Kid’s coding project seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help set up a series of computer programming 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.

Northumberland County Council is hosting information events for anyone keen to get involved or volunteer as a mentor to children aged 9-11.

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “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.

“Running a club is a fun and rewarding way to develop your coding skills too – and it will also be a worthwhile addition to your CV.”

Anyone keen to volunteer as a mentor with Northumberland Code Club is invited to find out more at one of our informal sessions at 6pm on Thursday, March 10, at Cramlington Library, March 11 at Hexham Library, March 15 at Morpeth Library and March 17 at Bari Tea, Alnwick.

Register to attend by calling (01670) 620185 or emailing nathan.fuller@northumberland.gov.uk