Online Centres Network News Bulletin
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Thursday 9 April 2020

Hello <<First Name>>

We know that many of you are facing challenging times, with the outbreak of coronavirus inevitably meaning the support you provide for your community has moved online  - if you’re still able to operate at all. We understand this brings new and sometimes challenging ways of working for your staff, volunteers and learners. 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reaching out to gain insight from our network to learn more about the pressures you’re facing and what more we can do to help. That’s why we’re launching the Response and Resilience Fund, aimed to provide short-term support to Online Centres at immediate risk of closure due to cashflow issues caused directly by the current crisis. The fund aims to enable Online Centres to continue to support local communities and to be sustainable, in order to be in a position to reopen once the current challenges subside. 

The Response and Resilience fund will offer unrestricted funding of £3,000 in the form of a one-off grant and allow Online Centres to put the funding to best use to enable delivery to continue. Online Centres who receive a grant from this fund will be required to complete two online surveys between May and July 2020. 

How do I apply?

Please read the full guidance on the website and complete the application form by Friday 17 April at 12pm. We ask you to please read your application carefully and thoroughly before you submit. 

If you have any other queries or questions after reading the guidance, please get in touch with our grants team at or they can be contacted on 0114 349 1658 and are very happy to help. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE
Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

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In the Chancellor's update yesterday, Rishi Sunak announced a £750 million coronavirus fund for frontline charities. With the aim ensuring that charities can continue their vital work during the outbreak, £360 million of this fund will go towards local charities who are working with vulnerable individuals. Take a read of the
update and find out more. 

Useful webinars from Google Digital Garage and BT Skills for Tomorrow

As the situation continues to develop with coronavirus, lots of organisations have moved their support online. There are a couple of excellent resources that might be useful to your staff, volunteers and learners. 

To support businesses remotely, Google Digital Garage is launching a series of live webinars to help individuals grow their business, start a new career or develop a new skill. The free 60 minute webinars run everyday, Monday to Friday covering topics such as:

- Building a CV & writing a cover letter
- Digital marketing strategy
- Building your personal brand online 
- Getting started with digital advertising 
- Getting your business visible on Google 
- Social media strategy
- Writing for social media 

To find out more information and to register for the webinars, visit the website
BT’s Skills for tomorrow are also leading a Work Ready programme to help individuals look for work opportunities. A series of interactive webinars are taking place for individuals searching for a job, which includes useful information on how to improve your CV and prepare for interviews. You can sign up to the webinars on Eventbrite. If you would like more information on the support that BT is providing at this challenging time, take a read of this blog
Find out about the Google Digital Garage webinars
WEBINAR: Writing better bids

- DeviceDotNow is a new initiative from FutureDotNow which aims to provide devices to help the most vulnerable access information online at this challenging time. Find out more and request a device for your learners by visiting our

- Virtual volunteers: You can receive virtual support from a volunteer across 3 key areas - managing your business, digital support and supporting your learners. Find out more and express your interest by completing the

- We’re keen to support our centres the best we can during this challenging time. If you haven’t already, please spare 5 minutes to complete our
survey to tell us how the current situation is impacting your organisation. 

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