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Thursday 3 October 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

Get Online Week is fast approaching and I’m excited to hear all about the events many of you have planned during the UK’s largest digital inclusion campaign! We have many great events taking place, including Learn My Way demonstrations, bingo sessions, tea & coffee mornings and open days, all across the country. If you’ve registered, remember to add your events to your centre to let us know what you are planning, where and when. 

I’m very pleased to announce we’ve hit 1,000 registered event holders for Get Online Week! Our 1,000th organisation to sign-up was Online Centre, Computers Within Reach in Doncaster. They will receive a tea & biscuits package to share amongst their visitors during Get Online Week. 

Our latest episode of our Good Things Happen podcast is Get Online Week themed. Our host Charlotte Self is joined by Good Things Foundation Digital Inclusion Director, Adam Micklethwaite and Communications and Campaigns Manager, Chris Andersson. They outline the importance of Get Online Week in giving people the confidence to get more out of life online. Listen here.

If you haven’t yet registered as an event holder, there’s still time to receive your free marketing pack too.  Visit to find out more - but register quick as packs are limited. 

Don’t forget to share pictures of your events on social media by using the @getonlineweek twitter handle. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

Register your event
We're taking part in Get Online Week. Are you?

Our Joining Forces event is returning next month, on Wednesday 20 November at the Trinity Community Arts Centre in Bristol. The event is a fantastic opportunity to find out more information about local membership and community services that can help you strengthen your own organisation. 

This year we have a range of partners that are taking part in the event, including Locality, WECIL (The Centre of West England for Inclusive Living), Voscur (Supporting Voluntary Action), Citizens Advice Bristol, Groundwork and North Somerset Training. We’re keen for more local organisations to showcase their services, so if you’re interested in having a free space to talk to people at this event, please contact us at

Register to attend

Digital Evolution Conference: Happier. Healthier. Better Off.   


Our annual conference this year promises to be an exciting and engaging event, held at the BT Centre in London. Our CEO, Helen Milner, will be chairing the event, talking all about how digital can help people to realise a range of positive outcomes. We're looking forward to many organisations coming together from communities across the UK, including network members, delivery partners and a range of others. 

We've got a number of exciting speakers confirmed - Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer from BT Group; Liz Belozerova from Google; Magid Magid, Green MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and former Lord Mayor of Sheffield; Matt Warman, MP Minister for Digital, and Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London.

Book your tickets today
Volunteer Induction webinar image

The second part of our volunteer and recruitment series webinars takes place on Thursday 10th October. If your centre manages volunteers or is thinking about taking on new volunteers, our set of webinars can be a great way to gain handy tips and information on inducting, training and managing volunteers. 


Earlier this week,
Emma Stone, our Director of Design, Research and Communications, was interviewed by Toby Foster on BBC Radio Sheffield. As part of a feature highlighting the importance of getting up to date with online technology, Emma talked about the work Good Things Foundation does and the benefits of getting online. Emma’s interview is featured 39 minutes into the breakfast show. 

Celebrating Older Persons Day                                 


On Tuesday 1st October we celebrated Older Persons Day by promoting getting more out of life online, in the run up to Get Online Week. The benefits of getting online are huge, including social inclusion, and better access to health information and services. We have many resources to help older people getting online including our handy guide to helping older people use the internet

Take a read of the guide
Master Your Metrics': Using Social Media Audience Data

Digital inclusion collective
One Digital are keen to support digital inclusion projects across the UK and wants to better support learners to stay safe online and maintain their privacy. 

To do this they are keen to hear about projects across the country and would love for centres to
complete a short feedback questionnaire to let them know your experiences and opinions. In addition, an online seminar will take place on Wednesday 16 October which they would like individuals from across the country to join to share their experiences and views. 

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