Harris Voluntary Service ~Room 15 ~ The Old Primary School - West Tarbert ~ Isle of Harris ~ HS3 3DB - Tel: 01859 502171  Scottish Charity Number: SC000788  

HARRIS VOLUNTARY SERVICE

Digital TV Switchover
In the Isle of Harris switchover started on the 7th of July 2010 and was completed by 28th July 2010.   For many people, television is an important way of receiving information from the outside world, and the process  of changing from analogue to digital can be worrying. We believe that it is vital for older and other vulnerable  people to receive the right information and advice from the local organisation that they know and trust.   The Switchover Help Scheme was designed to help eligible older and disabled people who may face greater  barriers in switching to digital TV. If you are aged 75 or older or get disability living allowance you can get both  financial and practical installation help unless you are on Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance of Pension  Credit. Digital Outreach Ltd appointed Harris Voluntary Service as their lead local organisation and we worked with  local charities and voluntary sector organisations to coordinate and deliver a range of activities to assist people in  making the switch to digital. The support available through Harris Voluntary Service included: Free (train the trainer) training for staff and volunteers on switchover Information on the Switchover Help Scheme Speakers for presentations and meetings   Small grants to support new local switchover related activities or initiatives by voluntary community sector  organisations Good practice sharing and advice on local activities or initiatives   Digital UK leaflets and material   The train the trainer workshops were aimed at people who could raise awareness of switchover within their  organisation or community and cascade the information wihtin their teams and took place as follows:   Scalpay Community Centre on Tuesday 4th May 2010 Bays Community Centre on Thursday 6th May 2010   Tarbert Community Centre on Monday 10th May 2010   Leverburgh Village Hall Tuesday 11th May 2010 To find out more please contact: katie.macleod@harrisvs.org.uk  
Mary Scanlon, MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health called in at the Advice Point in Harris in Thursday 29 July. She was delighted that the Voluntary Sector was involved in the arrangements for digital outreach in the communities and that the helpscheme was available to the people who were eligible for it.
Katie MacLeod, Liz Power & Katie MacKinnon manned the Advice Point.
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