Are you great with kids?

Do you want the chance to inspire the next generation of computer programmers and maybe learn a few skills yourself? If so we are looking for volunteers to help set up a series of code clubs for children in Northumberland.  

Code Club is a nationwide after-schools programme run by volunteers which has helped thousands of children learn the basics of computer programming. Now there are moves to launch Code Clubs in Northumberland, with work underway to find venues and volunteers to help run the sessions. Code Club currently have over 6000 clubs in over 80 countries, and their club projects have been translated in 15 languages. The projects used in clubs are easy to follow step-by-step guides which help children learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations, and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow children to build their knowledge incrementally, meaning there’s also no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.

Code Club was founded in 2012, and in 2015 joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered UK charity. Code Club is a key educational programme for the Foundation, working to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code.

We live in a digital world, so it’s really important that children have the opportunity to learn the language of computers at an early age. Code Club does exactly that, offering a series of fun and educational sessions which inspires confidence in young people, allows them to express their creativity and make new friends.

Anyone can run a code club – it doesn’t matter if you’ve never written a line of code because all the advice, support and training you need to be a coding mentor is provided.

Benefits for you:

● you’ll play a key part in helping children gain skills that are useful to them not only learning to program, but also learning about computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and collaboration
● lots of transferable skills that will look great on your CV
● if you’re new to coding, running a Code Club is a fun and practical way to develop your coding skills

Volunteering with us and running your own club is a really fun experience and will help you develop your digital skills, as well as the children’s. There is an element of commitment to running a club – usually 1 hour per week, for 12 weeks. However, this is extremely flexible dependant on your availability. No technical experience is needed to volunteer as all club materials are provided, as well as training and ongoing support for you.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Code Club in Northumberland please complete our form below, or contact Nathan Fuller on 01670 620185 or nathan.fuller@northumberland.gov.uk.

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