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Thursday 17 September 2020


Hello <<First Name>>

I’m excited to announce that we are launching our new ‘Blueprint for a 100% digitally included UK’. In late 2018 we shared our first Blueprint with our funders and yourselves, our community partners. A lot has happened since then, politically and socially, including of course the pandemic and lockdown measures. But the need for a 100% digitally included nation is more prevalent than ever before. 

Nine million people who struggle to use the internet by themselves on a daily basis are still being left out - and now is the time to work together to fix the digital divide. We’re calling for £130m to be invested across 4 years in a Great Digital Catch Up, which will allow 4.5 million people to be happier, healthier and better off. 

We think internet access should be treated as an essential utility, such as electricity, and the lockdown has demonstrated that we rely on it in many different aspects of our lives. Please do take a read of our new Blueprint to learn about these and other policy solutions we believe will help create a world where everyone benefits from digital. Let us know what you think, and of course, do help us spread the word via your contacts and on social media (we’ve created a toolkit to help you do this).

Best wishes
Helen Milner and the Good Things Foundation team

A Blueprint for a 100% digitally included UK

Help shape our 2020 conference!                         

A few weeks ago we announced that our 2020 conference, Digital Evolution: Now more than ever will take place online this year on Tuesday 24 November. 
We want to ensure that the conference is a fun and informative day, and one way we’d like to shape our network session is to share some of the great work our community partners have been carrying out during lockdown. We’re asking you to send us any photos or video material you may have taken during lockdown so we can show our conference attendees how the network has pulled together to help so many individuals, both with digital inclusion and providing essentials to those who were isolating, such as food and prescriptions. 
If you have something you’d like to share with us, and if you are happy for us to display this at our virtual conference, please send your photos and videos to us at with the subject ‘conference photos and videos’ by 5pm on Friday 2 October

We’ve recently created a Good Things Foundation Community Partners Slack workspace for our community partners, to help you share useful information with each other. Whilst we will continue to share our updates via our newsletters and across our social media channels, Slack offers an additional benefit of the opportunity to chat to one another. 
Slack has lots of
features such as direct messaging, private groups and themed channels you can join. You can also upload and share content, as well as react to posts with emojis and comments. You can access Slack through a browser on a computer or laptop, or through a free app on any mobile device.
We want the group to be a positive place to help you get the most out of it, so we’ve created some
guidance around where to post your discussions/ queries and what types of content we would like to avoid posting in the group. Please take some time to read the guidance to ensure you are clear on what to post. 
If you would like to check out the platform, please follow this
link and then enter when asked for the workspace URL. If you haven’t used Slack before you will be asked to download it onto your computer or device. 


Technical, Social Media and Virtual Volunteers scheme to be relaunched!                             

During lockdown we developed a virtual volunteering scheme to help support our community partners. Working with our funding partners, colleagues from those organisations helped support the network in various ways including advice with choosing the right digital communications tools and providing general business and project planning support. 
Find out more
NEW WEBINAR: Social Media Platforms - Facebook

The 10th annual Tech4Good Awards ceremony is being hosted online this year and you are invited to join the ceremony. Taking place on Thursday 24 September, 6-8pm the ceremony brings together a range of partners and individuals, celebrating hard work and talent across many different areas. Good Things Foundation is sponsoring the Community Impact Awards but there are 8 other categories sponsored by a range of partners, including; BT and Google. 
It’s free to attend, register for your place

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