Projects & Partnerships

Connect Online

The Connect Online project recruits volunteers who are comfortable using and sharing technology. Volunteers provide support and tuition to older people who need assistance to stay in touch with family and friends, to maintain their independence or even just to feed their curiosity.

Volunteers help out at groups throughout Midlothian and groups have returned to face to face now. Ongoing training is provided to volunteers to keep their skills up-to-date, including the opportunity to be a Digital Champion with the Connecting Scotland scheme. Being a volunteer with Connect Online is fun and challenging. You never know what the next question might be, so participants and volunteers are always learning something new! 

Digital Skills Groups  

Group meetings last up to 1 hour 30 minutes and take place on the following days of the week:    

• Tuesdays at 10.30am – Food Facts Friends, Penicuik
• Tuesdays at 2pm – St Mary’s Church, Dalkeith
• Tuesdays at 3.30pm – Loanhead Library
• Wednesdays at 11am – Loanhead Library
• Wednesdays at 1.30pm – Rosewell Development Trust
• Thursdays at 1pm – The Pantry, MAEDT, Mayfield
• Thursdays at 2pm – Penicuik Library

Please get in touch if you would like to join us for face to face groups. If you need help using Zoom to access other services we can assist with this. We also have a pool of volunteers who can offer one-to-one support around the use of smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as a home visit. If you’d like to stay up to date with some of the latest developments in tech, please visit our virtual bulletin board (also known as a Padlet).

For more info contact Una on 07856 573694 or email