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Thursday 24 January 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

Last week, Good Things Foundation was delighted to announce that our Future Digital Inclusion programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE), has helped over 1 million people since 2014 to gain the basic digital skills they need for life and work - and we couldn’t have done it without you.

1 million support, but we're nowhere near finished. Digital skills are so important in many aspects of life and reaching 1 million learners through the Future Digital Inclusion programme is an incredible acheivement... There is still more to be done though. Helen Milner OB

This has been the result of a great partnership with DfE and, of course, the Online Centres Network. It’s been an incredible journey to get here and I’ve met so many amazing people along the way. Here are a few of them:

Once again, thank you to you all - this amazing achievement wouldn’t have been possible without your hard work and dedication.

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 
Centre of the month. Community action. This month we're celebrating the fantastic work of the team at Community Action in Derby. Kate Richardson and the volunteer team are currently on a mission to train digital champions at 10 libraries in Derby City and has already made great headway. She uses the how to be a digital champion course along with resources she's created herself to give them the skills they need to support others. A £50 Amazon voucher is on it's way to community action to say thank you for all their hard work. Find out more about the work they do.

Important information: Course changes


Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been hinting that some new courses are on their way in time for Safer Internet Day. We can finally give you a sneak peak of what this will look like. The world of internet security is constantly changing which is why our learning team has been working with Online Centres to update our Online Safety module. 

From Friday 1 February the following four courses will no longer be available on Learn My Way:

  • Keeping your personal information secure online
  • More about internet safety
  • Staying safe in your digital world
  • Introduction to Internet Safety

These courses will be replaced with a brand new Online Safety subject which will include the following new courses:

  • Keeping your device safe
  • Being safe online
  • Keeping your personal data safe
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your network specialist.
#SaferInternetDay2019. We are supporting Safer Internet Day, 5 Feb 2019. Get involved and help your learners to be happy and safe online. Good Things Foundation. Online Centres Network.

 To celebrate the release of our new Online Safety courses. Our learning team would like to visit you and put on an online safety session with some of your learners.

If you’d like to get involved email us at and we’ll be in touch.

Welsh Learn My Way event                            


Yesterday we hosted our first ever Welsh Learn My Way event in Cardiff. It was great to meet so many of you and to hear about the work you do.

We spoke about our plans for the Online Centres Network in Wales. How we can use Learn My Way to reach those who are the hardest to reach and most importantly connected organisations from different fields and sectors.

We’ll be releasing a video of the day with interviews from many of you so watch this space!

Thank you to everyone who came to the event and thank you to South Riverside Community Development Centre for kindly hosting us!

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.

We love when we get the opportunity to visit you at your centre. A few weeks ago, Nadeem Shan, a network specialist on our grants team visited
Chrysalis in Manchester. 

Nadeem talks about the centre's history, the session he observed and how he can relate to the stories of some of the learners at the centre.

To read the full story, visit the
Online Centres Network website.

Join us at our event to launch our research into digital motivations with BT


On Tuesday 26 February, in partnership with BT, we’re holding a practical and informative event for digital inclusion practitioners to learn more about how to understand motivations and overcome barriers for non users of the internet. The event will share our latest research, and help you to embed this insight into delivery at your centre.

The event will take place at the Impact Hub, Birmingham, B5 5NR, from 10.30 - 3.30.

At the event, we’ll be sharing the research findings, as well as giving you the chance to hear from other organisations who are successfully overcoming barriers in their communities. You’ll take part in workshops to dive deeper into the barriers, and come up with practical plans to help overcome them. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with other organisations who are supporting digitally excluded people. 

Register today
Universal Credit supporting people using learn my way. Wednesday 27 February 2019, 3 - 4pm. Wednesday 27 February 2019, 3 - 4pm. Presented by Harriet and Kevin from Good Things Foundation Learning Team joined by guest speakers from Citizens Advice Sheffield. Our last webinar was so popular that we've decided to put on another session. This time we'll also be joined by guest speakers from Citizens Advice Sheffield, who will share their insights of supporting people with making and maintaining Universal Credit claims. Find out more.

Your UK Parliament Awards recognise people who have run activities big and small to help drive engagement with Parliament and influence how they work.

We know that many of you, especially those who have taken part in the
Voicebox Cafes programme, have run activities that have helped inspire others to get involved with Parliament in some way, so enter now to share your achievements and be part of our story.

To find out more visit the
Your UK Parliament website.

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