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Thursday 31 October 2019

Hello <<First Name>>

We’ve recently relaunched our Specialist Networks. Following insight into our members’ reach and activities we decided to refresh our Specialist Networks to make them more tailored to our network. We wanted to make sure our Specialist Networks are relevant, current and truly specialist. 

These networks are now open for you to join, if your work with people in your community fits into one of these areas:

  • Employability
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Housing & Homelessness - New!
  • ESOL
  • Learn My Way - COMING SOON!

By joining one of our Specialist Networks, you can benefit from all of the following: 

  • Specialist training and sharing best of practice 
  • Relevant Policy news from Good Things Foundation
  • Hearing about relevant events in your area of expertise
  • More frequent contact from us 
  • Consultation when writing specialist bids
  • Hearing first about funding opportunities from Good Things Foundation
Please join us! 
Join one of the above networks, by following this link and completing the short application form. We are particularly interested in encouraging Online Centres who took part in the Reboot UK project joining the Housing and Homelessness or Health and Wellbeing Specialist Networks.

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

Join a Specialist Network

Funding Opportunity - Make it Click


Good Things Foundation, funded by are working on a new project to help 30,000 ‘limited users’ of the internet to gain the confidence and skills they need to thrive online. The Make it Click programme aims to help adults achieve positive life and work outcomes, supporting them to understand how digital skills can change their lives. Centres can apply for a funding contract of up to £1,250, £2,500, £5,000 and £10,000. Applications close Friday 8 November, for more information please read the following guidance


Earlier this month, over 1,200 centres took part in our annual digital inclusion campaign - Get Online Week. We’re keen to hear what you thought about our campaign and learn what we can do differently for next year. It’s also a great way to tell us exactly how many people you reached during the campaign so we can measure the national impact of Get Online Week and prove to people just how much of a difference you make.

Complete the campaign survey

Launch of Office session plans!                     

Our new Office programmes session plans can help tutors to deliver the Learn My Way course in a structured way. They have been designed to help you with preparation and to give you ideas for supporting your learners. The session plans focus on what people can learn, setting specific objectives and containing timed activities to help reinforce the course content. 

Each plan is around an hour long and is designed to work as a classroom session, mainly for groups. However, if you see an activity that you like the look of, you can adapt the session plans to work for you and your centre. You must be signed in to Learn My Way to view the session plans. 
Take a look at the new session plans
Network Event: Share & Learn

Get Online @ Home is a digital inclusion initiative which aims to give people affordable access to computers. As members of the Online Centres Network, you have access to a 5% discount off the price of professionally refurbished Dell, HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Toshiba computer equipment. 

All equipment is ready to use and pre-loaded and licenced with Window 10 Professional, Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows defender antivirus. All equipment comes with a 6-month warranty. To place your order, visit the Get Online @ Home website and use the discount code ONLINECENTRES. You can get in touch with or call 03719 100 100 for any queries. 

Digital Evolution Conference:Happier. Healthier. Better Off.    


There’s less than a month to go until our annual conference! This year we’re talking about all things digital and how the benefits of going online can make you happier, healthier and better off. Our CEO, Helen Milner will be chairing the event, talking all about how digital can help people to realise a range of positive outcomes. Tickets are selling fast so book your place today to ensure you don’t miss out!  

Book your place today
New Webinar: Supporting Universal Credit Claimants

The Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport are currently working on the national data strategy to develop their long term vision. They are inviting Online Centres to take part in a workshop to share their thoughts and experiences. Workshops are 3 hours long and are interactive sessions led by Policy Lab. They are holding a workshop in
Yorkshire on Monday 11 November and one in Wales on Friday 15 November

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