Thursday 2 April 2020
Hello <<First Name>>
As the coronavirus situation continues to develop in the UK, and with strict measures in place restricting people’s movements, it is more important now than ever to support our centres in the best way we can. We’ve been working on a couple of initiatives that I wanted to share with you that might be helpful to your centres.
- Helping you develop your own digital communications skills (for example, setting up and running webinars, zoom, google classrooms or hangouts, Microsoft Classrooms, Facetime and Skype).
FutureDotNow, a partner of Good Things Foundation has launched an initiative DevicesDotNow to help individuals who don’t have access to the internet and are digitally excluded. The initiative aims to provide thousands of devices to help the most vulnerable individuals across the UK, enabling them to access information and support online during this challenging time.
We’re currently piloting this scheme with 7 centres before we launch this across the wider network. In the meantime, to gauge interest, we’re asking centres to estimate how many devices they’d be able to distribute to digitally excluded and isolated people in their community, and tell us by completing the form. You can also find out more information on our website.
Finally, we have been thinking about the different ways we can support your organisations and we are extremely pleased to let you know that several of our funding partners have come forward with offers of help in the form of employee volunteers. From the feedback we’ve received there are 3 main areas of expertise that our volunteers can offer you:
- Helping you manage your business during this difficult time (for example, HR support-staff, planning and retention, help claiming government subsidy and/or bidding for emergency funds, and continuity and business planning).
- Helping you give remote one to one support to learners/clients (for example, using Facetime, Google Hangouts, Skype). We would only suggest that you access this if you are used to managing volunteers and would be happy putting people in touch with your learners that way.
We are still in the process of working out the finer details, but in the meantime, if this is something that you think would benefit your centre, please express your interest and we will be in touch as soon as we have more information. If you have any queries, please contact our Volunteer Manager directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do keep in touch and keep yourselves healthy and safe.
Helen Milner and the Good Things Foundation team