About us

Good Things Foundation is a social change charity that supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital.

Digital technology and community action are at the heart of everything we do.

We bring together thousands of community partners to make up the Online Centres Network, reaching deep into communities to help people gain the support and skills they need to change their lives and overcome social challenges.

"We believe that digital technology can support equality of opportunity, and ensure everyone can participate fully in today's society."

Helen Milner OBE

Group Chief Executive

Our history

2009

UK Online Centres is awarded the £30 million Smarter Government contract to support 1 million people to get online

2011

The Learn My Way online learning platform is launched as an expanded and updated successor to myguide

Online Centres Foundation becomes an independent social enterprise and staff-owned mutual

2012

We reach our target of supporting one million people to improve their computer and internet skills (8 months ahead of schedule!)

Helen Milner is inducted into BIMA's Digital Hall of Fame and named in the top 20 Britons in Digital

We run our first national conference, "Digital Evolution: Local action", at the BT Centre in London

2013

Online Centres Foundation is renamed as Tinder Foundation

We win funding from NHS England to deliver the Widening Digital Participation programme, supporting people to deliver their digital health literacy skills

We win funding from DCLG to run the English My Way programme with the British Council and BBC as part of the English Language Competition

The 500,000th learner is registered on Learn My Way

2014

We launch the "a Leading Digital Nation by 2020 report", setting out the cost of getting everyone in the UK online

We publish an independent report called Mobile: a powerful tool for Digital Inclusion exploring the role of mobile phones and tablets in helping people to get online at home
We are successful in our bid for the Government's Future Digital Inclusion contract, a five year programme to support one million people to learn basic digital skills

2015

Our Chief Executive Helen Milner is awarded an OBE for services to digital inclusion in the Queen's Birthday Honours

We start a 12 month digital inclusion pilot in the Philippines

2016

Tinder Foundation becomes a registered charity

We run the 10th annual Get Online Week campaign which has supported hundreds of thousands of people to get online

We changed our name!

In November 2016, Tinder Foundation is renamed Good Things Foundation and we officially reach 2 million people supported to use the internet since 2010

2017

We take our mission to Australia, creating Good Things Foundation Australia and begin delivering the Be Connected programme designed to support older Australians to improve their digital skills

2018

Helen Milner is appointed as Member of the Ministerial Digital Skills Partnership Board and co-Chair of the Local Digital Skills

We launch our Bridging the Digital Divide campaign in the UK, calling on government to commit to ensuring 100% of the nation is digitally included

Good Things’ Learning Team wins Learning Team of The Year Gold Award at the Learning Technology Awards

2019

We teamed up with J.P. Morgan to research how digital skills can address economic exclusion throughout the UK

Learn My Way is translated into Welsh

We're appointed by the Office of National Statistics to support the delivery of the 2021 census in England and Wales.

2020

Good Things Foundation partners with Accenture and Nesta to deliver the Future Proof: Skills for Work programme

Our first virtual Get Online Week campaign made a real impact reaching more than 20,000 people through 2,000 events

We launch DevicesDotNow an emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic providing support to the thousands of vulnerable people

We quickly establish the Response and Resilience Fund totalling £375,000 to enable Online Centres to continue to support their local communities

2021

Our See It Differently videos are viewed over 1 million times