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Festival of learning, #LoveToLearn
Thursday 10 January 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

The Festival of Learning (formerly known as Adult Learners’ Week) is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in the country. It aims to highlight all of the benefits of adult learning and how it has changed the lives of so many.

As you’ll all know, our online learning platform, Learn My Way, is designed to help people to gain basic digital skills, so that they are not left behind. But we couldn't reach those people without you, your staff and your volunteers, driving that mission forward by supporting your adult learners to get online and use Learn My Way.

Get Online Week is a great example - we've shared stories of learners from our Online Centres who you've helped take a step towards changing lives through digital by trying '1 new thing'. You can read them here.

Nominating someone at your centre is a great way to celebrate the work that you do and the difference you make. You can nominate learners, tutors, employers and projects that you think deserve the recognition. 

To find out more and to read nomination guidance, visit the Festival of Learning website.

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

Spotlight on: Victoria Rodney MBE Mercy Foundation Centre. We would like to congratulate Victoria Rodney who has received an MBE for voluntary service for the community in Battersea. Victoria works tirelesly helping families in her local community and even remortgaged her home to run her online centre.
Show your support for Safer Internet Day Tuesday 5 February, #SaferInternetDay2019.

How you can prepare for Safer Internet Day


You may have seen by now that we're getting behind this year's Safer Internet Day campaign on Tuesday 5 February. We're spreading the word that the online world isn't so scary and encouraging safe and sensible use of the internet - and we'd love for you to get involved too. 

We know that internet safety is an important issue for many people who visit Online Centres, so why not use the day to share messages around online safety and to hold sessions which help learners to stay safe online

As a little incentive for you, we're holding a Safer Internet Day competition. For your chance to win a £50 Amazon gift card, all you have to do is encourage your learners to complete the Online Safety courses on Learn My Way and the Online Centre with the most completions on Safer Internet Day itself will win. 

Let us know if you're taking part on social media using @Online_Centres and #SaferInternetDay2019.

Find out more
Writing better bids. Tuesday 29 January, 10am - 12pm. This programme is designed to help you better understand the bid writing process, write more effective applications and improve your success rates. During the training you will cover: They key issues for funder, key questions in funding applications, common reasons why applications are rejected. Sign up today.

It is important that your learners feel confident and well informed about how their data is being collected and used. Privacy and GDPR are really important but often can be difficult to understand. This handy guide created by
 Carnegie UK Trust breaks down everything you need to know into simple and easy to follow sections.  Even though this guide is specific to people who work in public libraries, it provides practical ideas you can use to make your organisation more privacy focused.

To find out more and to read this free guide, 
visit the Carnegie Trust website.

Learn My Way competition winner


We know that lots of Online Centres have embedded Learn My Way into sessions without any funding and we want to recognise that. During the month of November, we ran a Learn My Way prize draw for all centres who are not currently grant funded by us.

We’re pleased to announce the lucky winner is - Best Training (Lincs) Ltd based in Scunthorpe. We’ll be sending them an iPad to use at their centre.

How to raise funds using Facebook. Tuesday 22 January, 11am - 12pm. In this webinar you will learn how to apply, set up and use Facebook's new fundraising tools. This webinar will cover: Funding tools overview, benefits including direct donations and no fees, how to use the donate button on your page. Register here.

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Supporting digitally excluded clients with Universal Credit


In this brand new webinar taking place Thursday 24 January, 11am - 12pm, Online Centre Golden Opportunity Skills and Development (GOSAD) will look at the challenges of applying and managing Universal Credit requirements for those that are digitally excluded. In this webinar, they will share the work they do to help digitally excluded claimants. For example, supporting a client who was almost made homeless because she could not maintain her UC online requirements and due to sanctions her claim was entirely stopped.

Register today
Course of the week, using search engines. This interactive Learn My Way course will help learners to: find reliable information online using search engines, bookmark their favourite websites and access them later. Visit Learn My Way

Many of you have fed back that you found last years training webinars really useful. We hope that this year's programme is just as good. Help us to shape the training we offer by taking part in our short survey to make sure our future training is as relevant as possible for you.

Complete the survey for the chance to win a £25 Amazon gift voucher.

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