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Thursday 11 April 2019

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We’re really excited to launch our training plan and schedule for 2019/20. We’ve got lots of new experts on board and some brand new topics, such as How to promote your Online Centre, the basics of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin, and Increasing your financial sustainability. We’re also bringing back your favourites, such as Bid writing and Teaching and facilitation skills.

Last year, our speaker series was also very popular among many of you. We had fantastic talks about helping people with Universal Credit, working with food banks, among many other topics. If you’d like to offer an idea or deliver one of our webinars, please get in touch with us at

This bulletin outlines just a handful of our many upcoming sessions in 2019. There’s no limit to how many webinars you can sign up for, so book your place on as many as you like today! We also have plans for some face-to-face ‘share and learn’ style events, so watch this space!

How to create an effective digital plan with Emily Brett

In this session, we’ll walk through the systematic process for developing a digital plan for your charity. You’ll learn how to manage your website, social media and e-newsletters effectively, how to put brand guidelines in place for your organisation and more!

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 24 April, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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Learn My Way office programs

Following the recent update to Online Safety content on Learn My Way. Our Learning Team have been busy working away on the next wave of courses - Office Packages.

In this session, Learning & Development Manager, Michael Skeldon will explain how we work with Online Centres to develop resources, and to give you an exclusive demo of the upcoming course.

This webinar will take place on Monday 29 April, 11am - 12 pm.

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Universal Credit: supporting learners using Learn My Way with Kevin Maye

If you’re supporting Universal Credit applicants, this webinar is for you. Head of Learning, Kevin Maye will run through the application process and recommend which resources to use at each stage in different situations.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 1 May, 2 - 3 pm

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Teaching and facilitation skills with Sally Deith

Having the right skills to give your learners the best possible experience with digital is vital. In this four-part webinar series, delivered in two sessions, you can brush up on your teaching skills. It’s ideal for people who want to develop their mentoring skills, are considering moving into adult learning, or want to share their own knowledge or good practice tips.

Part 1 & 2 will take place on Tuesday 30 April, 10 - 12 pm
Part 3 & 4 will be delivered Tuesday 7 May, 10 - 12 pm

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Governance for your organisation with Tom Vasov and Margaret Bennett

In this webinar our legal team will be talking all things Governance. Getting to grips with the law can sound difficult but in this webinar we’ll simplify this and consider aspects that you might have missed.

In part one we’ll look at both the pros and cons of different types of organisations. In part two we’ll be looking at the many types of annual reports, from audits to accounts.

Part 1 will take place on Thursday 9 May, 2 - 3 pm
Part 2 will take place on Wednesday 5 June, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

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Using a family learning approach to engage and support learners with Hafsha Shaikh

CEO of Smartlyte, Hafsha Shaikh is a leading family learning expert who researches, lectures, advocates and trains on using family learning to engage parents into learning, both nationally and internationally.

In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn how family learning can support both you and your learners.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 22 May, 2 - 3pm

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How being able can help your centre

Have you heard about agile and wondered what it’s all about? In this four-part webinar series, we’ll look at how agile values and principles can practically help manage your centre.

In part two we’ll focus on two aspects from the “heart of agile”: collaboration and delivery. Part three will outline the importance of reflection and share simple ideas and activities which go beyond recording and responding to complaints.

Part 2 will take place on Friday 10 May, 10:30 - 11:15 am
Part 3 will take place on Friday 14 June, 10:30 - 11:15 am

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Writing better bids with Sally Deith

This programme is designed to help you better understand the bid writing process, write more effective applications and improve your success rates. It’s very interactive and covers the full end-to-end application process.

This webinar will take place Tuesday 21 May, 10am - 12 pm.

Register today
Coming soon: Increasing your financial sustainability, using social media with confidence, mind mapping effectively, how to use google drive and more!

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is working to develop a campaign to reduce the stigma that often surrounds loneliness, and they’re looking for some over 65s who can share their story of how digital has helped them overcome loneliness. If you’ve got learners who fit the bill, and who would be happy to share their story, get in touch with us by emailing .

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