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Thursday 25 July 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

I’m pleased to announce that registration is now open for Get Online Week event holders!

Get Online Week will take place from 14-20 October and we’re inviting you to hold a local event and invite people to get more out of life by getting online. It could be your customers, clients, residents or service users, or just local people who want help doing more online. All you need is a venue, a few laptops or tablets and a friendly welcome.

You’ll also be able to order your free Get Online Week marketing pack, jam-packed with posters, leaflets and other exciting goodies.

If you’ve taken part before you’ll know that Get Online Week is one of my very favourite times of the year and I can’t wait to see the campaign in action in 2019!

Register as a Get Online Week event holder 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 


Centre of the month                                                                       


We’re delighted to announce that our centre of the month for July is Emmaus Lambeth and Surrey. The team there offers a welcoming community home and place to work for their residents. They’ve been helping their residents to improve their digital skills through Learn My Way to help them get back into work.

Ross, a tutor at the centre, recently delivered two workshops at a National Conference to inform people about the benefits of Good Things Foundation and Learn My Way. 

We’ll be sending the team a £50 Amazon voucher to say thank you for their fantastic work. 

Learn more about our centre of the month
Podcast: A world where everyone benefits from digital

In the latest episode of our podcast our host Charlotte Self is joined by Jess Wilson, National Director of Good Things Australia and Emily Redmond, Senior Service Designer at Good Things UK.

The panel discuss digital inclusion in Australia and Kenya, the barriers people are facing there to get online, what is being done to overcome these barriers, similarities to the UK and what the future holds for digital inclusion in Australia and Kenya.

If you have any questions about the podcast or would like us to cover something in the future, get in touch at

Power Up fund: helping you upskill your learners


There's not long left to apply for our Power Up programme which aims to help organisations in Bournemouth, East London, Edinburgh and Glasgow to give people a digital lift. Through the fund, we want to work with you to power up people - giving them both digital skills and confidence, so they’re motivated to learn and keep on learning, applying digital skills in their lives, businesses and at work.

Last week, Grants Manager Sue Hennessey hosted a webinar to share the background to the fund and to give more information. To catch up on the webinar and apply for funding visit the Power Up website

Apply for Power Up funding

A new scam helpline named Scam Action run by
Citizens Advice, aims to give information and advice about online scams. It’s a useful resource to share with your learners to help them know what to do if they think they’ve been scammed online. 

For more information visit the
Citizens Advice website or you can speak to a Scam Action advisor by calling 0300 330 3003. 

Share & Learn event - Tuesday 10 September   


Join us at our Share & Learn event on Tuesday 10 September at the St Thomas Centre in Manchester. It’ll be a great opportunity for you to speak to many like-minded organisations, as well as share your knowledge and expertise with others. 

We’re pleased to announce that there will be Learn My Way and CV Assistant demonstrations taking place throughout the day, as well as talks from individuals on: 

  • How to build successful partnerships with organisations & collaborative working
  • How to engage with people in the community, particularly in a library setting 
  • How you can embed Learn My Way into staff development & recruitment
  • The benefits of implementing a family learning approach into delivery
  • Supporting digital champions, with examples from the Stockport DigiKnow collaboration 
  • Workshops on bid writing and social media 

We hope you can join us so book your place today. There will be a nominal charge of £10.

Book your place

Designed by the BBC, Learning Circles packs have lots of useful materials and resources that will help you to run ESOL sessions with your learners. Videos, storyboards and handouts are just some of the many resources available to you as members of the network. 

We have a limited number of Learning Circles packs available to post to Online Centres. These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

Please complete this form if you would like to order a pack. 

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