AN army of charities and volunteers in Renfrewshire are set to mobilise to help Buddies make the switchover to digital TV.
Renfrewshire Council for Voluntary Services is working with other groups to prepare people for the switch, which starts in Renfrewshire on June 8 next year.
RCVS will help local charities organise events and presentations, giving advice on how to switch over to digital TV and thousands of Buddies are expected to benefit from the support given at these events.
Renfrewshire CVS is a local organisation that provides support to voluntary organisations, charities and community groups.
Janis McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of Renfrewshire CVS, said: “Switching to digital TV will be straightforward for many people, but some others will need help, practical advice or reassurance.
“We look forward to working with our fellow charities to provide that support in Renfrewshire and help prepare the local community for switchover. We will also encourage those who are eligible to apply for the Switchover Help Scheme.”
Local charities can apply for free briefing places, and for funding through a Small Grants Scheme set up to encourage extra events locally.
Materials developed to help run events and explain switchover will also be provided.
Russell Keene, Digital UK’s Regional Manager in Scotland, welcomed the announcement. He said: “The outreach work planned to reach into the community is essential and will help to ensure everyone can enjoy the benefits of digital TV when switchover arrives.”
Digital UK will soon be holding roadshows across the central belt to provide further face-to-face advice for anyone who needs it.
The Switchover Help Scheme, run by the BBC, has also been set up to make it easier for older and disabled people to switch to digital TV.
It is writing to eligible people in the area. People are eligible for the scheme if they are aged 75 years or more, have lived in a care home for six months or more, get certain disability benefits, or are registered blind or partially sighted.