“I love introducing kids to technology at Code Club, whether it's through coding or putting a new device into their hands for them to explore. For me, it's about exposing them to as many things as I can and allowing them to discover for themselves (with a little help from me).”Code Club volunteer
- Minimum commitment of one school term
- Volunteer solo or team up with a colleague or friend
- Volunteer for one hour per week (usually after-school or during lunch time)
- Support between 10 and 15 children aged 9 - 13 in each club
- No previous knowledge of coding needed
- Gain great volunteering experience and transferable skills
- Help children use Code Club projects to make games, animations and websites
Get started as a Code Club volunteer
Step 1: Check if your country has an official Code Club community and contact them for support, such as finding a venue or setting up your club. If you are based in the UK, USA or Ireland, you'll need to head to www.codeclub.org to get started. You can also contact our support team at [email protected] for more help.
Step 2: Take our online training on preparing to run a Code Club. This course will give you tips and support on how to get set up. We also strongly recommend that all volunteers complete our free e-learning safeguarding module.
Step 3: Find a venue, volunteers and students for your club. We suggest reaching out to local schools or community spaces and offering to run a Code Club for their students.
Step 4: Register your club on our website. When you register, you will need to provide a name and email address for a nominated safeguarding sponsor at your venue. Once your registration is complete the Code Club team will be in contact to verify your sponsor, before setting your club to active. When your club is active, you can start running your sessions.
Step 5: Work with your Code Club venue to plan how your sessions will run.
Step 6: Before you start volunteering, you must comply with local law and complete any local checks needed to work with children. Your club venue may be able to help with this.
Step 7: Use the Code Club projects, which include step-by-step guides for the children to follow, to run the club sessions. You don't need to be a coding expert to run a club, but you will need to go through the projects ahead of your Code Club sessions, to make sure you can answer any questions.
Step 8: Check out the extra resources for active clubs in your profile, including certificates to reward achievement and posters to help teach new coding concepts.
Please note: unfortunately we cannot cover expenses or provide hardware for our clubs or volunteers.
How do I start?
I'm ready to run a Code Club
If you have already found a venue, volunteers and children to take part in your Code Club, then you're ready to get started. All you need to do is register and nominate a safeguarding sponsor for your club.
Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions about starting a Code Club? Check out the answers in our FAQs.
How Code Club will support you
Our team are here to support you on your journey to becoming a Code Club volunteer:
- Based in a country with an official Code Club community? Speak to your local team and meet them at events in your country
- Email us at [email protected] for support
- Talk to us via Twitter or Facebook
- Our FAQs page is also full of useful information
Once you are part of a registered and activated Code Club you’ll have access to even more benefits, including:
- Downloadable resources to help you run your club, such as certificates, attendance registers, and posters
- Updates about new projects and resources straight to your inbox
- The chance to participate in competitions and enter prize draws to win goodies for your club
It's important that Code Clubs provide safe and fun spaces for children to learn. Please take a few moments to read our page on how to work with children safely.