Volunteers

Code Club volunteers go to a local community venue and help children aged 9 - 11 learn to make games, animations and websites, using the Code Club resources.

The Basics

  • 12 weeks minimum commitment
  • Volunteer solo or team up with a colleague or friend
  • Connect with a community venue via our website
  • One hour per week (usually after-school, around 3.30pm)
  • Around 15 children aged 9 - 11 in each club
  • No previous knowledge of coding needed
  • Help children use Code Club projects to make games, animations and websites
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”I think Code Club is brilliant, and my favourite moments are when the kids’ eyes light up when they get something right, or they have a new experience with technology that is fun and creative.”

Elbrie de Kock, Code Club volunteer

Read more volunteer stories on our blog

To volunteer at a Code Club you need to

  • Be available for up to one hour a week to help with a Code Club session in a local school, library or community venue
  • Commit to volunteering for at least one school term (12 weeks)
  • Have time to prepare for the Code Club session. This may include organising, printing resources and completing the project you will be doing with the children in advance
  • Organise a DBS check for yourself
  • Be happy to collaborate with the contact at the venue to make the club run smoothly
  • Be confident with computers. You don’t have to be a coding genius, most clubs start with simple programs like Scratch, but you need to be willing to learn

Please note: unfortunately we cannot cover expenses for our volunteers. You are not allowed to charge for your club. Code Club is always free for children to attend. Them’s the rules.

How Code Club support you

  • We guide you through your DBS check
  • Someone from the venue will be with you throughout the sessions
  • We provide great projects for the children which are step by step guides for creating games, animations and websites
  • Free online or face to face training sessions to get you started
  • Regional Coordinators - our local staff are on hand to support you
  • Events - come and meet other volunteers, connect with the community, learn from each other and network
  • We're on hand to help whenever you need us, get in touch at hello@codeclub.org.uk

Read more about the role of a Code Club volunteer.

Ready to go? Register on our site as a volunteer to contact a local venue and get started.

Register as a Volunteer

When you sign up on our site, we’ll take you step by step through the things you need to do to get started as a volunteer.

  • Create an account
  • Read the information about DBS checks and start the process
  • Complete our simple online training or attend a face to face training session
  • Your registration is now complete
  • Search for venues where you want to volunteer from your ‘Club Hub’. At this stage you will show up in searches and clubs might contact you too
  • If you can't find a venue, get in touch with your local coordinator and they can help
  • If you'd like to find someone to volunteer with, attend one of our events to meet a buddy
  • Once you have found a club to volunteer with, you’ll need to visit the venue to plan, meet the club host and show them your DBS certificate
  • The club host will add you to the club and an active club will appear in your ‘Club Hub’. You are now able to access all the extra resources we provide like certificates and posters, as well as competitions and offers
  • Use the Code Club projects, step-by-step guides for children to follow and create animations, games, websites to run your club

Top Tips

  • Contact a few clubs to find the one that best suits your availability. Remember: most school clubs are run on weekdays around 3.30pm.
  • Don’t wait until you have your DBS statement to start contacting clubs - do both as everything takes time!
  • Visit a local Star Club or watch our videos of clubs in action to get ideas before you start

Register as a Volunteer

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Getting a DBS

Find out how to get your DBS check for volunteering with Code Club.

Find out more

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Visit a Star Club

Want to see a club in action before you start volunteering?

Visit a Star Club

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Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Check out the answers in our FAQs.

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