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Online Centres Network News
Thursday 6 August 2020
An update from Good Things Foundation CEO, Helen Milner


- Register to take part in
Get Online Week 2020

- Find out more about the Critical Friends support service

- Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund 
Complete the Essential Digital Skills Survey

Essential Digital Skills Survey - we want to hear from you! 

We know that our community partners sometimes support learners to develop Essential Digital Skills without using Learn My Way, or recording this support on the CaptureIT online tutor return (the usual ways in which Good Things Foundation collects information on the activity of the network). 
We’ve created a short, optional survey to collect some information around how many of these ‘unregistered’ learners your organisation supports, and the different kinds of support you offer. This information is invaluable to us and will be used as evidence of the overall impact of the Online Centres Network. 
By completing this survey you’ll be helping us to demonstrate the wider impact of the network and proving to our funders and supporters, the vital role centres play in the community - particularly during such a difficult time. 

Please note that: 

- You shouldn't complete the survey if you've done so in the past month 
- It's okay if your answers are a best estimate or average 
- If you don't know the answer to a question, please put 'unknown' 

As a thank you for completing our survey, we are entering all respondents into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. 
 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at
Complete the survey
Centre of the month - Aspire Oxford

We’re pleased to announce our Centre of the Month is Aspire Oxford. This community partner has only recently joined the network and has already done a fantastic job at registering individuals on Learn My Way to help them with digital skills. The organisation is also working well with local partners to tackle digital and social exclusion. In particular, they provide courses to help support individuals back into employment. 

We’d like to recognise and thank the team at Aspire Oxford for all of their hard work, and their dedication to supporting so many individuals at this challenging time. We’ll be sending the centre an Amazon voucher to say thank you. n how individuals can prepare for and help each other during a range of emergencies, from floods to pandemics. 

Helping Individuals Guides - learn how to ace a Zoom interview! 

Organisations in our network have found some great ways for staff at community centres and libraries to facilitate support online. We’ve recently shared ‘how-to-guides’ across a range of topics:  

- Setting up a virtual coffee morning 
- Running a virtual cooking club
- Providing employability advice 
- Developing a remote learning programme 
- Transferring from face-to-face to remote delivery  

The sixth in the series comes from Smartlyte in Birmingham. Managing Directors, Hafsha and Salim Shaikh have created some useful guidance for getting used to Zoom job interviews. Including ten top tips on how applicants can give themselves the best chance of success.
View the guide

BT have recently announced their partnership with
Channel Mum to celebrate amazing people in the community who have used tech to help families get through lockdown. If you know of someone who has gone the extra mile in your community to help individuals during the lockdown then why not nominate them? One lucky winner will receive a £250 gift card of their choice to treat themselves and a £1,000 donation to their favourite registered charity. Entries close on Sunday 9 August, so get your nominations in soon! Find out more and nominate a local hero here. 

On the 18th August, Nominet, one of Good Things Foundation’s partners, are launching REBOOT, an interactive platform which provides a step by step guide to help community organisations and schools provide refurbished device schemes in response to the COVID crisis. 

The REBOOT website provides insights and advice to grassroots organisations and schools that may wish to start their own campaign and distribute refurbished devices and connectivity safely in the community. Part of this website will be a directory of local organisations providing refurbished devices. Listing in the directory doesn’t commit you to anything but helps you be located if interest in a refurbished scheme emerges in your local area. If you are interested in being part of the launch and listing in the directory please reach out to

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