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News and Events

Our passion is all things digital inclusion, technology for social good and community learning. We like to share what we know, so take a look at our latest news, case studies and events taking place in your area.

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Recent news updates:

Good Things Foundation supports the Voice to Parliament. Read about our support.

From May 2023, there are some changes to our Building Digital Skills grant program. Find out more.

Have you given any thought to the non verbal message you will be conveying as part of your virtual session?

Find out how you can hear about Good Things Foundation, our programs and the Be Connected Network.

In September and October we're hosting Network Partner Meetups in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth!

$1,000 Get Online Week event grants for organisations in the Be Connected Network are open until 5 August 2022!

Effective succession planning supports the seamless continuity of roles and supports available from your organisation.

We're so excited to announce our first stop for the Network Partner Meetups. Join us in Sydney for a free in-person event to meet with your peers in the digital inclusion space.

On 27 April 2022, we covered the topic of learning from and effectively managing our epic fails in facilitation in a virtual catchup.

The volunteer sector has risen to face many challenges. Here are some tips to help you plan your recruitment and create roles that use digital skills.

Finding the right volunteers can sometimes be challenging. We have some tips for how to promote your volunteer opportunities and how to make the onboarding process a success.

Volunteer Managers hold the key to future opportunities for existing volunteers. This article details how you can help you manage and upskill your volunteer workforce.

Safer Internet Day is 8 February and there are many ways you can get involved!

Find out where you can self-report a positive Rapid Antigen Test online.

As areas of Australia begin to open up again, it will be important for your learners to know how to access their vaccination certificates so that they can go back out into your community.

QR codes have become an important part of daily life and are now mandatory in many states to use to ‘check-in’. Read our tips on supporting others to use QR codes.

A big thanks to all Network Partners to took part in our 2021/2 training support survey!

Indochinese Elderly Refugees Association is running Health My Way to support their community's digital health literacy.

Announcing the dates for our first online event for Network Partners.

This information is intended to help you decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Read about the two grants we have available for July 2020.

Good Things Foundation has launched a new digital campaign to let friends and families of older Australians with low digital skills know about the free support available through the Be Connected program

Read how Helen from Living Connected is using Skype to keep her community connected with loved ones.

Stephen from Central Coast Community College shares his tips on how to transition to delivering support for seniors online.

After the closure of their centre, Ballarat North Neighbourhood Centre’s digital mentor, Greg, was tasked with finding a new and creative way to continue to engage with their members.

We have released new training resources to help upskill your digital mentors.

All news updates:

We have revamped our webinar topics to ensure that they are more relevant and interesting for you to participate in.

Read the announcement about Be Connected continuing to June 2021.

A guest blog by Helen Hasan, from Living Connected, on managing your volunteers.

A guest blog by Network Partner, Mustard Seed, about how they recruit and train digital mentors.

A guest blog by Richard Scenna, from YourLink, on his best tips for planning and creating engaging events.

Learn how Susan teaches practical skills to inspire learning for her residents.

This Network Partner hosts digital skills training sessions in their op shops on the Sunshine Coast.

Yarra Libraries share our vision of improving digital literacy and social inclusion for older Australians.

Learn how Campbelltown Library utilises the Be Connected resources alongside their existing digital skills program.

Derrinallum Library tells us about their community-style approach when utilising the Be Connected resources in their digital classes.

Helen Milner blogs about taking Be Connected on the road during our Network Partner events.

We take a look at Cairns Library and how they have been engaging their local community since they joined the Be Connected Network.

We share our thoughts on this year's Australian Cyber Security Conference and what the future holds for the Be Connected Network.

Jess Wilson blogs about what we are doing to help older Australians to learn about digital.

Jess Wilson takes a look at what we mean by Digital Inclusion and why it is important.

Helen Milner writes about her time in Australia and everything we've achieved in just 6 short months.

Head of Digital Inclusion, Francesca Hall, outlines our approach to establishing our new program in Australia.

We profile Brian Hassell and his wife Nola who, along with a trusted group of volunteers, have run Mustard Seed for the past 17 years out of Glen Forrest Uniting Church.

We take a look at how we have been engaging with Network Partners since we launched the Be Connected Network in June.

We’re delighted that Wednesday saw the official launch of the Be Connected program, Australia’s flagship digital inclusion program for older people.

Together we have engaged 250,000 older people to improve their digital skills. Read about how far we've come and see our 2nd year report.