Second-hand tablets and volunteers needed for community engagement project

Staff asked to donate their old University-owned tablets - such as iPads - and students asked to consider volunteering for a community engagement project to teach older people how to get online.



Information Services, EUSA Volunteering and the MOOCs team are collaborating on a new project to develop digital literacy skills for older people in Edinburgh.

Over the summer of 2016, student volunteers will go into the community to get local residents online for the first time. For older people, especially from disadvantaged areas, getting help with email, social networking and e-health is vitally important, especially as government and other providers move to deliver their services digitally.

The project organisers are asking University staff and students to help in one of two ways: either by donating an old University-owned tablet, such as 1st or 2nd generation iPad; or to volunteer to join the small Digital Champion team who will help older adults living in Edinburgh to get online for the first time in their lives. Each elderly participant will receive these donated tablets on loan for the period of the course, to practise skills taught to them by the Digital Champions.

How you can help

Volunteer to become a Digital Champion

Donate an old personal tablet, such as an iPad, by emailing Alan Peddie.

Alan Peddie

Projects Coordinator

Contact details


  • Alan joined us from Estates Operations where he helped to achieve a Silver in the Sustainability Awards. He works on resource efficiency and the training that our department offers for staff and students.