For Get Online Week 2016, we’ve brought together a broad range of experts who have developed a series of free online training sessions to support almost every aspect of delivering a successful campaign event.

Whether you’re looking for funding to support your activities, help building local partnerships, tips on better using social media or you just want to chat to someone who’s done it all before, there’s a session for you.

Q&A with those who have experience of running successful Get online Week events.

Friday 23rd September – 12.00-13.00.

Lian Pate from Banbury Switch will host this Q&A session. She has extensive experience of running fun and engaging digital inclusion campaign events that reach out to new people in her community.

We’re encouraging Get Online Week event holders to join the session to ask questions about planning and running their events. Lian will talk about what’s worked for her how they ensure engagement, what to expect on the day and how to make the most of the campaign after the event – including the retention of new learners.

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Writing better bids

Starts 28th July – 10.00-11.00.

This free, four part programme is designed to help you better understand the bid writing process, write more effective applications and improve your success rates, helping you gain more funding and improve the sustainability of your work.

This interactive packaged covers the full end-to-end application process. You’ll take on different roles throughout the four modules – bid writer, critical friend, assessor and reviewer – giving you valuable insights into each stage, which will enable you to produce stronger, more effective funding applications.

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Q&A with those who have experience of running successful Get online Week events.

Lian Pate from Banbury Switch, Aurelie Ramgoolan from Crofton Park Library and Julie Robinson from the Starting Point Partnership in Stockport will host this Q&A session. All three have extensive experience of running fun and engaging digital inclusion campaign events that reach out to new people in their communities.

We’re encouraging members of the UK online centres network join the session to ask questions about planning and running their events. Lian, Aurelie and Juie will talk about what’s worked for them how they ensure engagement, build partnerships and and make it all work on the day!

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Networking and Partnerships

Adam Bhardwaj – Development Officer at Bilston Resource Centre – will lead this session. Adam works to develop relationships with partner organisations to improve and expand the services offered by the organisation. A key aspect of Adam’s role is to develop new opportunities to complement the organisation’s core activities, and strengthen BRC’s links with a wide range of service providers in Wolverhampton and the wider Black Country area.

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Working with volunteers

24 August – 14.00-14.45

Led by Helen Dixon, This session will cover how to work with your volunteers during Get Online Week, including effective recruitment, roles and responsibilities, support and training and troubleshooting. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Helen has been working at The Intact Centre, a UK online centre in in Preston for 8 years, managing a team of 35 volunteers. She has completed an MA in Management in the Third Sector with Edge Hill University, and has taken the organisation successfully through Investors in Volunteering twice.

She has written and delivered a range of volunteer training programmes, and has hosted volunteer forums and celebrations as a way of keeping volunteers up-to-date and involved. Helen has written welcome packs and volunteer policies alongside being commissioned by other external organisations to deliver volunteer training programmes.

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Your digital footprint

This package of webinars has been put together to help you maximise the use of digital and social media tools, to help you further your reach, deepen your impact and maximise the impact of campaigns like Get Online Week.

You can either sign up for all four sessions, or decided which one(s) best suit your needs.

Jonathan Gilbert runs Social Media 4G, providing training, mentoring, consultancy and content management services around social media and digital marketing, particularly for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and small charities.

1. Easy web design with Weebly, Wednesday 14th September – 12.30-13.15
This session will provide a step-by-step guide to designing a website with this leading online web builder. Weebly provides a very cost effective, professional-looking and contemporary design solution. It does not require any previous web design experience or any knowledge of coding. Book your place.

2. Email marketing essentials, Wednesday 21st September – 12.30-13.15
This webinar will outline the importance of email as a key marketing tool, explain regulation and good practice around spamming and email communications, look at the main features and benefits of the free MailChimp tool and advise on the key building blocks for using email marketing effectively. Book your place.

3. Using Facebook to engage Learners and build your profile, Wednesday 28th September – Time 12.30-13.15
Facebook is still by far the most popular social media network in the UK but how do you use it effectively as an organisation? This session will draw on tried-and-tested development methods and practical examples to outline and explain the key elements of an effective Facebook strategy for any business or charity. Catch up here.

4. Using Twitter to network & collaborate, Wednesday 5th October – 12.30-13.15
Twitter is a popular and active social media network but many organisations struggle to initiate or maintain an effective plan to use it. Using practical examples, tips and tools, this webinar will help you Twitter in a productive and efficient way, to engage with stakeholders and develop opportunities. Book your place.

Running a successful event in a rural location

20 September – 13.00-14.00

Nyree Scott has spent more than a decade delivering and promoting digital skills in rural Cambridgeshire, working for Cambridgeshire Council’s Adult Learning and Skills department. She has managed a wide variety of projects and is an expert in providing novel solutions to rural delivery challenges, including working with Library Learning Centres , Community Access points in rural locations, social housing providers, mobile buses and even pubs!

This free webinar will help you support access to digital skills in rural areas through campaigns like Get Online Week. It will allow you to hear and share ideas and best practice for overcoming the challenges and barriers faced by people living in rural areas, to getting online and becoming confident internet users. It will include practical tips for working with volunteers, using local venues such as pubs and community centres, the use of mobile WiFi, and capacity building through partnerships in rural communities.

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