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Thursday 21 February 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

I’m very pleased to announce that Future Digital Inclusion funding applications will open tomorrow and we’re looking for more members of the Online Centres Network to join the programme. If you've yet to be part of the programme, please do take a look.

Future Digital Inclusion is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by Good Things Foundation through the Online Centres Network in communities across the country.

Incredibly, the network has already supported more than 1 million people through Future Digital Inclusion since 2014. But with more than 11 million people still without the skills needed to take full advantage of the internet, there’s more work to be done.

Applications will be open from Friday 22 February for two weeks until 5pm on Friday 8 March. All of the information that you need to apply, and the application form, will be available here.

If you’d like more information, we’re holding a free webinar on Wednesday 27 February. All About Future Digital Inclusion will answer your questions on the background to the programme, contract sizes, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 


Focus group: Get Online Week 2019 and understanding digital skills learners


As we think about what the future of digital skills community delivery might look like, one of our areas of focus is how we help you identify the level of skills a new learner has and which resources are appropriate for them. 

Our new Learner Diagnostic Tool is in the very early stages of development and a focus group taking place in two weeks is your opportunity to influence the direction it takes, making sure it's an invaluable tool for providing digital skills learning in your community.

Join us at our focus group in London on Thursday 28 February - where we’ll also be discussing the future of Get Online Week -  to help shape our work in 2019. 

For more information or to register, visit our Eventbrite page.

Register today
Safer Internet Day Competition Winner

Do you know any Digital Champions who’d like to be a small screen star? We’re looking for tutors who deliver digital skills to older people to be part of a short video we’re creating. The aim of the video is to highlight the challenges and benefits of introducing digital skills outside of a dedicated learning environment, for example, a care home or a library. 

Do you know someone who has an interesting story to tell, or maybe you are that person? If so, please contact

Learn My Way How to videos Youtube


Need a refresher of some of the basics of using Learn My Way at your centre? We’ve created some useful short videos to help you get to grips with the basics of Learn My Way.

This resource could be a really simple way to help your tutors understand learner management, or to refresh your knowledge every now and then.

How to videos include:

  • Starting a course
  • Navigating a course
  • Printing a certificate
  • Resetting passwords
  • Enabling tutor access
  • Recording learner activity
  • Managing groups
You can check out our playlist on the Good Things Foundation YouTube channel.
Visit our Youtube Channel for more information
Working with foodbanks in the community. Presented by Shotton IT. Wednesday 27 February 2019, 3 - 4pm. This webinar will cover: how the food comes into them, what happens to the food when it arrives, how it is distributed, how people hear about their online centre, who is eligible. Find out more

We’d like to hear your thoughts on two services provided by Accenture.

Skills to Succeed Academy prepares learners for their journey into work, from choosing the right career to succeeding in the workplace. Their free training focuses on empowering learners to take ownership of their job search, whilst building their confidence at the same time.

Accenture also helps de
velop digital confidence with an innovative suite of bite-sized, animated learning. There are seven online courses offered which cover a number of key digital skills, from social media to digital marketing.

We'd love to have some feedback on if and how you think your centre would use the training and why it would benefit those using it. Email us at

Are you running a community hub? Feed into this national research


Local Trust and Power to Change want to discover which financial models are most likely to be successful for community groups which are running multi-purpose buildings.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.

The deadline for completion is Friday 8 March.

Complete this short survey
Introduction to Teaching & Facilitation skills. Learn effective mentoring techniques and how to develop a strategic teaching plan with these interactive webinars. Part 1 & 2 Tuesday 26 February, 10 - 12pm. Part 3 & 4 Tuesday 12 March, 10 - 12pm. Reserve your space today

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