Our pilot project Reboot UK, funded by Big Lottery Fund, comes to an end in September, and we’ll be looking to work with Big Lottery Fund and our other partners to look at scaling the model. Currently working with groups of people in poverty, with a focus on families, homeless people and people with mental health issues, we’ll look to explore how we can expand the programme’s reach both geographically, and by bringing in new audience groups.
In September this year, we’ll be launching an updated version of the Learn My Way website, which has been a long time in the making. Designed in an agile way, the site has been developed in close consultation with network partners and learners to ensure it works for learners both learning in centres and independently. The site will still contain all the courses that centres and learners know and love, but with a simpler and clearer user journey. Watch this space!
Over the coming year, we’ll continue to develop projects and plans outside of the UK, building up new partnerships and working with new audiences. Our main focus will be on the developing world, where we feel we can make the biggest impact. We’ll continue to develop the work we’ve done in the Philippines, as well as looking to develop pilots in Africa and Nepal. In addition to this, we’ll continue to develop our work in Australia, providing thought leadership, training and resources to help local partners develop their activity.
In July, delivery of our Google Garage programme began, with 100 centres receiving grants to upskill small businesses using the Google Garage site. The project aims to tackle the lack of digital capability many small businesses experience, using the reach of the UK online centres network to reach small businesses with low skills – who are often difficult to reach through other channels.
2016 will be the 10th Get Online campaign, and we’re hoping it will be our biggest yet. We’ll be working with new partners, and we’re hoping to sign up over 1,000 local partners to run events and activity during the week, ensuring it will have the biggest impact to date. Watch this space!
This Annual Review covers the period of April 2015 – March 2016. Our annual accounts are prepared on 1 August – 31 July basis, and will be published here after our AGM on December 2016.