About the network
The Online Centres Network is made up of thousands of hyperlocal organisations who transform lives through digital every day.
Good Things Foundation coordinates the Online Centres Network. We join the dots with other organisations, helping people to navigate a complicated world in order to become happier, healthier and better off.
The network is made up of community centres, public libraries and social enterprises, but equally can be found in village halls, places of worship, cafes, social housing, retirement homes, on mobile buses, in pubs, clubs and bingo halls. One centre in Stockport is based in a fish and chip shop!
Known in their local community, centres establish relationships based on trust which enable them to engage those who would not normally engage with public services. A friendly face, a hot drink and non-judgemental support are available when you walk through the door at any Online Centre.
Centres provide a wide range of services and support spanning topics like employment, health and wellbeing, homelessness, refugee integration, and ESOL. Some have other specific functions, such as hosting a youth club or running a food bank.
Together we create a large-scale platform for social change, working directly with the people who benefit the most.
Stories from the network
Money anxieties relieved through local support
How Start Point helped Ronald overcome his money worries and get support.
Getting your finances in order with digital
Crossgates and District Good Neighbours scheme has helped dozens of elderly people find the confidence to use the internet to manage their money.
Getting in control of your finances through digital
SmartLyte, one of Good Things Foundation’s ‘Nobody in The Dark’ programme community partners, tell us how they’ve been supporting vulnerable people to improve their financial literacy through digital skills training.