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Thursday 03 June 2021

Hello <<First Name>>

It’s Volunteers’ Week! Every year from 1-7 June, organisations across the UK celebrate the dedicated work of their volunteers by sharing their stories and saying thank you.

The theme for this year’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘a time to say thanks', so we’re showing our thanks to volunteers from the network by sharing your stories across our website and social media. Read about Ed’s journey to becoming a Digital Champion, or Dilara’s journey from English My Way learner to Skills Enterprise volunteer.

I’d love to see you post on social media yourselves, celebrating your volunteers this week- tag us so we can celebrate them with you and use the #VolunteersWeek hashtag.

This week we also have a brilliant webinar coming up on Developing Essential Digital Skill Delivery for staff and volunteers. If this Volunteers’ Week is motivating you to look into ways to improve your volunteering offer, then this is a great workshop for you. We’ll be looking at how to create continuing professional development opportunities for volunteers and staff, and hearing from some experts.

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

Essential Digital Skills Qualification webinars
So far the sessions in our Essential Digital Skills Qualification (ESDQ) webinar series have been a great success, producing some great discussion and equipping centres to deliver the new Government-funded EDSQs.

We still have some more sessions to come! You don’t have to have attended any of the previous webinars to come along. 

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Monthly Network catch-up calls
Following the success of May’s meet-up between Good Things CEO Helen Milner and members of the Network, we are now going to run monthly meet-ups where you’ll have the chance to chat to Helen, and other centres, to share experiences, ask questions, and share stories.
The next meet-up will be Thursday 24th June at 12-1pm. 

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Funding opportunities

Our funding newsletter full of great external funding opportunities landed in your inbox last week, you can take a look at it here if you missed it. We also have some funding opportunities listed below.

Virgin Media O2 Together Fund
Deadline: Monday 14th June, midnight
Virgin Media O2 has launched a £500,000 fund to supercharge hundreds of local charities across the UK as the nation emerges from the pandemic.
Grants of £1,000 are available for environmental and community belonging projects, inspiring people across the UK to get together and create positive change for the causes they care most about. 

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JP Morgan Devices & Digital Skills funding
Deadline: Friday 4 June, 12 noon
This funding is available to centres based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bournemout and East London.
We have 965 devices and data packages and are looking for centres that would be able to safely distribute devices to beneficiaries of working age on low incomes, who lack internet access and/or a suitable device.

Apply now

Wales Cooperative Centre, Digital Kit Box
Deadline: Friday 25 June, 17:00
We are running a project to supply equipment in the form of a Digital Kit Box to community halls in rural areas of Wales. Successful applicants will use the equipment to register two people on Learn My Way or Learn My Way Cymru.

Apply now


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