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
“Since accessing the Databank… it’s been a like a weight’s been lifted”
Data and devices helped ease Elhum*’s experiences of juggling bills and managing family life.
Community Digital Skills Pathway helps Ali gain confidence and overcome isolation
Ali tells us how taking part in the Community Digital Skills pathway has helped him to become less isolated and more confident using the internet.
Samuel and Sheona on becoming Digital Champions
Digital Champions Samuel and Sheona tell us what the role is like and what they enjoy about it.