Joining Forces: a showcase of community services and membership networks

Brought together by Good Things Foundation, the Online Centres Network is made up of over 5,000 community organisations, all working to tackle digital and social exclusion by providing people with the skills and confidence they need to access digital technology. We offer a free and unique digital skills learning platform, Learn My Way, and we’ll be giving live demos of this at the event. There will be a small number of team members on hand too to talk about the many benefits of becoming a member of the Network

Locality is the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. They believe in the power of community to build a fairer society. They aim to achieve this through peer learning and connection through the membership network; specialist advice and support; and campaigning to create a better operating environment for community organisations.

UK Men’s Sheds are the support body for Men’s Sheds - community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. Come and talk to the Shedders on the day to find out more about setting up a Shed, or how your local Shed might be able to support you.

Smartlyte is a member of the Online Centres Network and a creative training delivery partner providing innovative solutions for all sectors throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, with the ability and capacity to engage with schools, education providers and parents. As 'The Voice For All Communities' they're experienced in engaging with hard to reach communities and non-English speakers. Through effective partnership working, we connect with isolated individuals and enhance their social mobility by making them more financially and digitally included. Their vision is to raise the ambitions and aspirations of entire generations of families and they are succeeding - one inspirational step at a times.

The National Trust has been committed to preserving heritage sites and open spaces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1895. In that time they’ve helped protect over 500 sites and almost 1 million pieces of art. Alongside this, they’ve used their reach to run social inclusion programmes, one of which is the Green Academies Project. This encourages young people in Birmingham, South London, Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Wrexham to understand what the environment around them faces and how they can play a role in preserving nature for future generations. Come along and talk to them on the day about their projects.