Matched donation funds centre for young coders

Bank funds GoCode Academy to help tomorrow’s digital professionals get started.

James Hayes | 17th May 18
Image showing children learning computer skills through the GoCode Academy. Image: GoCode Academy

A community programme that runs after-school coding clubs and holiday technology camps has received £10,000 of matched funding from Santander’s Changemaker Fund.

GoCode Academy’s mission is to nurture the next generation of digital creators and make digital coding a skill accessible to all children and young people. It furthers this aim by running after-school coding clubs and technology camps for young people aged six to 18.

Participants can learn computer programming, website build skills, game design and coding, in addition to competences such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving. To provide equal opportunities, the organisation provides a scholarship programme for students from low-income backgrounds, backed by technology companies.

The Changemaker Fund is part of a collaboration between Santander and rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowdfunder. The Fund is set-up to help charities, social enterprises, and community groups deliver projects that improve communities and help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future.

The additional funding has enabled GoCode Academy to open a dedicated centre to house young coders and store educational equipment. This allows the Academy’s programme to provide more frequent events and clubs for young people eager to learn about technology.

“This funding from Santander has made our dream of offering our programmes to even more students come true,” added Robert Rajeswaran, CEO at GoCode Academy. “The centre funded by this contribution is providing the skills, space and opportunities to hundreds of students locally. We will continue to drive the education technology movement forward by opening more centres across the UK.”

The Changemaker Fund is part of Santander’s flagship community programme, The Discovery Project, which aims to inspire people to have confidence in the future through projects that build skills, grow knowledge, and support innovation.

“Being knowledgeable about computers and coding will only become more important in the future, so the work GoCode Academy does is essential,” said Sue Douthwaite, Managing Director at Santander Business Banking. “We’re thrilled to have been able to contribute to the new centre, and hope that many new students from all backgrounds can take advantage of the opportunity provided by the programme and build their technological skills to become digital leaders of the future.”

By working together with Crowdfunder, Santander aims to enable entrepreneurs and community groups to tackle social challenges and create positive local impact. Eligible projects seeking funds of up to £20,000 and focused on supporting skills, knowledge or innovation that get the crowd’s backing will receive 50% of their funding requirement from Santander so that the enterprise reaches its target.

As well as access to the matched funding from Santander, projects will benefit from crowdfunding team specialists with education, enterprise and coaching support to find further funds and create lasting impacts in communities across the UK.