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Thursday 5 September 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

As part of our mission to help get more people online, our conference Digital Evolution: Healthier. Happier. Better Off. will take place on Thursday 28 November at the BT Centre in London. I’ll be chairing the day and talking all about how digital can help people to realise a range of positive outcomes. The conference will bring together organisations from communities across the UK, including network members, delivery partners and a range of others. 

I’d like as many of you as possible to be able to attend the conference and make the most out of the day. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to offer up to 25 bursaries to cover the cost of the ticket and travel expenses.

Applications close Friday 6 September at 5:30pm.

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

For more information and to apply

Get Online Week star: Shahida                                                   


This week’s Get Online Week star is Shahida who, after 10 years as a stay-at-home mum, is now a part-time digital skills tutor at Online Centre in Bradford and an administrator at a local nursing home.

As Shahida had been out of work for 10 years, the process of finding a job had changed greatly. She says: “Uploading my CV, Universal Jobmatch, applying for jobs online - I had to learn all this through Learn My Way because I hadn’t used this before.”

To read Shahida’s full story visit the Get Online Week website.

Video of Get Online Week star Shahida.

When we receive funding from our corporate partners they often ask us to provide them with opportunities for their employees to volunteer at Online Centres.  
We want to make sure that any volunteering that we develop is of real use to you, and not just a box-ticking exercise. We’d also like to provide the individual volunteer with a meaningful opportunity to help in their community.

Thank you to all of you who have already completed the survey. If you haven't done so, it should only take a few minutes to answer and we'd really appreciate it. The survey will remain open until Friday 13 September.

Have your say.

Last chance to book: Share and Learn Manchester                  


If you haven’t already signed up for our Share and Learn event there are still places left. On Tuesday 10 August, we’ll be at the St Thomas Centre in Manchester along with many of you - networking and sharing your experiences of working with learners.

We’ll be joined by a range of experts from across the country talking about topics such as building partnerships, family learning, working with Digital Champions and using social media to promote your organisation.

Book your place today

Festival of Learning recognises the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives and highlights how learning benefits individuals, communities and society.

During Have a Go month, hundreds of organisations hold learning events and activities to inspire people to learn something new, perhaps returning to education for the first time since leaving school.

There are lots of ways to get involved, visit the
Festival of Learning website to find out more.

Webinar: Volunteer recruitment and marketing webinar          


Register for our brand new four-part webinar series - Volunteer recruitment and marketing. We’ll cover everything you need to know about managing volunteers, from their first encounters at your organisation to providing relevant training and support.

Part one will take place on Thursday 26 September.

Register today
Learn My Way course of the week: Creating presentations

Drawing on recent examples of successful crowdfunding campaigns[i], this webinar will outline and explore the key elements and success factors in preparing and running a crowdfunding initiative for your Centre. Themes will include the role of community and ambassadors, content and communication channels, roles and resources, planning and measurement. Participants will be able to use these takeaways to design their own crowdfunding plan following this webinar.

Register today

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