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Thursday 29 April 2021

Hello <<First Name>>

The past few weeks have been a time of beginning and ends at Good Things Foundation. Our census support work is drawing to a close, and last week we launched the Data Poverty Lab

Data poverty is the inability to afford a sufficient, private and secure internet
connection to meet essential needs. We know that lack of access to good quality, affordable connectivity will hold many digitally excluded people back. Through the Data Poverty Lab we aim to work directly with people who experience data poverty to understand which solutions work best for their communities.

Thanks to many wonderful initiatives such as the BBC’s Make a Difference campaign, many more people have data-enabled devices. But without solutions for affordable data connectivity, these devices will languish in drawers and cupboards. People who have discovered the benefits of the internet during the pandemic will once again be excluded from engaging with digital.
If you’re a centre who supports people that struggle to access data and WiFi, and are interested in finding out more about data poverty and want to keep informed about developments in initiatives and research, please complete the short form linked below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive - Good Things Foundation

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Save the date: Get Online Week 2021

We are already gearing up for this year’s Get Online Week, taking place from the 18th - 24th October. Get Online Week brings people together at thousands of events across the country, celebrating digital inclusion and helping people to learn new digital skills.

We’re hoping that this year we’ll engage more people in workshops, awareness-raising and celebration events than ever before, making it our biggest Get Online Week yet. 

Make sure you’re signed up to our Get Online Week mailing list so you don’t miss out. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Tech4Good awards - last few days to apply
The deadline for the Tech4Good awards is the 5th May, so be sure to get those applications in ASAP! There’s definitely still time to start a new application, too. 

This year Good Things Foundation is supporting the Community Impact category, which celebrates the people using digital tech to create positive change within their communities. 

You can find out more about the Community Impact award and the nine other categories in this year’s awards on the
Tech4Good website.

Enter the Tech4Good awards

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications Webinar Series

In this series of free interactive webinars, we aim to get you reflecting on and developing your role in supporting adult learners to access and gain essential digital skills for work and life. Watch the video above to find out more.

We've already added sign-ups to the first few webinars in the series to our website. You can click the link below to find out more about individual webinars, and to sign up.
ESDQ Webinar series
New consent forms for people stories
Good Things Foundation has a new process for collecting case studies, in order to be compliant with GDPR and ISO requirements. Consent has to come from the individual, not the centre or centre staff. 

Where a person does not want to give consent for use of personal identifiable data but is happy for their story to be used, Good Things Foundation will keep a record of the centre name that provided the lead, but will not require a consent form.

If you have any questions about this process, you can 
email a member of our Communications team.

Read the consent form

Funding opportunities

We have just had our funding database updated. It's packed with brilliant funding opportunities relevant to organisations in the network. We recommend you take a look!

There are also a few funding opportunities closing soon:

Aviva Community Fund - up to £50,000
The fund is investing in two key areas:

  • Community resilience: Tackling inequality and improving environments to build more connected, more resilient communities
  • Financial capability and inclusion: Giving people the tools to become more financially independent

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund - up to £50,000
Grants are available for mental health voluntary and community sector organisations in England to respond to an increase in need as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.


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