I love code – and I want to volunteer!
We’re excited that you are keen to volunteer and help to #getkidscoding!
There are 2 main ways you can get involved:
1. Reach out to an existing club to see if they need help running their club.
2. Introduce a new Code Club in your local community.
1. If you are interested in reaching out to an existing club:
Search for existing clubs in your area via this link: codeclubau.org/find-a-club and zoom in on your area.
Get in contact with the venue and existing volunteer. Since we run autonomously, we may be able to supply you with a contact email address however it is best if you contact them directly yourself. Some Code Clubs are run at schools and will not be open to volunteers from the greater community. Libraries however are likely to be open to everyone.
If there are no existing Code Clubs in your area OR you cannot get in contact with any existing Code Clubs OR the existing Code Clubs in your area are not looking for volunteers to help out AND you are still keen to get involved (we love you for it), the next steps would be to try and introduce a new Code Club in your local community. Please follow the steps below.
2. If you are willing to start a new club in your local community:
Please read the following info. There are 3 essentials to starting a Code Club.
- Approval from the venue (library manager, community centre organiser, school Principal etc.)
- A volunteer that will run the sessions (usually about 2 school terms) and holds a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). You can get your WWCC started right away. This will help you establish credibility when approaching venues.
- About 15 Children per class, who need to have access to a computer or laptop (bring their own or computer room).
Approach a venue that you think would be interested (e.g your local school). Discuss a day and time which they have regularly available to schedule your Code Club.
After you have found a suitable venue for your Code Club, Ensure you have a valid Working with Children’s Check. The application is free for volunteers in the majority of states. A quick google will get you there.
Please register your club on the map via this link:
Encourage kids from your local area to sign up. They need to sign up for a full term, and we recommend having around 15 in the class to allow for collaboration and be sure there won’t be too much strain on the instructor.
You will need to download Scratch to everyone’s computers in the class – or if they have a live internet connection you can use the web version here: http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/
All the materials you need for each of the lessons are available online here:
We recommend that the lessons be read at least a week ahead to help the instructor prepare. As long as you stay on top of it, Code Club is wonderfully simple and super easy to operate! We hope that the process is clear for you and that you have an easy journey to #getkidscoding as soon as possible!