy and dyslexia can experience when wanting to use the internet safely and with confidence. You’ll learn how to create a strong and unique password and how to support others to do so. You’ll also hear advice about […]

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Free Online Learning options during the Coronavirus

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020

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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Coronavirus Update Lead Scotland Services

Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2020

Last updated 7/10/2020, 4.30pm. Coronavirus carries a high risk of harm. At this point in phase three of the government’s route map we are still delivering remote services to keep people safe. Please check back to this page for updates about future changes.  Our helpline is open as usual. Staff and volunteers are only permitted […]

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#CyberScotWeek2020 Blog Posts

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2020

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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What to do in the event of a cyber attack

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2020

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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