Online Centres Network News Bulletin
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Thursday 12 March 2020

Hello <<First Name>>

As I’m sure you’re all aware, coronavirus is currently at the top of all news agendas, and it looks clear that the virus will continue to spread. People who are unwell, or have been exposed to those who are, are being encouraged to self-isolate, including not attending doctors surgeries, clinics or hospitals in person.

This is clearly sensible for wider public health, but as people with underlying health conditions (those most at risk from the virus) are also more likely to be socially and digitally excluded, it’s urgent that we do everything we can to make sure people aren’t being left behind.

We’ve developed resources based on Learn My Way courses that can help people find accurate information online and stay in touch with both health services and loved ones, in case of isolation. I really hope they help you in supporting the people who are most at risk.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the situation as it develops, and making sure we do everything we can to help you, our network, and the people you work with to feel safe and informed in the coming weeks. Please get in touch if you have any concerns. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

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Apply for our Make it Click funding opportunity! 

We’re pleased to announce applications for the third round of Make it Click funding are now open. Organisations of all sizes and from all parts of the UK are invited to apply for between £1,250 and £15,000 to deliver the Make it Click programme, delivered by Good Things Foundation in partnership with

The Make it Click programme aims to help 30,000 individuals to gain the confidence and digital skills they need to thrive online - becoming regular, confident, capable and safe users of digital technology, achieving positive outcomes in life and work. Successful organisations will need to deliver a programme of tailored support that engages learners, assesses their skills gaps and provides face-to-face and online support. 

We’re offering five contract sizes: £1,250, £2,500, £5,000, £10,000 or £15,000. If you’re interested in applying, please read the full guidance document. Applications are to be completed on the Online Centres Network website by 5pm on Friday 27 March.
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We’re pleased to be bringing our third Share and Learn event to Leeds on Tuesday 9 June, taking place at Leeds City Library. Come along and listen to a great range of speakers and take part in workshops about bid writing and social media. Members of the network team will also be on hand all day to answer your questions. We really hope you can join us! Places are free, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. All we ask is for you to reserve your place here.

In 2021, the Census will be ‘digital first’ and accessible through an online platform. Good Things Foundation is working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to build a network of Census Online Support Centres where people can get help to complete the census online. 

To express your interest in supporting digitally and socially excluded people to complete the Census online between March and May 2021, submit an expression of interest by Friday 27 March at 5pm. We will then ask successful organisations to complete a fuller application in May, and successful applicants will be informed by the end of June. Although delivery does not begin until March 2021, onboarding for successful applications will begin in August 2020.
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