Every centre manager, staff member, tutor and volunteer within the network is invited to join our Online Centres Network Facebook group.
Connecting the network
One of the great strengths of the Online Centres Network is how it brings together those who support people who need it in thousands of communities across the UK. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to connect to each other - to share your experiences and learn from each other’s struggles and successes.
We hope the Online Centres Network Facebook group helps you realise that although it can often feel like it, you’re not on your own in the work you do helping people improve their lives. There’s almost certainly another Online Centre facing exactly the same challenges as you, whether in the next town, or at the other end of the country.
We want the group to be a positive and useful space for everyone, so we’ve established a few guidelines, but we think most of these things will be common sense to everyone.
Some of the key things we think the group could be useful for are:
Questions If you’re struggling with a particular local issue, use the group to find out how someone else has dealt with it.
“We’re struggling to build a referral relationship with local JCPs. Does anyone have any tips?”
Celebrations If you’ve got some local press attention you’re really proud of, a particular project has turned out great or you won an award, share it with the group. Success for one centre is a success for the whole network and you never know what your colleagues might be able to learn from what you’ve been up to.
Funding We know funding is hard to come by and there’s never enough for everyone who needs it. However, if you’ve had success applying for funding or working with a partner and you think it’s something other Online Centres could benefit from, please do share the info.
Voting Individual centres are often shortlisted for awards recognising their hard work and these can be open to a public vote. If this happens to you, let the group know and get the support of the Online Centres Network
These are just some suggestions, the conversation really is up to you!
A group for YOU
The group isn’t another channel for us to tell you stuff about us, so we won’t post lots of links back to our sites. The group is for YOU, to help you connect with fellow centres and really be part of a network.
The Online Centres Network team at Good Things Foundation will provide some light moderation to make sure group members do represent an Online Centre, and that conversations stay civil.
As the Facebook group is private, not just anyone can join - only staff and volunteers from members of the Online Centres Network. We hope this means the group will be a place you feel happy to chat freely about your centre's achievements and struggles.
Nothing you post will be visible to your Facebook friends or appear on your wall, which should help you keep your work and personal lives separate.
To join the group, visit www.facebook.com/groups/onlinecentresnetwork and make a join request. A member of the Good Things Foundation team will accept the invitation and you’ll be ready to join the conversation.