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
Family Fund’s story
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity, providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. It took part in Good Things Foundation's HMRC Advice and Support programme.
Access to a device and data helped mother and son stay connected during COVID-19
The family received a data-enabled device delivered by her local Online Centre, Chell Area Family Action Group, as part of our Connecting Families project.
New device has a positive impact on Waqar after a challenging year in lockdown
We hear from Waqar's mother Parveen about the positive impact receiving a device from SmartLyte via our Connecting Families project had on Waqar and the wider family.