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For many of us, the internet is already part of our day-to-day lives. This can bring big advantages: it is easier and cheaper than ever before to connect with other people, to find out about the things that interest us, and to get things done online.

The majority of people in Scotland are already enjoying these benefits, but a significant minority are at risk of being left behind. In particular older people, disabled people, and people living in poverty are much more likely to be digitally excluded.

Digital participation is about empowering people and communities to pursue the things that matter most to them.

The third sector will play a critical role in ensuring that everyone is included in the new digital age. SCVO is stepping up its activity on digital participation, working across the public, private and third sectors to promote a Digital Scotland for all.Initiatives intended to raise digital participation must go with the grain of peoples’ lives, and work through the people and organisations that are already trusted sources of support and advice.


Leadership group

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A cross-sector Leadership Group has been established to steer the digital participation agenda. Representatives for the public, private and third sectors on this group are:

  • Alison McLaughlin, Sopra Group
  • Colin Cook, Scottish Government
  • Eliot Stark, V-DEL
  • Elma Murray, North Ayrshire Council
  • Louise Macdonald, Young Scot
  • Tommy Laughlin, Scotland IS

The Leadership Group is chaired by Brendan Dick, SCVO Honorary President.


Digital Participation Charter

A number of organisations have signed the Digital Participation Charter, making a commitment to use their collective skills and resources to help increase digital participation in Scotland. We will be working closely with these organisations to extend the benefits of the internet to as many people as possible.


Kate Wane

The vast potential of digital public services

More public services are going digital. It’s time to ask “what would you like to do online?” Let’s be ambitious!

16th Sep, 2014

Louise Macdonald

Young Scot “exhilarated” by digital participation challenges

Young Scot is not alone in facing digital participation challenges. Here’s what we’re doing to overcome them.

16th Sep, 2014

Chris Yiu

Digital participation: what’s next

It's been a busy summer for Team Digital. Here's what's coming up and who's doing what.

3rd Sep, 2014

Sally Dyson

Wanted – your stories to inspire others to get online

Sally Dyson encourages you to get involved in the Let's Get On campaign by sharing your stories to inspire others to get online.

3rd Sep, 2014

Rebecca Stafford

The Internet of Things or “Is Your Marmite Watching You?”

How would you feel if your Marmite started talking to you?

1st Sep, 2014

Sally Dyson

DigiScotFest is coming north

Following on from getting a whole group of folk together in the central belt to talk about all things digital we’re really pleased to be able to bring together colleagues in the North of Scotland. In partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Society of Edinburgh we are developing a free conference which […]

22nd Aug, 2014

Beverley Maclean

Let’s get digital

SCVO’s Let’s Get Digital project is set to help organisations across Scotland grow and increase their digital skills

20th Aug, 2014

Tommy Laughlin

Digital participation challenges shared & tackled: part 2

SCVO’s Digital Participation team asked its Leadership Group members what are the key digital participation challenges their organisations are facing. This month’s instalment is from Tommy Laughlin from ScotlandIS

19th Aug, 2014

Sally Dyson

Good news: more people are getting online

The latest Scottish Household Survey (SHS) results were published last week and its section on digital participation and the use of the internet (page 76) is well worth a look. It covers four key areas: Take up of internet and broadband with a focus on how this varies by income and area Personal use of […]

18th Aug, 2014

Helen Milner

Get on board with Get Online Week

A whole week in October will be dedicated to helping everyone get to grips with the online world

18th Aug, 2014

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Chris Yiu | Director of Digital Participation | 0131 524 7283 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Sally Dyson | Programme Manager | 0131 474 8006 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Lynne Swan | Development Officer | 0141 559 5073 |Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Gavin Bell | Milo Programme Manager | 0141 559 5004 |Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Kevin Bradley | Milo Support Technician | 0141 559 5064 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Rebecca Stafford | Team Support Officer | 0131 474 8028 | Email Icon

Beverley Maclean | Let's Get Digital Coordinator Highlands & Islands |

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