A donation of laptop devices from Scotland’s Census organisers will help those without basic access to the internet in Fife and Perthshire.

Pink Saltire have been selected from more than 550 organisations, to receive 3 devices as part of a nationwide recycling initiative by National Records Scotland, which will now be used in the charity’s work with the LGBT+ community.

Community members already making use of laptops at The Hive

More than 400 Chromebooks and 130 mobile phones have been provided to a wide range of voluntary and charitable organisations across Scotland by NRS as part of the legacy of Scotland’s Census 2022.

NRS donated the Chromebooks and mobile phones, which were used by the census field staff in the last year.

Linda Sinclair, Director of Corporate Services at NRS, said:

“We are pleased to be able to donate this equipment to well deserving voluntary and charitable organisations, particularly at a time of rising costs for everyone. It is important that where we can, we support the reuse of equipment for wider benefit and a more sustainable impact.”

“We received a huge number of applications and I am sure all those organisations receiving the equipment will make good use of it.”

Stuart Duffy, Founder of Pink Saltire welcomed the donation and said:

“This is an excellent example of the impact non-cash support can provide to organisations and charities like ours. We’ll be using two of the laptops as community-use devices at The Hive in Kirkcaldy and we’re sending one laptop up to support our Rainbow Heartlands community programme in Perthshire too. We want community members who don’t have internet access at home, or who don’t have an internet-ready device, to come in and use them completely free of charge. Even if they have limited digital skills, our volunteers and staff are happy to assist with anything from benefit applications to getting a bank account – just pop in and see us!”

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