As part of the Connecting Scotland project, Western Isles Libraries have been allocated a number of Chromebook laptops.
These are to be gifted to digitally excluded families with children and care leavers up to the age of 26 years.
The project aims to reach as many digitally excluded people as possible across the whole of the Western Isles. The current focus is for families with children, including single parents and expectant mothers, however, individuals who are isolated, disabled, elderly and vulnerable, low income families/individuals who might benefit can also register interest.
The eligibility criteria are:
- digitally excluded – do not have an appropriate device and/or are not connected to the internet at home; AND
- on low incomes so cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access;
and ARE EITHER
- households with children or where a child is normally resident (this includes pregnant women with no child in the household): OR
- care leavers up to the age of twenty-six (in line with eligibility for aftercare support)
Getting online will help individuals access public services, support learning and training, help find or maintain work and provide resilience in the event of further lockdowns.
Library staff can help with the initial set-up of devices, short induction and on-going advice, but your services/staff would need to be responsible for the actual gifting/handing-out of the devices to those put forward.