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Good Ideas Institute

The Good Ideas Institute is our new online learning platform for the voluntary sector. Trainers working in the voluntary sector can now work together through one shared learning platform to sell their courses, reach more people and save costs.

Customers can purchase any of the courses from our growing online catalogue here. Please note customers don’t have to ‘join’ to make their purchases.





Then join us – share our learning platform, save costs and reach more learners!


How to join the Good Ideas Institute and sell your training online.

Step 1 – Our training programme for trainers

The Good Learning Journeys training programme is a practical ‘train the trainer’ course for designing, developing and facilitating online learning courses on our platform. As part of this course we support you to

All of this training and support costs just £350 – put simply, it is designed to get you up and running on the platform, designing and delivering quality learning experiences for your learners.

This one-off fee not only includes the training course itself and mentoring support but also one to one support to ensure you are confident and competent at using the platform (subject to you developing your course content to an agreed schedule). All trainers who work on the platform have to successfully complete this course and they are then awarded their Trainer e-badge.

Step 2 – Membership of the Good Ideas Institute

Trainers must successfully complete the Good Learning Journeys course before they can sell their online training courses or work on  our platform. (This is an important part of our quality assurance process for the Institute). Organisations and charities who wish to become a Member of the Good Ideas Institute must have at least one of their trainers successfully complete our training course. The organisation is then awarded the Member e-badge.

To learn more

On Friday 8th October 2021 we officially launched the Good Ideas Institute. The first trainers to complete the Good Learning Journeys course described their new online learning courses and what they have learned from the training.To hear directly from them check out our free demo course ‘Launch of the Good Ideas Institutehere.

If you’d like to arrange an informal chat, a demonstration or you’d like to discuss having your very own cost effective learning platform linked to the Good Ideas Institute please email us – we’ll be happy to talk you through that option too!


Who founded the Good Ideas Institute?

Dr. Sue Newberry is the Managing Director of Good Ideas Ltd. Sue has spent over 35 years working in and for the voluntary sector – as chief executive of a charity providing IT training for people with disabilities and then as a consultant and trainer. Sue explained ‘The Good Ideas Institute is a mechanism through which we can deliver our own training to more customers. We’ve also worked with wonderful trainers and charities over the years – they provide great quality training. So this is potentially a really useful way for them to generate more income and to reach more learners!’


"Quality Standards

Sue has a vast amount of experience within the charitable sector and it was very evident early on during our working relationship that we could learn from her knowledge and experience. Sue was regularly able to share best practice and her wisdom, which only helped us achieve the Invest in Volunteers Award in good time.

From minute one Sue was a pleasure to work with. Sue went above and beyond her supervisory role to ensure that we felt supported throughout the process. If we ever had a question Sue would be on hand to help us find the answer. Sue gave a lot of her time to try and truly understand our organisation and volunteers. This enabled her to provide well thought-out recommendations on how we can improve our Volunteer Programme moving forwards. Following the completion of the Investors in Volunteers Award, Sue has stayed in regular contact and has always made herself available to provide support when needed. This demonstrates that Sue really cares about her role and to making a positive impact within the charitable sector.

Having the Investing in Volunteers Award has provided a renewed confidence that we are working to best practice in all aspects of volunteer management. The Everton Family are proud of our long list of firsts. Indeed, in this instance we are the first Football Foundation to achieve the prestigious Investors in Volunteers Award.

I would work with Sue again at the drop of a hat and cannot recommend her more highly.In choosing to work with Sue you will be choosing a person who is honest, trustworthy, dedicated, and passionate about making a positive difference."

- Adam Howard, Volunteer Manager, Everton in the Community
Everton in the Community | Results


Undertaking research work such as feasibility studies, surveys, documentary analysis, interviews and consultations as well as leading research and development projects.



Building your organisation's through strategic business planning, fundraising and by training your board members, staff and volunteers.



Facilitating productive partnerships and healthy working relationships. Supporting cultural change and leadership & team development. Strengthening governance and management processes



Using quality standards to evidence the quality and value your work (Licensed mentors and assessors for Trusted Charity and Investing in Volunteers). Demonstrating your impact through external evaluation.

Supporting you to do more of what you're good at
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