Our Network

At the end of the 16/17 financial year, the Online Centres Network boasted almost 5,000 members, comprised of community organisations, libraries, faith organisations, learning providers and much more.

Their reach and ability to tackle social challenges through digital inclusion is immeasurable. The members are diverse, but they have one thing in common: they put the needs of their community first to deliver a localised approach to the issues that are affecting them.

We’re a big club with a shared vision and what we do wouldn’t be possible without them.


In 2016/17 there were:

4,907

centres

2,791

libraries


226
centres in the Into Work network
111
in the Disability network
36
in the Home Access network
27
in the ESOL network
11
in the Carers network
23
in the Rural network
15
in the Health network


Specialist Networks


Specialist Networks
Within the Online Centres Network there are nine specialist networks made up of over 500 organisations. These organisations are the experts in supporting specific target groups who face particular barriers to becoming digitally and socially included.

From ESOL to health, disability to employability, these centres have the experience and resources needed to help their specialist group learn and make the most of what the internet has to offer.


Working With Libraries


Working with Libraries
One of our main focuses throughout 2016 was our work with libraries, which we did in a number of ways in 2016-17, including:

  • Concluding our Library Digital Inclusion Fund Action Research Project, working with 16 library services to investigate successful models of delivering and embedding digital inclusion activities.
  • Hosting two ‘Teachmeet’ events in conjunction with CILIP’s Information Literacy Group, to bring together library professionals from across the country to meet and share ideas.
  • Hosting a free event – Libraries Delivering Digital Inclusion – which was attended by over 100 delegates made up of library staff and stakeholders who got together to discuss the current issues facing the library sector.
  • Creating a new resource, Doing Digital Inclusion Libraries Handbook.


We couldn’t do what we do without the diverse, community based network of Online Centres, and so we’re thankful to all of them for their support.