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Thursday 17 June 2021

Hello <<First Name>>


Just a few months ago, we were commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to deliver Digital Lifeline, an emergency response project to get devices, data and digital skills support to adults with a learning disability in England.

As this week is Learning Disability Week, I’m very happy to say that 150 of our local partners have now given out more than 5,500 devices with free data, and are providing both face-to-face and remote support!

I’m so proud of this project. As we say at Good Things, our vision is a world where everyone benefits from digital and with Digital Lifeline, we’re proving why that really must mean everyone.

And if you needed any more proof, I’d like you to meet Maisie. She’s the recipient of a device as part of Digital Lifeline, thanks to the work of Online Centre Leep1 in Leeds and she’s a great reminder of why we need to keep working to fix the digital divide.

Digital Lifeline - Maisie's story

Best wishes,

Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive - Good Things Foundation


New UK-wide funding to distribute devices

Good Things Foundation is working with Nominet to distribute 1,000 devices and data packages through our Online Centres Network. We welcome applications from members of the network who would be able to safely distribute devices to digitally excluded people in their communities. This project will also involve providing essential digital skills support remotely and/or in line with social restrictions, to help recipients set up and use their device, and to build digital confidence.

The application form will open on Thursday 24 June on the Online Centres Network funding page. The deadline for applications will be Friday 9 July at 12 noon.

Monthly Network catch-up calls
There’s still time to sign up to the nex monthly meet-up, where Good Things CEO Helen Milner and members of the Network have a chance to chat, share experiences, ask questions, and share stories.

The next meet-up will be Thursday 24th June at 12-1pm. 

Sign up

HMRC user research

To help improve the services in our HMRC Advice and Support Service, HMRC are looking for confidential feedback from service users who may be interested in taking part in a 2-week diary study research project. To say thank you for their time, participants will receive £75 in Love2Shop vouchers.

HMRC are looking for people who use the internet in other areas of their life (Facebook, emails, eBay, Amazon) but don't use online HMRC services. 

If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions about the research, please contact either of the following:

Matthew Smith
Phone: 07855137684

Jo Snart

Going Digital or Going Bust

This guide from the Carnegie UK Trust looks at key insights, learnings and questions raised when exploring how organisations managed to continue providing vital services during this pandemic by shifting services online.

Read the guide

Upcoming events from funding support experts

Get Grants is a brilliant organisation that provides practical support in the form of training, information, and advice that fundraisers with all levels of experience can take away and put into practice. They have some brilliant free sessions coming up that are well worth going along to if your organisation is looking for funding.

Virtual Fundraisers Networking Event
Thursday 24th June, 10am – 11am
This session gives fundraisers the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people who face similar challenges.  You will be able to share frustrations and success, get fundraising inspiration, and gain advice from Get Grants fundraising experts.

Register for a place

Meet the Expert – easyfundraising
Monday 28th June, 10am – 11am
At these free conversational sessions, a Get Grants expert will share an easyfundraising update, before encouraging discussions around how to get the most out of this initiative, highlighting what opportunities and challenges fundraisers may be experiencing.

Register for a place

Meet the Funder – Tesco Community Grants
Tuesday 13th July, 1pm – 2pm
Through this event you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the relaunch of the Tesco Community Grants scheme, gaining a unique insight into the decision-making processes of this funder.

Register for a place


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