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 normally help out at groups throughout Midlothian, but these are currently being run digitally via Zoom because of Covid-19. 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 40 minutes and take place on the following days of the week:  

  • Wednesdays at 10.30am (Grassy Riggs group)  
  • Wednesday at 11am (Loanhead Library group) 
  • Wednesday at 1.30pm (Rosewell Development Trust group)  
  • Thursday at 2pm (Penicuik Library group)  

Please get in touch if you would like to join us online. If you need help using Zoom to access other services we can also assist with this. We now also have a pool of volunteers who can offer one-to-one support around the use of smartphones, tablets and laptops via telephone or video link. 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 0131 660 1216 (leave a message), or email