Midlothian charity in running for national award

Volunteer Midlothian’s Connect Online Project is in the running for a national award.

The charity, which supports socially isolated older people across Midlothian, including those housebound and people with dementia, has been shortlisted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations for a 2015 Scottish Charity Award.

Volunteer Midlothian’s Connect Online Project is a finalist in the Digital Dynamo category for supporting socially isolated older people to improve their digital confidence and skills.

Volunteers help deliver learner led IT instruction to nearly 200 people a year, improving their digital confidence and skills thereby increasing independence and reducing social isolation.

Anne Moodie, Director of Volunteer Midlothian, said: “We are delighted to be nominated for the Digital Dynamo Award. As technology becomes an increasingly important part of our lives we are conscious that not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits it brings. Connect Online works hard to bridge the digital divide in Midlothian. This nomination is a real source of encouragement for our staff and volunteer tutors who enthusiastically enable local people to go online and enjoy the benefits that digital technology can bring to their everyday lives.”