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Thursday 11 June 2020


Hello <<First Name>>

As many of you know, last week was Volunteers' Week. It was great to celebrate the hard work of the many volunteers across our network. Volunteers are the backbone to many community partners across the UK, helping to run organisations and support learners remotely at this current time. I’d like to share my thanks to each and every volunteer across the network. I am so proud of all the volunteers who help their organisations go from strength to strength. 

I’d particularly like to say a huge congratulations to two of our community partners - Computer Friendly and First Asian Support Trust, who last week got the fantastic news that they have both been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The award is an incredible achievement, given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in communities. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing the pictures of your awards. 

Also this week, applications are still open to provide support to individuals to complete the 2021 Census. We’re working with the Office of National Statistics to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales. We’re building a network of Census Support Service centres to ensure everyone has the chance to complete the Census. Successful applicants will be required to deliver the service between March and May 2021 for a set amount of hours each week. 

Various contract sizes are available and you can find the full guidance document and more about this opportunity on the Good Things Foundation website. Applications close Friday 19 June at 5 PM

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive
Good Things Foundation  

Apply for a contract to deliver census support
We’ve heard some great stories from the network about how staff at community centres and libraries have been finding ways to facilitate support online. We’ve recently shared ‘how to’ guides around setting up a virtual coffee morning and running a virtual cooking club.

To help you deliver digital skills support remotely, we’re continuing our series of guides. The
third in the series comes from Paul Davies from Destinations in Saltburn and has guidance on diagnosing support needs and giving suitable remote advice around employability.  

Tech4Good Awards - voting now open! 

The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards recognise the achievements of organisations and individuals who use technology to improve the lives of others. BT is the headline sponsor for the awards, with the awards also supported by Google, Microsoft, Charity Digital, Comic Relief and many other organisations.
There are eight categories you could nominate your centre for, including the BT Young Pioneer Award, which is part of BT’s Skills for Tomorrow campaign. Nominations for the awards close on Wednesday 30 June at 5pm
Nominate an individual for an award
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Podcast: Recognising illegal money lending & loan sharks

Salim and Hafsha Shaikh from Smartlyte, one of our community partners, have created a useful podcast on how you can recognise illegal money lending and loan sharks. At a time where support has moved online, it is important to be aware of scams online and what to look out for. You can listen to the podcast on the website
Listen to the podcast

AbilityNet is a charity which aims to change the lives of older and disabled people by helping them to use digital technology. They provide a free helpline offering individuals technology advice from 300 technical support volunteers who offer their support remotely. In addition, AbilityNet is running a series of live online events to share useful information. You can take a look at the resources and upcoming webinars on the

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