Support coping with rising living costs

Staying connected

Chatting with someone

  • Red Cross Connecting With You: For over 18s if you are lonely call 03003033077 or email
  • Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - 0808 801 0899
    Friendship calls and advice about conditions
  • The Silverline - (age 55 +) 0800 470 8090 (FREE) 
    Friendship calls and advice. 24 hours a day, every day.

Help to get online

  • Connect Online helps people over 50 with technology such as smartphones, tablets and laptop. With the help of volunteers it offers drop-in digital skills sessions and home visit tuition to people who are housebound or who are carers. For anyone without a device it has a digital device lending library which includes mobile wi-fi and sims for phones. 

You can drop into any of the sessions below: 

  • Penicuik, Food Fact Friends, Tuesdays 10.30-12 noon 
  • Dalkeith, St Mary’s Church, Tuesdays 2-3.30pm 
  • Loanhead Library, Wednesdays 11-12.30pm 
  • Rosewell Development Trust, Wednesdays, 1.30-3pm 
  • MAEDT Pantry, Mayfield, Tuesdays 11-12.30pm 
  • Penicuik Library, Thursdays, 2-3.30pm 

For more info contact Una on 07856 573694 or email

Staying connected in other ways