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Online Centres Network News
Thursday 25 June 2020

 

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Helen has an update on the impact of the DevicesDotNow initiative, and news about our Crowdfunder page and how to sign-up to receive our text message updates.
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

- Find out about the DevicesDotNow initiative
here 

- Take a read of the first DevicesDotNow
impact report to find out how many individuals we've supported

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Leave Nobody in the Dark - providing digital and financial support 

 
Leave Nobody in the Dark is a campaign launched by a coalition of partners - Good Things Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, APLE Collective, Clean Slate and Mastercard - aiming to offer immediate support to digitally and financially excluded people in the UK, with a focus on those in poverty hit hardest by the impact of Covid-19.
 
The need to bring together digital inclusion and practical help with money has increased dramatically during the Covid-19 crisis, with an estimated 6 million people falling behind on a household bill due to Coronavirus.
 
The ‘Leave Nobody in the Dark’ campaign highlights these issues and more importantly addresses them with practical help: personal 1-2-1 support, digital devices and bespoke online resources. 
 
We’ve created a new self-help portal for those who have limited digital skills to boost their online confidence and engage with free, trusted online support around money, security, benefits and debt. The campaign will deliver devices, data and digital skills support to people in poverty through DevicesDotNow. 
 
We will also provide practical money help and support to improve digital confidence, delivered remotely by Clean Slate and other community partners.
Find out more about Leave Nobody in the Dark
We’ve heard some great stories from the network about how staff at community centres and libraries have been finding ways to facilitate support online. We’ve recently shared ‘how to’ guides around setting up a virtual coffee morning, running a virtual cooking club, and providing employability advice online. 

And we’re continuing our series of guides. The
fourth in the series comes from Starting Point in Stockport. Nicola Wallace Dean and Ryan McMurdo found a way to respond to their communities needs by developing a remote learning programme, ‘lockdown learning’.  
 

Digital Evolution conference 2020: We'd like to hear from you

 
We’re currently in the planning stages of our annual Digital Evolution conference which will be held this November. We know that the world is a very different place since our last conference and that support for your service is needed now more than ever. We can't be sure what our new normal will look like in November but we'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas about how to ensure this year's conference suits your needs.

If you'd like to talk to us more about any of your ideas or feedback please get in touch by emailing us at press@goodthingsfoundation.org.
Share your thoughts
DIGITAL BOOST - NEW RESOURCE FOR CENTRES

Digital Boost is a new free resource for businesses and small charities which aims to help individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. Expert volunteers are trained to provide support and practical advice in a variety of areas. You can also join one of the interactive masterclasses on topics such as SEO, Facebook Ads, Payment systems and more! The platform also gives you the opportunity to strengthen and grow your skills by providing you with a comprehensive library of learning content.
Find out more about how you can request for help. 
 

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