Good Things Foundation coordinates the Be Connected Network and grants program. We join the dots between Government and community organisations to ensure no one gets left behind.
We’ve built a network of 3,500 community organisations across Australia who help older Australians learn digital skills. These organisations range from libraries to Men’s Sheds, community centres to retirement villages, and computer clubs to cultural groups.
One thing they all have in common is their commitment to providing people over 50 with the skills and confidence they need to thrive in a digital world. A friendly face and non-judgemental support are always available when you walk through the door of any community organisation running the Be Connected program.
We support community organisations to deliver the Be Connected program through capacity building resources and training, ongoing mentoring and support, and providing skillsharing opportunities.
We manage the $20 million Be Connected Grants program available to community organisations in the Be Connected Network. These grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and help them to deliver programs that support their communities and build capacity in the sector.
We also manage the Be Connected helpline phone number, connecting learners with digital mentors near them, and have been running a national marketing campaign to raise awareness of the free support available to over 50’s in their community through this program.
We work in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Social Services to deliver the Be Connected program.
Together, we create a large-scale platform for social change and help older Australians be connected.
Discover how Be Connected is changing lives
Be Connected Evaluation
This evaluation assessed the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the Be Connected program.
Good Things Foundation welcomes Budget announcement, still more work to do
We welcome the 2020 Federal Budget announcement that the Be Connected program has been extended for 3 more years.
Be Connected Network turns 2
That’s two years of free, local support for people over 50 in their communities by organisations they know and trust.
The latest news and stories from the Be Connected Network
The popularity of the Be Connected program proves that using the internet confidently and safely is not beyond older Australians, with the program marking its one millionth learner...
$5,000 grants available for community organisations to provide loan devices and data for isolated older people.