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Thursday 9 July 2020


Hello <<First Name>>

I know how many of you have been struggling over the last few months so I hope you’re able to take advantage of the various Covid-19 related funding opportunities that have been made available recently - and now we want to support you to apply for this funding

This week, we’re introducing our Critical Friend service - a new one-to-one support offer which can be used alongside our database of funding opportunities, our practical tips guide, and our other bid writing support webinars and fundraising surgeries.

This impartial service is provided by Sally Deith and Kate Drewitt, two bid writing professionals with masses of experience in both writing and assessing funding bids.

This is a free offer, exclusive to members of the Online Centres Network so please do have a look and apply for help if you are submitting a bid.

Best wishes
Helen Milner and the Good Things Foundation team

Find out more about Critical Friend service and apply

DevicesDotNow: building resilient citizens, communities and a foundation for the future

Last week we launched the second impact report on the DevicesDotNow initiative that’s been helping to get internet-connected devices to some of the most in-need people in the UK.

The suffering that we have heard about, directly caused from the combined effect of the Covid-19 lockdown and deep digital exclusion has been significant and shocking.

That’s why we’re proud DevicesDotNow is continuing to meet this urgent need - something that’s only been possible with the help of the Online Centres Network.

Read the DevicesDotNowInterim Impact Report #2
How-to Guide: Supporting people remotely

We’ve heard some great stories from the network about how staff 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, providing employability advice online, and how to launch a remote learning programme.

The next in the series comes from Dawn Stoddern from Cornwall Council. With the help of BT, Dawn found a way to support 280 learners remotely, who were expecting to attend a 4 week face-to-face course. Cornwall Council is one of the organisations who is delivering the BT Skills for Tomorrow programme in partnership with Good Things Foundation.

How charities can help the Covid-19 recovery: Government review

Next week, we'll have the opportunity to meet with Danny Kruger MP to discuss his review into how the charity and community sector can help to shape society.

Danny Kruger has been asked to report to the Prime Minister later this month with ideas for bringing community organisations into helping the recovery and shaping the society that will emerge. In a tweet, Kruger said: "We have seen society in action in this crisis - how can we empower & strengthen communities for the long term?"

We want to make sure your voice is heard, so to help us to form the key points we share with Danny Kruger, we’ve put together a quick survey for you to share your thoughts.
Complete the short survey

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