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Thursday 20 August 2020


Hello <<First Name>>

I’m pleased to announce that we have reopened applications for Future Digital Inclusion funding, for our community partners to deliver the project up until the end of March 2021. 

Grants of between £1,575 and £12,500 are available and all members of the Online Centres Network not currently funded through the programme are eligible to apply. 

The Future Digital Inclusion programme is funded by the Department for Education and sees Good Things Foundation’s community partners provide basic digital skills training to those who need it most.

Applications are now open for two weeks, closing at 12PM on Friday 4 September.

If you’re interested in applying, please read the funding guidance in full, and visit the Funding opportunities page of the Online Centres Network website.

We’ve also recently launched a brand new online space for communication and knowledge sharing with and between you, our community partners. Find out more about the workspace and how to join the group below!

Best wishes
Helen Milner and the Good Things Foundation team

Find out more and apply for funding

Join the new Good Things Foundation Community Partners Slack group!

We have recently piloted a Slack workspace to share useful information and resources with a small group of community partners to allow them to chat to each other. We are now opening this opportunity up to our whole network, so you can receive our latest updates and communicate with each other to share resources and your knowledge around how you support your learners. 
Slack is a messaging platform which is designed to make communication easier within organisations, teams and projects. It has lots of features including direct messaging, private groups and channels you can name. You can also upload and share content, as well as react to posts with emojis and comments. It is a great way to communicate with others, which is why we’ve decided to create a workspace for our community partners.
The platform will be overseen by staff in the Good Things Foundation network team but it is essentially a partner led platform, so you can post and discuss relevant information that might be useful to others. We know lots of you are doing amazing work already of helping and supporting each other, and Slack could be another fantastic way to help you collaborate with others. 

If you would like to join the workspace, please follow the link below. If you haven’t used Slack before you will be asked to download it onto your computer or device. 
Join the group
Learn My Way - Next Generation Webinar

IE hub is an online budgeting tool which helps people to calculate their income and expenditure, helping users to control their finances more easily. Entering information on the free app gives people the choice of securely sharing it with other organisations to help them to access advice and support. 

By pulling information directly from their bank account, it allows individuals to keep an eye on their spending habits, helping to prevent them from experiencing any long term financial difficulties. Although it doesn’t replace a conversation with a debt or money advice professional, it is a great starting point as a budgeting tool. 

City & Guilds online basics assessment is retiring 

For the past few years, we’ve been working with City and Guilds to provide an accredited Online Basics assessment. Unfortunately the software that makes the assessment possible is being withdrawn by its maker at the end of this year.

This means that we will no longer be able to offer the Online Basics assessment after the end of 2020. 

If you’d like more information about the retirement of the City and Guilds Online Basics assessment, please visit the website or speak to a member of our Network Team on 0114 349 1666.
Find out more

GOV.UK has recently launched a new resource to help provide support to deaf Universal Credit claimants. Individuals can now access British sign language interpreters as part of a free video relay service through their tablet, smartphone, computer or laptop, and use the service to make a new claim or manage an existing claim. Visit the website to find out more about the service and watch a trial here
Don’t forget, our Universal Credit course on
Learn My Way will support you to help people make their first claim. 

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