Good Things and Google partnership to improve digital skills in Sunderland - and beyond

16 May 2019


Good Things Foundation is very excited to be working with Google.org and the Google Digital Garage team on an exciting new project, launching in Sunderland today.

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The first part of a wide-ranging partnership will see the Good Things Foundation team support Google with the running of their Google Digital Garage training hub in the city.

The Google Digital Garage will help people to find the support they need to improve their digital skills, with the help of expert coaches. Local people will learn everything from the basics of using the internet through to developing social media strategies and building their business.

The Google Digital Garage in Sunderland will be linking closely with local Online Centres, extending the impact of the Digital Garage and creating a partnership that will leave a lasting legacy of support for the people of Sunderland.

We’ve received a grant of £1.7 million from Google.org to support the work in Sunderland, as well as other national activity that will support communities to receive personalised digital skills training from the charity, via face-to-face and online training.

This activity will focus on helping people who already use the internet, but do so less than once a week or are only comfortable using one or two sites or apps. As part of the project, Good Things be helping 30,000 people learn digital skills and improve their employability and career prospects.

Helen Milner OBE, CEO at Good Things Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that Google.org is supporting our efforts to enable people with limited skills and limited experience of the internet to thrive online and realise positive outcomes both in work and in life. The funding will enable us to build local community campaigns to raise awareness of digital skills, and to develop new learning pathways on ‘Learn My Way’, our open online-learning platform, to help bridge the digital skills gap in communities across the country. Together we can help people get the most out of digital and all of the opportunities that it brings.”