Volunteering with DigiLocal

Mentoring with DigiLocal @ Docklands

Supporting communities with tech clubs couldn’t happen without our fantastic volunteers. If you’d like to share your passion and enthusiasm for tech with the next generation, then please consider volunteering!

The core role of a DigiLocal Ambassador is to support the development of resilience and problem solving in our young people. The three phrases you’ll probably use most are:

  • Explain what should happen
  • Describe what did happen
  • What does your code / blocks actually say

Between those first two the young person will often realise the error and be proposing (or coding) solutions. If they’re still stuck, you always have the project guides to fall back on. Even when they’re developing their own game ideas, you can use mechanics from the project guides to help them (this is also a really good way to manage your time as we’re not really providing 1-2-1 tuition).

You don’t need to be an expert in any particular software language / methodology. Many of our young people are only 8yrs old; whatever language they’re using now probably isn’t going to be the one they use in 10yrs time!

You don’t need to think of cool things to do with a club. All our laptops have loads of project guides for the young people to follow. We also provide frameworks to help them develop their own ideas and games.

Volunteering is good for you!

STEM Learning evaluation of STEM Ambassador experiences (https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/join-stem-ambassador-programme)

Register online now!

If you’re already a registered STEM Ambassador or Code Club then we can connect you immediately with clubs looking for support; if you’re not, we can;

  • help you through the DBS checks,
  • introduce you to the technology being used (mostly Scratch and Python),
  • work with you to engage with a venue, and,
  • make sure you’ve all the kit you need.

In return we just need 1hr of your week, once a week. If you can find a couple of colleagues then you can take it in turns.

All our DigiLocal Ambassadors are registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) via Graphic Science, the STEM Ambassador Hub for the West of England.