Code Plus
Code Plus volunteers stimulate kids' curiosity about coding and STEM technology. You don't have to know how to code already to take part!
Various times
Southampton schools and Central Library
What is Code Plus?
Code Plus is a programme run in schools and Central Library which encourages children to learn about coding. This is done through Code.org programmes, BBC Micro:bit and practical coding demonstrations and activities.
What placements are there?
We offer a variety of different placements in our local partner schools and one library. Placements are offered at Swaythling Primary School, St Deny’s Primary School, Bassett Green Primary School, Moorlands Junior School, St Anne’s Catholic School, Upper Shirley High School, Bitterne Park School and Central Library.
Skills and employability
Teamwork outside of a university setting, coding, academic support, communication, tutoring, liaising with parents, behaviour management, leading children’s activities, delivering activities for varying academic ability, leadership, and flexibility are all skills you will gain by taking part in Code Plus. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience in developing social and public speaking skills, working in schools and with young people, is looking to separate themselves from the crowd in their CV, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
## Training and support
All of our programmes are supported by students and staff. As part of Code Plus, you will have sub-committee members, the Code Plus Coordinator (Dani Anthony), and the staff team (Southampton Hub Manager and the Youth Projects Officer) to speak to.
The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (eg behaviour management, routes into education etc) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placements. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers.
Can I still take part if I can't code?
You don't need to be an expert coder, you just need to be keen to learn and be enthusiastic about inspiring the next generation. With a short training session and some exploration, you will be ready to jump into one of our projects! We take all student volunteers for this project, not only those from STEM disciplines.
Reasonable adjustments
Code Plus is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Sophie at sophie.ford@southamptonhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Volunteering with Schools Plus won't cost you
We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Questions?
Email sophie.ford@southamptonhub.org who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the Code Plus committee for any further help and support.
You can also check out similar projects, such as Schools Plus or Libraries Plus, over on our What's On page.
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