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Connect Fife

Who are we?

Connect Fife is a project led by YMCA Glenrothes working to end digital poverty for the people of Fife.

Below you can find out more information about the project.

What we have done?

Connect Fife commenced in July 2022 to reduce repeat homelessness through digital inclusion. Within our first year, we ended digital poverty in our homeless accommodation, by providing both the tools (a device and internet access) and support to improve digital skills, to 58 residents per night.

In January 2023 we launched our homeless prevention initiative, by placing Connect Fife in the community, we could support people before digital became a factor in their homelessness. Whether it was knowledge of more affordable broadband packages, support to use an existing device, or access to a free SIM card.

Since July 2022, Connect Fife has:

  • Supported over 300 people to get connected with a device, SIM card or digital skills support across Fife
  • Provided 78 devices to people experiencing homelessness
  • Given away 250 free SIM cards
  • Installed internet broadband into 11 Community Houses
  • Provided the tools so 3 people gained employment
  • Increased engagement between people and support services
  • Over 500 hours of 1-2-1 digital support

What we will do?

Connect Fife is dedicated to supporting individuals and organisations with digital skills.

In 2023-2024, Connect Fife will:

  • Provide free SIM cards to anyone in Fife without the means to afford their own connection
  • Increase our community digital sessions in Glenrothes and Levenmouth
  • Introduce Financial Inclusion as a core element of the support we provide
  • Increase the number of services we work with to reach more people who need digital support
  • Widely advertise the availability of social tariffs

Our 5 guiding principles

Access – Ensuring that individuals have a device and a reliable, affordable way to access the internet


Support – Every person can access a professional, trained digital champion whom can offer advice and support


Engagement – We provide opportunities for individuals to explore their hobbies and interests digitally, and provide relevance to those who are disinterested in the online world


Accessibility – That a device is suitable for any individual, and it is easy to interact with


Safety and Security – We promote good digital practices that minimises the risk of accessing the online world

Connect Fife's 5 guiding principles

Our Funders

We would like to say thankyou to the funders who made this project possible.

  • Fife Council
  • Good Things Foundation (The National Databank)
  • Vodafone (Charities.Connected)
  • Corra Foundation
  • National Records Scotland

Our Partners

Connect Fife currently works with:


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