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 14/04/2020, 9.30am. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak to prioritise everyone’s health and wellbeing. Please check back to this page for updates. Our helpline is open. Our face to face learning and befriending services will now be delivered online or by telephone as per the latest government/NHS guidance.  Please contact your Coordinator […]

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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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Supporting others to be safe online

Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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

Posted on Monday, February 17th, 2020

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

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 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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How to identify online scams

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

You may have heard people joke about emails saying they’ve won the lottery despite having never bought a ticket! Some scams are obviously fake but fraudsters are changing their techniques to try to outsmart us. In a recent poll on our twitter, 83% of people said they were worried about scams. Studies also show that […]

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