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Thursday 23 January 2019


Hello <<First Name>>

Our BT Skills for Tomorrow funding opportunity has launched this week and is aimed at empowering people to gain the skills they need today, for a better tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for those who support socially excluded adults to learn essential digital skills. Applications are open to Online Centres in specific areas of the UK (listed in the guidance document). Applications are open until 5pm on Friday 14 February and we’ve got various contract sizes available. For more information and details about eligibility please take a read of the guidance document on the website. Our Grants Manager, Holly is also hosting a webinar on Monday 27 January to provide more information about the funding opportunity, you can sign-up here

We’re hosting our second Share and Learn event on Tuesday in London, following on from the success of the Manchester event in September. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of centres and hearing from a range of speakers in our network. Members of the network team will be on hand to chat to on the day and you can also learn all about bid writing and how to create effective social media in the workshops too. If you’ve not already booked your place, tickets are just £10 which includes lunch. 

Best wishes
Helen Milner OBE

Chief Executive
Good Things 

Book your place today
NEW WEBINAR: Using Learn My Way to Support Internet Safety

As you’ll know, the 2019 general election returned a majority Conservative government. Have a read of our
New Year, New Government blog to find out more about what this means for digital inclusion and the Online Centres Network.

Before the election, we outlined the importance of building relationships with your local parliamentary candidates. Now is a great opportunity to congratulate your Member of Parliament and invite them to your centre for a visit in order to gain publicity, raise awareness and build important relationships. See our
post-election resources page for a template letter you can personalise and send to your MP. 

Take a read of the blog

See it Differently this January                        

Have you ever seen yourself arguing? It’s not a pretty sight.

We all argue sometimes. Whether that’s with our partners, our parents or other family members, life stresses can put a strain on families and lead to conflicts which can impact on children’s mental health and long-term outcomes. 

Good Things Foundation has partnered with relationship experts One Plus One to produce 4 short videos which show small changes that we can all make to make life easier for everyone in the family.

Made in partnership with families around the UK, these videos reflect common daily situations and offer up a different way of doing things to reduce the impact of arguments on children.  

Remember, you don’t see your arguments.

Your kids do.

Watch the videos
Thank you
The 2019 Get Online Week post-campaign report launched last week, containing all the official stats for last years campaign. Nearly 1,200 organisations took part across the UK, hosting almost 4,000 events and we reached over 56,000 people! This would have not been possible without our amazing centres and their teams hosting some fantastic events! Take a read of the report here

Join our Online Centres Network Facebook group

Did you know that we’ve got a Facebook group for the network? Our closed Facebook group is great for sharing information with other centres such as events and pictures from your centres. You can also ask other centres for advice and solutions to shared issues you may be experiencing. 

If you’ve not yet joined our group and wish to do so, you can by visiting the page

We’d love to hear your ideas of what content you’d like to see on our page, if you’ve got any suggestions please email them to Rose Shearstone at 
Join the group
Time to Talk Day, an annual campaign encouraging individuals to talk about mental health in their workplace, takes place on Thursday 6 February. With lots of people who are digitally excluded also facing social barriers, we’re keen to help them by raising awareness of mental health issues and the importance of self-care. There are lots of handy guides on how to start a conversation, including activities to bring your workplace together. Download the starter pack today

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