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Thursday 4 June 2020

Hello <<First Name>>

We know many of you will have been following the events in the United States and the protests that have followed across the world. As a social change charity, we can no longer afford to remain neutral. We have a responsibility to ensure we use our platform to highlight not only the experiences of many people within our network but also to call out injustice.

Inclusivity underpins our Online Centres Network. The work we do would not be possible without working collectively with the Black, Asian Minority Ethnic communities who have been disproportionately affected by systemic racism.

To be silent is to be complicit. We know there’s so much more we can do to highlight inequalities in our society and support those most affected.

From all of us at Good Things Foundation: We promise to commit to 100% inclusion. To the Black community, we want you to know that you are not alone - we stand with you!


Finally, if you’re looking for ways you can support the movement in the UK, journalist Perkin Amalaraj has put together a comprehensive list of resources and links, which you can access below.

Best wishes
Good Things Foundation

Support the movement
We’ve recently launched the opportunity for organisations to apply for a contract to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales. The 2021 Census is digital-first and Good Things Foundation is working with the Office of National Statistics to support the delivery. Various contract sizes are available based on how many advisors and service hours you can provide a week. 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

It’s great to see so many of you celebrating National Volunteers Week this week. A big thank you to the volunteers that work with our community partners to help support and strengthen their organisations.

In her
latest blog, Volunteering Manager at Good Things Foundation, Hilary Nugent shares why volunteers are so important to our community partners and how individuals from our funding partners have been supporting them virtually during the pandemic. 

Hilary says: “Over the last few weeks, we have been delighted by the offers of help that have been pouring in from both our existing funding partners and organisations that we have not worked with before.”

Take a read of her blog

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Digital Tech Aid has created some useful videos to help the elderly learn how to use smartphones and devices. The
short videos provide step by step instructions of how to navigate a device’s main functions. If you’d like further information there are also some simple introductory guides to explain terminology, apps and websites which individuals - these can download to refer back to at a later date. 

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