digital

Connecting Borders

Connecting Borders

Supporting vulnerable families to get online

Digitally excluded households across the Scottish Borders can now benefit from a new initiative, Connecting Borders.  Created to help them get online the project builds on the success of Connecting Scotland, a nationwide initiative set up by the Scottish Government

Connecting Borders is funded by South of Scotland Enterprise Agency and Scottish Borders Council in partnership with Live Borders.

The aim is to support vulnerable individuals who face barriers to digital inclusion by providing them with:

  • a digital device: iPad or Chromebook
  • internet connectivity: mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with 12 months unlimited data
  • training and support; to use both device and the internet safely and with confidence

Staff from across the Community Planning Partnership are trained to become digital champions, providing recipients with the support required to navigate the internet confidently and safely. It is hoped that this will increase social inclusion, improve access to services or improve access to skills and employment opportunities for those participating.

Individuals cannot apply for a device directly.  Applications should be made by the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership on their behalf.

For more information email libraries@liveborders1.org.uk