Online Centres Network News Bulletin
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Thursday 13 August 2020

Hello <<First Name>>

COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated the digital exclusion faced by the 1.9m UK households still lacking access to the internet. We’ve heard stories of challenges faced and how devices have changed peoples lives. What has become apparent through the DevicesDotNow programme is how the pandemic left digitally excluded individuals and families desperate. 

Since DevicesDotNow began in March, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of support. A huge number of people from dozens of organisations, including our funding partners, have come together and without their hard work and dedication it wouldn’t have been possible to help some of the most vulnerable households in the UK in such challenging times.

A big thank you to our donors for their generosity and support - lots of individuals and organisations have donated both devices, and money to our Crowdfunder campaign and these contributions have enabled us to continue the important work.

I would also like to thank our community partners, for supporting individuals through their tireless local work with a passion and drive that is so inspiring. Collectively you have supported 11,437 individuals and counting. 

Take a look at our third DevicesDotNow impact report to hear more, read our case studies and find out what’s next for the initiative. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner, CEO Good Things Foundation

Read interim impact report #3

Future Digital Inclusion Programme - funding opportunity coming soon!

Next week, we’re reopening Future Digital Inclusion funding applications, for project delivery between October this year and March 2021.

All members of the Online Centres Network not currently funded through the programme are eligible to apply for grants of up to £12,500.

Applications open on Monday 17 of August, so visit the Funding opportunities page of the Online Centres Network website next week for more info and to apply.

Virtual meet ups & training (August & November)

With plans changing due to the coronavirus pandemic, we understand this summer will be very different - especially for those with young families. Our partner, BT, knows that many parents and carers are still juggling childcare and work, and understands it will be a challenge to help children explore and enjoy the online world safely this summer. 

As part of the Skills for Tomorrow campaign, BT has lots of free tips, advice, videos, games and courses to help families this summer. Find out how you can manage screen time, learn about online influences and explore the games to keep your kids entertained whilst learning.
Explore the resources online

To help adults upskill and boost their digital skills, BT are also offering lots of free webinars as part of their Skills for Tomorrow programme. Choose from topics such as improving your CV, interview skills, boosting your LinkedIn profile, digital marketing strategy and much more! View the upcoming webinars and book your place on the
Eventbrite page

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