Smart Communities

An innovative Digital Inclusion project, supporting people to inprove their digital skills.

Smart Communities is a community-based digital inclusion project which supports local people to improve their digital skills, by providing IT equipment, internet access and flexible digital training and support.

Smart Communities supports digital learning in local venues, providing a friendly, comfortable space for people to come along and get support to improve their digital skills.

Our participants have taken part in a variety of activities, from Digital Drop-ins and Job Clubs, to Tablet workshops and supervised Digital Play for children. Some people have brought along their own device to get advice and support to use it, and others have used Smart Communities’ laptops to get online.

We pride ourselves on providing a bespoke service to individuals, supporting them to learn what is most useful and relevant to them. As well as offering flexible group sessions, such as our Digital Drop-ins, we also provide one-to-one support for those who require or prefer it.

The youngest person the project has worked with is four years old, and the oldest to date is 95, which demonstrates how relevant the digital world is to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The project is funded by Scottish Government (People and Communities Fund) until March 2017.

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“This project is a great idea. We are learning all the time and it’s making life so much easier. Being able to speak to my son over Skype is wonderful. I wish I had learned this years ago!”Margaret, 77

Between April and August 2017 Smart Communities has:

– worked with 251 people in total
– delivered over 100 drop-in sessions to 113 adults
– delivered around 30 hours of supervised digital play for children
– supported CoderDojo Scotland to deliver 13 Coding sessions for 40 young people across two areas
– hosted a “Digi:Know” community event in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group, providing over 30 one-to-one digital training sessions

“The project has helped me become more confident which has helped me make new friends. It has broken my isolation of being in the house all the time and got me out through the week. Being involved in the project has given me more confidence using a computer because before I had never used one because I was scared of them.”

Pop in to one of our Drop-in sessions , meet our friendly staff and volunteers, and find out what you could learn!