Diversity coding workshop praised in charity report

The charity backed Agency launched six years ago and includes giving support to a coding workshop scheme in Manchester that aims to promote diversity in digital roles.

Joe Lepper | 25th Oct 19
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A coding and computer skill workshop to encourage diversity in the technology sector is among a number of projects detailed in a report into a charity funding scheme that is supporting young entrepreneurs in disadvantaged areas of the UK.

The Agency scheme launched in 2013, originally as a pilot, to help young entrepreneurs set up social action and creative arts projects for young people in deprived areas.

The scheme was originally devised to help young people in Brazil in 2010 before its UK roll out.

A report by the charities behind the scheme, Battersea Arts Centre, Contact and People’s Palace Projects, into its progress has been released this week. This includes details of Console.Code in Manchester.

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Console.Code was set up by young entrepreneurs Aaron Omotosho and Bayo Adetunde to run coding and computer skills sessions targeting groups that are under represented in digital careers. This includes those from black and minority ethnic communities (BAME), young women and those from poor backgrounds.

“Contact and The Agency has taught me to stick with my passion, I’ve always wanted to do something like this and with the support from Contact and The Agency they’ve shown me that it is possible to develop an idea and make it successful,” said Omotosho.

Since the project’s launch with Agency funding in March 2017, Console.Code has worked with 60 young people and secured £3,500 in additional funding, from Manchester City Council among others.

Aside from the coding workshop, other projects to benefit include a theatre company for care leavers and a music industry scheme.

Last month a survey by CharityComms, which represents those in charity communication roles including online and digital, released the findings of a survey into the lack of diversity in the sector. This found that 93 per cent of those in charity communications roles are white.

During the summer the #CharitySoWhite Twitter campaign was launched by charity workers to highlight racism and lack of diversity in the sector.