Cardiff Code Clubs and launching of Youth Innovation Grant

Coding Club Launch Event

Coding is becoming an essential skill in the digital age, and is used widely by programmers and web developers, but also teaches essential skills around problem solving and logical thinking. Recent changes in Computing curriculum in primary and secondary schools, has meant that children are now encouraged to learn about ‘Coding’ from as young as 5 years old.

As a result of this, in partnership with Samsung, Code Club has recently set up a coding hub in Cardiff. Code Club is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. At the moment based in the City of Cardiff Council’s Digital Suite, the hub will allow local school children in Cardiff and surrounding areas to access facilities and resources to enjoy creative lessons in coding and learn essential skills.

At Cardiff’s Digital Suite, pupils from Baden Powell Primary School in Tremorfa and Y Bont Faen Primary in Cowbridge are already involved in a Code Club. At the launch event some of the pupils presented their work in an informative video to visitors from Samsung and other organisations. It was fascinating to see how computing lessons have changed since I was in school!

Pictured left to right: Partnership Manager for Samsung, Jessie Soohyun Park, Craig Thomas - Code Club Wales Coordinator and Graeme Jones, a Teacher from Y Bont Faen Primary with three of his pupils

Pictured left to right: Partnership Manager for Samsung, Jessie Soohyun Park, Craig Thomas – Code Club Wales Coordinator and Graeme Jones, a Teacher from Y Bont Faen Primary with three of his pupils

There are now almost 2,500 clubs in the UK, supported by five hubs including Cardiff. Code Club aims to increase this to include every primary school in the country. In order to do so, Code Clubs are constantly looking for volunteers to offer as little as an hour a week to run a local club. If you’re interested in volunteering in a Code Club near you, you can find more information on the Code Club website.

Youth Innovation Grant Launched

The City of Cardiff Council has launched a new Youth Innovation Grant!

We are currently developing new ways of delivering Youth Services across the city, which will meet the changing needs of young people.

An important part of our approach as a Council has been to involve the people that use the services in the decisions we take. When I blogged last May about the benefits of being a co-operative Council; this is another example of what I meant. Young people and organisations that deliver youth services have been, and will continue to be, involved in the process of shaping our youth services in Cardiff because they are best placed to do so.

The grant process is currently live and the closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th June at 5pm. Additional information, guidance and application forms are available for download from the links below: http://www.cardiffdebate.co.uk/news/youth-innovation-grant/

The financial pressures facing the Council mean the next few years will continue to be very difficult, so we will need to be more innovative in approaches.

Diolch,

Phil