Midlothian Council teams with Scottish Government to promote digital inclusion

Midlothian Council has made a new commitment to boost efforts to help residents and staff take advantage of new technology and the skills to safely get online.

By partnering with the Scottish Government and becoming a signatory to the Digital Participation Charter, Midlothian has promised to continue its efforts to promote digital inclusion and now staff from the council will work with voluntary organisations within and outwith Midlothian and others to spread the knowledge.

The Digital Participation Charter is a national scheme focusing on digital inclusion work and is run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). The charter has five commitments including: ensuring that all staff and volunteers have an opportunity to learn basic online skills, and pass these skills on to others in the local community.

Cllr Owen Thompson, leader, Midlothian Council, said: “We have some excellent projects underway through our libraries and community learning programmes and are already working locally with charities and others in schemes such as Connect Online with Volunteer Midlothian.

“We’ve also just launched a new initiative at Gorebridge library, working with Midlothian Voluntary Action, helping people get basic online skills. This new partnership will help us make connections with companies and other organisations to help deliver new ways of aiding residents to talk to people online, find information, get things done and stay safe on the web.”

Recent research suggests around 15% of Midlothian residents don’t currently go online themselves, with around a quarter of those involved asking friends or family members to go online for them instead.

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