Lords, ladies and gentleman - Tinder Foundation has arrived!

12 Jul 2013 |Written by Chris Andersson

A quick Friday afternoon blog, direct from Tinder HQ - and what a week it’s been! It’s hard to believe that it’s only a few short days since we launched our new brand and website (along with our three year strategy) at a reception at the House of Lords.

Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, Mercy Foundation Centre volunteer Saloni Patel, Victoria Rodney and Nick Hurd MP

I was lucky enough to attend the event - hosted by our Chairman, Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth - and it was an honour to be there for what really felt like a bold step into a bright, new future for the organisation.

We were joined by partners from both the private and voluntary sectors, and by some good friends in Government. Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society spoke at the event, and his belief that strong partnership working between these sectors is vital in tackling digital and social exclusion was met with widespread agreement.

Of course, an event of ours wouldn’t be complete without the presence of staff, volunteers and learners from the UK online centres network - which will always remain our first great love and top priority!

It was a personal pleasure to meet Victoria Rodney, Director of the Mercy Foundation Centre, a UK online centre in South London. She’s become something of a legend at Tinder HQ because of her enthusiasm and dedication, and the personal sacrifices she’s made to keep her centre open and doing amazing work in the community.

Of course there are hundreds of centres out there, supporting communities and helping people change their lives by getting online. It was wonderful that everyone got to hear Karen Alexander talk about overcoming her fears to get online for the first time at Kensington Community Learning Centre in Liverpool, and getting back into work.

On behalf of all of us here at Good Things Foundation, I’d like to say thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate our big day. As you can see from our new strategy, we’ve got big plans, and the next few months and years are going to be an exciting journey. We’re looking forward to having you along for the ride!