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Connecting Scotland - Winter social support package
Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to COVID-19.It is offering a winter social support package to target those living through social isolation and loneliness.
The programme will provide iPads, internet connectivity and support to develop digital skills for people who are socially isolated or lonely and meet the following criteria::
Are older people (aged 60+) and/or have a disability;
Are digitally excluded – do not have an appropriate device and/or are not connected to the internet at home; and
Are on low incomes so cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access.
Getting online will help them access public services, connect with family and friends and contribute towards reducing social isolation and loneliness.
Who can apply?
If you are a public or third sector organisation that works with this group of people in Scotland, you can apply for devices. Teams working within a local council can also apply. Individuals and private sector organisations cannot apply.
Applications will be open until 18 January 2021. However, any applications received before 11:00 on 18 December 2020 will be assessed for delivery in early January. Applications received after this date will be assessed for delivery in late February or March.