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Thursday 6 September 2018

Hello <<First Name>>

We’re now just over six weeks away from Get Online Week, taking place between Monday 15 - Sunday 22 October. If you haven’t yet registered, head to the campaign website to sign-up, order a marketing pack and add your events. While you’re waiting for materials to arrive in the post, don’t forget there’s a number of social media images and content guides readily available to download.

To help you shout about your events and really promote the benefits of being online, we’ll be launching a new case study every week in the run up to the campaign, including an accompanying video on Twitter. This week’s is about Aisha, a volunteer at Zest Sheffield. After learning to manage a health condition online, Aisha now volunteers, encouraging learners to #Try1Thing. If you use Twitter why not pin it to your profile page to help us create a splash?

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about the Get Online Week webinars that our marketing team are planning. There’ll be two separate sessions looking at how to run a successful event and make the most of the week. This is an excellent opportunity to top up your skills or maybe work out where to get started if it’s your first time getting involved. Keep reading our newsletters in the coming weeks to find out more. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 


Spotlight On: CAS Training


This week we’re bringing your attention to CAS Training, an Online Centre that covers the whole of North Kent, Bexley, Lewisham and Southwark. 


Every month they pick a different Learn My Way course to focus on, making it their Course of the Month. It’s a really simple way to give your tweets and newsletters a clear focus. Why not give it a go?

Visit the CAS Training website

Last chance to book discounted Annual Conference tickets


Digital Evolution 2018: Digital, Social, Global, returns to the BT Centre this year on Wednesday 21 November between 10am and 4:30pm. So far we’ve announced leading tech evangelist Dr Sue Black as our Chair, as well as a complimentary post-conference drinks reception until 6pm. 

We’re currently offering 20% off of tickets to Online Centres who book before Friday 14 September, so don’t hesitate and get your tickets for just £85+VAT.

Buy your tickets today

From Friday 7 to Friday 14 September it's Communities Week - a national week recognising the work of local people and organisations driving positive change and making impacts in their local areas. 

Why not share the great things your centre does for the people in your community by posting on social media with hashtags
#CommunitiesWeek and @Online_Centres? Let's let the whole world know what the Online Centres Network does, this week and every week.

Upcoming Speaker Series Webinars


This month we’ve got two sessions taking place as part of the new Speaker Series - a programme of webinars brought to you by experts in their field of work. These are:

All of our webinars are free for Online Centres to take part in, offering a cost effective way to train your team and keep on top of your own professional development. 
View our full webinar schedule
Basic Digital Skills Survey. Help us to support you more effectively. By completing this short survey on a monthly basis you'll help us: Gain a clearer understanding of how you support learners. Decide what resources to develop that will increase your impact. Complete the survey today.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be updating the NHS Choices: a how to guide on Learn My Way to reflect the recent changes to the NHS Choices website. We'll also be making changes to some of our online resources. Once the updates are completed we’ll let you know in our newsletters and on Twitter.

GSK Impact Award entries now open


The Kings Fund GSK Impact Award is a prestigious accolade given to charities working in a health related field who are doing exemplary work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. 

Winners receive funding, exclusive training as well as national publicity and recognition. The deadline for submitting an entry is 5pm on Thursday 20 September. Last year Sea View Project, an Online Centre on the South East coast, were one of a small number of organisations to win the award. 

Submit an application

We need your feedback on our digital health content - cast your vote

If you have used the Learn My Way course,
'NHS Choices: a How To Guide'?', there are a number of resources that accompany it. Have you?

Used these resources

Heard of these resources but don’t use them

Never heard of these resources

If you've got any feedback on the NHS Choices course or the resources please
get in touch with your Network Specialist.


Join one of our local digital inclusion movements


If your Online Centre is based in Stockport or Leeds we’re inviting you to join one of the following localised digital inclusion movements:

     • 100% Digital Leeds (Leeds City Council and Leeds Libraries).
     • DigiKnow (Stockport Council). 

To get involved or find out more about the projects simply contact your Network Specialist. Some Online Centres who don’t already receive funding from us might be able to apply for a £1,500 grant.

Get in touch
Course of the Week. Using Search Engines. This interactive Learn My Way course will help learners to: Find reliable information online using search engines. Bookmark their favourite websites and access them later. Visit Learn My Way.

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