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Thursday 4 February 2021

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On Tuesday 9 February, Safer Internet Day returns and this year’s theme is ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’. 

Lots of organisations will be exploring how they determine how information online is either fact or fiction, to be able to choose from the extensive range of information and opportunities that are online. If you’re interested in taking part to raise awareness and celebrate using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, visit the website to register as a supporter and take part on social media. There are also lots of educational resources on the website to help you support individuals to learn about the information that can be accessed online and online safety. 
Safer Internet Day 2021

We recently launched a new series of volunteering workshops which are taking place throughout February and March. The first of these will explore how you can support volunteers remotely to provide them with the support they need to engage them within their role. In our other workshops, we’ll also take a look at how you can ensure you recruit the right volunteer for your organisation, qualities of a good digital volunteer and what important information to include in a volunteer handbook. 

If your organisation currently supports volunteers or if this is something you are hoping to do this year, make sure you book onto our workshops soon! We are expecting these to reach capacity soon. 

Supporting volunteers remotely, Wednesday 10 February, 10-11.15am
Recruiting the right volunteer for you, Thursday 25 February, 10-11.15am
What makes a good digital volunteer, Wednesday 10 March, 10-11.15am
What a volunteer handbook should include, Thursday 18 March, 10-11.15am

Digital Lifeline applications open soon (subject to funding)

Digital Lifeline is an emergency response project to get devices, data and digital skills support to people with learning disabilities.

If you lead or work with an organisation which supports people in England with learning disabilities, please read the project info and FAQs to see if you would be eligible and interested in becoming a delivery partner.

We’re also hosting two live Zoom calls next week. These will provide more information about the programme and answer any questions, to help you understand if you could support the delivery of Digital Lifeline. 

3pm on Tuesday 9 February 
9am on Wednesday 10 February (not 9pm as previously communicated)

NHS Digital strives to make services that work for everyone. User research is a key part of this. At times, especially with the current restrictions on face to face meetings, their research team struggle to reach a truly reflective sample of the UK population. 

They would very much like the input of you, our community partners, to help represent voices that may not be heard in developing digital products from the NHS (e.g. the NHS website). If you think you can help with this, NHS Digital are looking for partners to help find research participants who can share their views and experiences. All participants will be compensated for their time and expertise. If this is something you would be interested in finding out more about then please contact Nancy Willacy at


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