A new digital inclusion initiative will launch today in Scotland to give homeless people the computer skills “other take for granted”.
Two of Scotland’s leading homelessness charities Streetwork and Simon Community Scotland will unveil Get Digital after receiving a £250,000 grant from the Scottish government to create ‘digital champions’.
— Get Digital (@GetDigitalScot) March 7, 2019
This will see 250 workers from the two charities receive training to provide support to people experiencing homelessness in learning digital skills and engaging with the digital world.
Digital exclusion and the inability to use computers and tablets or access the internet can make it impossible to even fill out the simple forms need to access vital services. The annual Lloyds Consumer Index found that 910,000 Scots do not have basic digital skills.
The Get Digital tools, training and support will then be shared with other homelessness service providers across Scotland.