It’s a really exciting week for UK online centres
as the Online Centres Foundation team takes over the
management of the service from Ufi Ltd. This marks a
really exciting time for us, and we’ll continue to
work closely with you. We’ll be able to share
details of our new strategy soon, so do keep an eye
Don’t forget, this will mean our email addresses
have changed. The main one you’ll need to remember
email@example.com which is replacing
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can still reach any
other members of the team and they’ll be able to
tell you what their new address is.
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the
TalkTalk Digital Heroes awards 2011. It was
inspiring to hear about so many successful projects
that are using technology to make a real difference
to people’s lives, and I was so pleased that two of
the winners of the regional awards are from
registered UK online partner centres! Many
congratulations to all the winners, they set a
fantastic example. You can read more about the
Digital Heroes from UK online centres below.
UK online centres
Our next campaign - New Year, new
We’re very excited to confirm the details of our
next marketing campaign which will run from 23
January until the 17 February 2012 and aims to
inspire people to access government services online.
‘New Year, new online you' will focus on three
online services - Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
online, pension information and NHS Choices.
If you’d like to take part all you need to do is
register, and run sessions, activities and events
focused on jobs, pensions and health (as well as any
other things you choose) during the campaign period!
Marketing packs will be available and will
include posters, leaflets, badges and lots more.
Packs will be delivered in early January and centres
holding events will be flagged on
our centre search.
The registration form will be available very
soon, do keep checking
our website for updates.
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TalkTalk Digital Heroes at UK online
We were very pleased and proud to see that two of
this year’s regional winners of TalkTalk’s Digital
Heroes awards have gone to staff or volunteers from
registered UK online centres.
Dave Wooldridge, manager of The Lighthouse, a
homeless hostel in Scunthorpe is the winner for the
Yorkshire and Humber region and hopes to use the
prize money to update the equipment and develop the
training provision of their Life Skills Centre.
Jean Raby who works for Age UK Darlington, won
for the North East region and their prize will be
used to improve their technical capabilities and
help recruit more volunteers.
Many congratulations to Dave and Jean, the awards
are thoroughly deserved and we’ll be posting more
details about their projects and the great work
they’re doing on our website later in the week.
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Give an hour for Christmas
After the success of Give an hour, UK online centre
will be supporting Race online 2012’s festive
campaign, Give an hour for Christmas.
The campaign will be encouraging as many people
as possible to pledge an hour of their time over the
holiday season, helping someone they know get online
for the first time.
Whether it’s helping them send an e-Christmas
card to relatives abroad or showing them all the
Christmas shopping bargains they can find online,
there are loads of ways to help!
There’s lots of information about helping someone
get online for the first time on the
Digital Champions’ website and there will be
some great campaign resources available a little
closer to the time.
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See IT in Action
Would you like to find out how information
technology is transforming the delivery of public
services and improving lives?
The second ‘See IT in Action’ conference will
take place on 21 February 2012 in East London, and
will provide a great opportunity to see how
technology can achieve real social, economic and
It will also demonstrate how local government is
working to improve the delivery of public services
and meet the government's pledge to make all
services ‘digital by default’.
You can find more information and reserve your
on the conference website here.
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