Lockdown struck, we reacted…
Once the DDCA had setup a foodbank, our attention turned to supporting those without access to the internet.
We were successful in receiving £8,500 worth of funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise from which we purchased 25 iPads and 4g data allowance. We have been loaning the iPads out to residents and specifically the residents of Aigen Court sheltered housing. Of notable success is that we have helped facilitate a video call between a resident of Aigen court and their long lost relative in America.
A second fund became available called Connecting Scotland, they offered iPads, Chromebooks and Vodaphone MiFi units to those in the vulnerable and sheltering category during lockdown. The DDCA identified eligible candidates through our existing users and were successful in receiving 7 iPads, 3 Chromebooks and 8 MiFi units with free broadband for 12 months. The local residents now enjoying their new connectivity are able to keep the devices forever and we have been supporting them with their use.
Most recently we have reapplied to the Connecting Scotland fund as it was offering the same IT equipment but for children whom are suffering from deprivation or lack of connectivity. We have been successful in receiving a further 10 iPads to distribute to children and we are working with Mortlach Primary school to identify children whom would most benefit from a new iPad in time for Christmas.
That takes the total year to date fundraising equivalent on IT equipment to be 14,500.