Specialist Networks

Within the Online Centres Network there are 9 specialist networks made up of organisations that are experts in supporting certain target groups, or certain areas of delivery.

If you’re a specialist in working in one of the below areas, we’d encourage you to join one of these specialist networks. Benefits include: 

  • Showcasing your expertise to partners
  • Access to partnerships and funding opportunities based on your specialism
  • Promotion as experts through the Online Centres Network centre search 
  • The opportunity to contribute to important research in your specialism
  • Consultation on the development of resources and materials related to your specialism
  • A discount on Good Things Foundation training and events
  • Regular newsletters, highlighting relevant news, features and events relating to your specialism

You can join any of our specialist networks at the bottom of this page.

Our Specialist Networks

Social Housing Network

From helping tenants to get online, to training staff as Digital Champions, the social housing sector is tackling digital exclusion in many ways. Members of this network can access expert and peer advice, to help their residents embrace the online world.


ESOL Network

This network is for centres which support learners to improve their English language skills, building integration in communities and helping people to become less isolated and have greater employment prospects.


Disability Network

Disabled people make up over half of the total offline population and can face additional barriers to getting online. Our Disability Network offers the specialist help and support that disabled people need to take advantage of the benefits that the online world can offer.



Health Network

Our Specialist Health Network offers support and advice on using computers and the internet to manage health and well-being. It provides friendly places in local communities for people to learn about NHS Choices, research local health services and more.


Home Access Network

The Home Access Specialist Network offers learners help and advice to get connected at home. All offer personalised support, and some also give learners a chance to try a range of available devices to find the one that’s right for them.


Employability Network

Through specially designed courses and specialist resources, this network provides friendly places in local communities for people to learn how to search and apply for jobs online, complete CVs and prepare for interviews.



Carers Network

Digital skills can add value to carers’ lives, by connecting them to others in similar positions and empowering them to take control of their own well-being and that of those they care for. The Specialist Carers’ Network supports carers in local venues or their own homes .


Rural Network

Poor connectivity, high levels of digital exclusion and limited transport links can mean those in rural areas face very specific challenges in overcoming digital exclusion. This network advises on how to improve access and develop skills in the rural population.


Older People Network

The Specialist Older People Network offers help and support for older people access all the benefits of digital. Older people can face accessibility, motivational and skills barriers - but the benefits of getting online include social inclusion, and better access to health information and services.


Specialist Network Management Tool

How to signup to a specialist network

Below you can sign your centre up to a specialist network by following these steps:

  1. Click the 'Application' button and select your organisation from the drop down list
  2. Select the specialist network you wish to join
  3. Agree to six default commitments and provide additional commitments if you feel your organisation offers specialised services.
  4. Click 'Submit' and we will review your application.

Reviewing current memberships

Please click the memberships button and you will be able to see a list of your centres and their current memberships

Expired memberships

If you have any expired memberships they will appear in an alert box below