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Thursday 14 January 2021

Hello <<First Name>>

I am pleased to share that we are reopening our buddying scheme for community partners and Good Things Foundation staff. The scheme sees our team members contribute their time, connections and expertise to support members of the network, signposting you to helpful tools and resources, advising and listening to you, and where necessary seeking advice or information from colleagues and partners on your behalf. If you are interested in taking part, please complete this form by Monday 1 February. 

Last year we collected dozens of remote delivery resources to help community partners who are supporting individuals to learn digital skills remotely. These resources include how-to-guides, top tips, communications checklists and learning guides. These could be a great help if you’re transitioning to teaching online during the lockdown. 

Finally, if you’re looking to apply for funding this year, our Critical Friend support service provides tailored support from a bid writing professional who will review your application and provide you with feedback prior to your submission. Find out more and register your interest by visiting the website

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


Looking to upskill this year? Check out our upcoming training! 

We know lots of our community partners really value our training, which is why we’re continuing to provide lots of webinars across the year. There are a range of webinars now on the website, taking place from now until the end of March. We’ve included a summary of the upcoming training below to help you decide which ones are relevant to you and your organisation. 

If there is a particular area that you’d like to up-skill in or focus on to help improve your organisation this year, don’t forget you can share your views in our survey which is open until the end of month. 

Effective Time Management (Thursday 21 January, 10-11am) 
Are you finding that there are not simply enough hours in the day to get everything done? This session takes a practical look at how you can effectively manage your time, focussing on some practical hints and tips. 

Mental Health Awareness - Common mental health conditions (Thursday 28 January, 10-11am) 
Second in a series of the mental health webinars, this session will cover some of the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions,the impact these can have on an individual, and some of support available. 

Developing Coping Strategies (Thursday 4 February, 10-11am) 
Next in the series on  mental health, we look at coping strategies. In particular, we’ll take a look at how you can manage stress positively, so we can feel happier and healthier. 

Writing Better Bids (Thursday 4 February, 2-4pm)
This popular webinar is returning to help you better understand the bid writing process. We’ll be taking a look at key issues for funders, how to write effective applications, common reasons to why funding applications are rejected and more.

Using Learn My Way to Support Learners Remotely (Tuesday 9 February, 10-11am and Friday 12 March, 1-2pm)  
We’ll be providing tips for how you can create effective remote delivery sessions with learners and how you can use Learn My Way from a remote perspective. 

Developing Relationships (Thursday 11 February, 10-11am) 
Following on from last year’s Building Positive Relationships webinar, we’ll be taking a look at how we can develop our skills further to nurture effective relationships with partners.

Online Fundraising (Thursday 11 February, 2-4pm) 
Drawing on recent examples of online fundraising, this webinar will outline and explore the key elements and success factors in fundraising online, including a look at platforms such as JustGiving and Crowdfunder.  

Building Our Resilience (Thursday 18 February, 10-11am) 
Resilience is important in protecting our mental health, enabling us to ‘bounce back’ from difficult experiences and situations. We’ll be taking a look at what contributes to resilience and how maintaining a positive attitude can help us to become more resilient. 

Developing Self Confidence (Thursday 11 March, 10-11am) 
Our confidence can impact our thinking and behaviour. In our upcoming webinar, we’ll explore what can contribute to our confidence and how we can increase our self esteem. 

Teaching and Facilitation (Thursday 11 & 18 March, 2-4pm) 
This training is particularly useful if you are wanting to develop teaching and mentoring skills, if you are thinking of moving into teaching adults or if you want to share some ideas and good practice. 
Part 1 & 2  - Teaching skills and theories of learning 

Part 3 & 4 - Teaching strategies and accessing learning

Assertiveness (Thursday 25 March, 10-11am) 
Being assertive can help us to stand up for our rights and can also help us with communication, to build our emotional intelligence and develop healthy relationships. Join us on our upcoming webinar to learn how you can improve your assertive skills.


As announced last year, following the success of our volunteering programme we are hosting a series of volunteering support workshops and sign-up is now open. As well as training, the workshops will give you the chances to meet other individuals from the network and exchange volunteering good practice. 

Supporting volunteers remotely, Wednesday 10 February, 9.30-11.15am
Recruiting the right volunteer for you, Thursday 25 February, 9.30-11.15am 
What makes a good digital volunteer, Wednesday 10 March, 9.30-11.15am 
What a volunteer handbook should include, Thursday 18 March, 9.30-11.15am
Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is returning and this year it will take place on Tuesday 9 February.  A global celebration creating awareness around using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’. With such an amazing range of information and opportunities online, how do we separate fact from fiction? 

Register your support 
Take part on social media 
Use the educational resources

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