Online Centres Network News Bulletin
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Thursday 7 January 2020

Hello <<First Name>> 

Firstly, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope you’ve had a restful break over the holidays. I appreciate it’s a very difficult time for lots of people at the moment as we start a third national lockdown. It’s not the news we’d hoped for, for the start of this year, but with the vaccine now being rolled out, we hope to see the situation improve in the coming months. I want to share my thanks to everyone continuing to go above and beyond to support individuals during these challenging times. Your work is so important in helping tackle digital exclusion and making sure no one is left behind.

As you may have seen on social media, we are starting 2021 as we mean to go on by working hard to help fix the digital divide, including by encouraging the Government to invest funds into helping the 9 million people who are completely cut off from digital. It’s great to see so many of you using the hashtag #FixTheDigitalDivide, helping us to share this important message with your own posts. 

Don’t forget, if you’re looking to support individuals to learn digital skills remotely, we have an extensive bank of resources available, including how-to guides, top tips, communication checklists and learning guides. These are a great help, especially if you are transitioning to teaching online over the next couple of months. 

Best wishes, 
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive - Good Things Foundation

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As part of our website update, our digital team is currently making changes which will mean that until Monday 1 February, some logged in features of the Online Centres Network website will not be available. To find out more about how this might affect you please visit our website.

Help provide feedback about health care systems

Engage Britain, a charity that aims to tackle challenges in the health and care industry, is working on a project to bring together British communities, charities, practitioners and the public, to develop new ways to enhance health and care for the nation. The charity is pledging to host 100 Community Conversations to gain insight into individuals' experiences of health and care systems to understand how they can be improved. They would like to recruit ‘conversation hosts’ to carry out one or more conversations with colleagues or members of their community. 

Conversation hosts will receive at least £150 for taking part (depending on the number of conversations) and will be supported from staff at the charity. If you would like any more information, or if you are interested in taking part, please contact Graeme Fancourt at by Tuesday 12 January


To make sure young people have sufficient data as their education is temporarily switched to remote learning, schools, trusts and local authorities can request data increases on the
website. This scheme is to benefit families that do not have fixed broadband at home, cannot afford additional data for devices and whose children are facing disruption to their face-to-face learning.

Find out more 


AbilityNet is offering a free advice and support service for older people during COVID-19. The charity helps disabled and older adults to  learn how to use internet-enabled devices to help them connect with others and access essential online services. Volunteers help provide tech advice and specialist support to those living with vision, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments. You can contact them via their free helpline at 08000487642 or for general enquiries email them at


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