Online Centres Network
Joining the network: support in a time of change
150 organisations have joined the Network since the end of March – and many have refreshed their memberships which may have lapsed due to other priorities or changes in staffing.
The growth in our membership reflects the current spotlight on the crucial role of being online. We also know some of you have been inspired to join our community because you may have heard about a specific opportunity - perhaps the DevicesDotNow scheme – and you want to find out more.
There’s been so much going on over the past few weeks. We think it’s a good time to remind everyone about all of the ways we can support you, with a refresher on all the free support and opportunities available to members of the Network.
When you become part of our big club, you all have your own dedicated Network Specialist - this person can guide you through any questions or issues you might have with your account set up or passwords, make sure we’ve got the correct information for you, help you to navigate the websites, and answer any questions you’ve got. If you’re not sure who your dedicated person is, then please just get in touch at email@example.com or give us a call on 0114 349 1666.
You can also be featured on our public facing map – a really good way of promoting your organisation and being clear about the types of service you can support people with. Lots of our members have recently amended this information to reflect their new ways of working during the pandemic – you can easily update the entry and then change it back again later.
As a member, you’ll have access to Learn My Way and the bespoke data management system tools to help you measure your learners progress and chart achievements, as well as giving you the ability to prove impact to funders. Your Network Specialist can help you more with this.
You’ll receive regular updates and news from us, plus you can keep an eye on Network news on social media, including a closed members-only Facebook group. We’ll send you a newsletter each week, just for Network members, where you will find out all about funding opportunities – both external and Good Things Foundation grants - as well as training dates, sector news, upcoming events and lots of useful resources.
Rose, our Network Communications Specialist on the team, says
“We’re always keen to hear from our Network and share any useful information and resources, so if you’d like to share something please get in touch. Since support has moved completely online, we’ve seen an increase in Online Centres supporting each other and sharing resources through our Facebook group and retweeting posts on Twitter. It’s great to see everyone helping each other out. It demonstrates a real sense of community and collaboration in true Network style.”
You’ll also find we have a national voice and advocate and influence for the community sector and for the power of digital inclusion. By joining us you can make sure your voice is heard. Tell us your challenges and we will continue to campaign to help people to gain digital skills. We oversee Get Online Week each year, raising the profile of getting online in creative and fun ways - and we’d love you to join in. We work passionately alongside our members to support community organisations to get people online so that they are not left behind in this increasingly digital world.
I hope this has helped some of you get a bit more context about your membership and how we can support you. Please do get in touch with us with any questions - our phone lines are open as usual from 9am - 5:30pm (5pm on Fridays) or you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest News from
Online Centres Network
Applications now open to become a Census Support Service Centre28/05/2020 12:15:00
Good Things Foundation has been contracted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the delivery of the next Census in England and Wales.
Funding: Coronavirus resilience grants for Online Centres09/04/2020 13:33:00
Good Things Foundation launches fund to provide short-term support for Online Centres at risk of closure due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Stories from the community: operating during a pandemic03/04/2020 13:15:00
With the spread of the coronavirus around the UK and much of the world, we’re facing challenging times ahead.
Coronavirus: responding to your insight03/04/2020 10:15:00
Over the last two weeks of our lives, communities and day to day patterns have all undergone unimaginable change as the threat and impact of Coronavirus became increasingly real.
Online Centres Network are proud to be working with FutureDotNow on their exciting new initiative DevicesDotNow.
Virtual Meetup for Online Centres26/03/2020 15:15:15
Over the coming months we know many of you will be facing new challenges in light of the current situation.
UK-wide Make it Click funding open09/03/2020 17:02:00
Online Centres Network are delighted to invite organisations of all sizes and from all parts of the UK to apply for between £1,250 and £15,000 of funding to deliver the Make It Click programme, delivered by Good Things Foundation in partnership with Google.org.
ALL DIGITAL Week returns 23 - 29 March09/03/2020 13:43:00
On Monday 23 March, ALL DIGITAL week returns. The Europe-wide campaign strives to give people the tools to develop and enhance their digital skills.