Press Release Feb 2015
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release Feb 2015
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Bringing coding clubs to Wythenshawe!
What is Coder Dojo?
This global network of computer clubs is a place for young people to learn to code, develop
websites, apps, games and more!
What’s happening in Wythenshawe?
CoderDojo has recently seen a club open at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Portway,
Wythenshawe. On Sunday 25th
January, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group opened the first
session with great success:
"We were really excited after leaving the CoderDojo and have told all our friends at school about it. I
can't wait for the next one." Athena, aged 9.
"I really liked the Minecraft and learning how to do new things" Zanthe, aged 8.
Tell us more…..
Wythenshawe CoderDojo, is part of a growing global network of programming clubs, taking young
people out of their bedrooms and igniting their intelligence. The club encourages knowledge sharing,
discussions, creativity and an eagerness to find out more about coding.
Tickets for the Wythenshawe CoderDojo are free and the 40 places were all snapped up for the first
event within 24 hours of being released.
“This is an amazing initiative for the area. A great environment that is beneficial to young people and
their parents alike. The mentors leading the sessions are incredibly excited and devoted to the cause
which can only result in this club growing phenomenally” Stephanie Foster, Rullion IT Plus
Led by a group of volunteers, Wythenshawe CoderDojo is a joint initiative between Rullion IT Plus,
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Manchester City Council. Each session offers a
different learning opportunity including coding, developing websites, apps, programs, games,
exploring technology and meet like-minded peers to show off the things that they create.
Sarah Klueter, Assistant Director of Community Investment and Regeneration at Wythenshawe
Community Housing Group said: “There are highly paid technical jobs in Wythenshawe and the
surrounding area and these are not currently going to local residents. This club aims to help tackle
that skills gap and get more residents into this well-paid growth sector.”
Thanks to CoderDojo, young people can learn important skills that will really benefit them in the
future. The technology industry is strong in the North West, the UK and indeed worldwide. These
skills could be key to opening the door to numerous opportunities.
And the best feature about CoderDojo is that it is absolutely free! How many activities can you find
for kids these days that are free?
Wythenshawe CoderDojo sessions will be held on the last Sunday of every month at Woodhouse
Park Lifestyle Centre for young people aged between 5 and 15 years. (Parents are welcome to join in
and those 12 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
Equipment is provided but you are welcome to bring along your own laptops, Raspberry Pi and other
Spaces are limited and are snapped up fast so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date
with our latest news.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Rullion IT Plus are one of the UK’s leading IT and Business Change recruitment agencies. With over
27 years experience in delivery to a portfolio of blue chip clients, Rullion has grown organically
through investment in its people. With a turnover of nearly £165m in 2014, we place over 2,000
candidates per annum. www.rullionitplus.co.uk
About Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG)
• Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has been created to provide a group structure for
Willow Park and Parkway Green Housing Trusts. It came into effect from the 1st of April
2013 and will put Wythenshawe at the heart of social housing in Manchester.
• The new Group is responsible for over 13,500 houses across Wythenshawe and provides
employment to over 500 people.
• The Chair of the Board of the New Group is Cllr Eddy Newman and the Group Chief Executive
is Nigel Wilson.
• The new Group Structure provides an excellent opportunity to build on the strengths of both
Housing Trusts and work together to create efficiencies, meet the aspirations of our tenants
and to invest in and benefit the whole community of Wythenshawe.
• For more information visit www.wchg.org.uk