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Thursday 17 October 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

Get Online Week is well under way and it has been fantastic to see so many events take place both across the UK and Australia. There have been many great events so far, including Learn My Way demonstrations, bingo sessions, tea & coffee mornings, open days and much more!

A big thank you from all of us at Good Things Foundation to centres that have held an event this week. You have been part of the largest digital inclusion campaign in the country and with your help, thousands of individuals have made their first steps to getting online by learning key digital skills.

It’s not too late to share your pictures on social media @GetOnlineWeek - don’t forget to use your selfie frames and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag #GetOnlineWeek. If you are wanting to attend an event, take a look at our Get Online Week map to find an event in your local area. 

And if your campaign events were earlier this week, please do take five minutes to fill in our Get Online Week survey. It lets us know how many people the campaign reached and helps us figure out how to make next year’s campaign bigger and better!

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

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Digital Evolution: Healthier, Happier, Better Off 2019

Applications are now open for grants to help Online Centres in Portsmouth and the South East to engage with the Google Digital Garage in the city, for the benefit of their learners, volunteers and staff. We’re working with to support 30,000 limited users of the internet to gain the confidence they need to thrive online. We’re asking Online Centres to submit ideas of how they would engage with the Google Digital Garage. If you’re interested in applying take a look at our website

Applications for our Everyone Thrives Online project, in partnership with close tomorrow at 5pm. If you’re a centre in Portsmouth or the South East area and are interested in helping individuals further develop their online skills you can apply now.


Launch of Specialist Networks                     

Following insight gathering into our members’ reach and activities, we have decided to refresh and relaunch our Specialist Networks to make sure they are relevant, current and truly specialist. These networks are now open for you to join, if your work with people in your community fits into one of these areas:

- Employability 
- Health and Wellbeing 
- Housing and Homelessness - NEW!
- Learn My Way - COMING SOON! 

Don’t worry if you’re already a member of an existing network such as Rural, Disabled People or Older People - this badge will remain and your organisation can continue to be a part of this group. 

Please join us!
If you want to join one of the above networks, please do so now by following this link and completing the short application form. We are particularly interested in encouraging Online Centres who took part in the Reboot project joining the Housing and Homelessness or Health and Wellbeing Specialist Networks.

Our brand new Learn My Way Specialist Network is coming soon and is for those Centres with a high number of new registrations -  you will be auto-enrolled in this group if your organisation achieves this. 
Join a Specialist Network
Master your metrics': Using Social Media Audience Data

We are in the process of reviewing all the service and contact data we hold on organisations in the
Online Centres Network, to ensure that our information is current and accurate. This work will be completed by the end of January 2020. In the meantime, if you can't see your organisation on the 'find a centre map' and you'd like it to be on there please contact your Network Specialist on 0114 349 1666 so that we can update the information for you.

Joining Forces event- new organisations added!                     


We’re excited for the return of our Joining Forces event next month! Join us on Wednesday 20 November at the Trinity Community Arts Centre in Bristol where we will be showcasing a range of community services and membership networks. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about the services on offer and to find out more about what we do.

We’re pleased to announce Unite the Union, Can Do Bristol and Computer Recyclers have recently signed up to attend, along with a number of other local organisations; Locality, WECIL (The Centre of West England for Inclusive Living), Voscur (Supporting Voluntary Action), Citizens Advice Bristol, Groundwork and North Somerset Training.  

Register to attend
Network Event: Share and Learn

After the fantastic success of our Share & Learn event in Manchester, we will be holding another event in London on Tuesday 28 January. We have some exciting speakers planned but are looking for individuals to carry out a short lightning talk about a topic you’d like to share with others to help engage and inspire our network. If you’re interested in speaking at our event, please email


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