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Thursday 30 May 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

We’re always trying to understand more about the variety of Online Centres in the Network, and what we can do to help them thrive. To complement the knowledge you share in the daily conversations we have with the Network, we’d like you to complete this new Online Centres Network Insight Survey. 

The survey will help us understand how to better support the Network, what resources and tools you need, and improve the way we communicate. It’ll take 10 minutes to complete, and respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50, £100 or £150 Amazon voucher for their Online Centre. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

Complete our short survey

Volunteers Week - 1-7 June                                                         


We think there are very few members of the Online Centres Network that haven’t benefitted from the amazing volunteer support, so why not use this year’s Volunteers’ Week to celebrate and say thank you?

Running from 1-7 June, Volunteer’s Week is a nationwide celebration of the power of volunteering - a chance to say thanks for the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the country.

We’d love to see pictures of your volunteers on Twitter, and hear about the difference they make to your centre. Share their story using the official hashtag #VolunteersWeek and if you tag in @Online_Centres, we’ll share your posts so we can shout about your great team!

Find out more about Volunteers Week and how you can get involved
Network event: Share and Learn. Tuesday 10 September, St Thomas Centre, Manchester

We’re launching a brand new series of ‘Share and Learn’ network events and we really want to involve the network as much as possible. The first will be held in Manchester on Tuesday 10 September at the St Thomas Centre.
How can you get involved?

We’re looking for members of the Online Centres Network to share experiences of engaging people with digital at your centre in a 5-10 minute lightning talk to colleagues at the event. This could either be about one of the most challenging barriers you face or the biggest successes you’ve had with people taking their first steps with digital.

Or you could pick from another theme such as:
• Experiences of supporting people with Universal Credit claims
• Building successful partnerships and collaborative working.

If you’d like to be a key part of our first Share and Learn event, please complete our
short expression of interest form and one of our friendly Network Team will be in touch to discuss your idea further.

Get Online Week 2019: Do you have a star learner?


Get Online Week 2019 will be here before we know it and plans are well underway for this year’s campaign to make a real splash.

Taking place from 14-20 October, we’ll once again be highlighting real learner stories from across the Online Centres Network - learners like Carolyn, Oliver and Colleen.

Do you have a star learner who has seen new digital skills make a BIG impact on their life? Have they found their dream job, found a new hobby or even found love?

If this sounds like someone you know and you think they could be a star of this year’s Get Online Week, email some information about their story to and we’ll be in touch.


Doing digital inclusion in libraries: a handbook


This handbook has been designed to help libraries navigate the difficulties of delivering digital inclusion, with hints and tips to help you tackle some of the challenges and barriers within your library service.

We know the level of digital inclusion activity taking place in UK libraries varies widely. Some libraries are able to offer a varied programme of activities and learning; others might just offer internet access on a small number of computers. We hope that this handbook provides something for all libraries, wherever you are in your digital inclusion journey.

Check out our new Libraries Handbook
Webinar: Care opinion, sharing your experience of care with Sarah Ashurst, Tuesday 2 July, 10-11am

Birmingham City Council has launched a new £4.9 million grants programme to support its investment in “Prevention First”. Grants available to help benefit older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health conditions.

Funding is available for a range of areas, including digital inclusion, employment, volunteering and skills, affordable warmth and fuel poverty.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 June at 12pm.

For more information and for eligibility criteria, visit the
Birmingham Neighbourhood Network Schemes website.

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