The Creative Computing Club, which provides computing and technology workshops to young people across Suffolk, has received a grant from charity Seckford Springboard, which is part of the Seckford Foundation. The grant will enable the Club to reach more young people in rural areas, equipping them with technological skills and opportunities that will benefit their future careers.
The Creative Computing Club, established in 2012, provides computing workshops for 8 to 16-year-olds in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Campsea Ashe, where young people learn skills such as coding, video game design, robotics and data awareness. The Club also offers young people the chance to explore the latest tech developments such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, as well as working with global employers like IBM, Goldman Sachs, Amazon and the International Space Station.
The Seckford Springboard grant will enable the Creative Computing Club to host workshops for more young people living in rural communities across the county.
Matthew Applegate, Creative Computing Club founder, has an extensive background in the tech industry with previous roles at Apple, Sony, Disney and Nintendo. Matthew said: “The Creative Computing Club is all about inspiring and engaging young people with new skills that will boost their confidence, create friendships and advance social mobility. Young people in our workshops are achieving incredible things and working with some of the world’s biggest brands, right here from rural Suffolk. Thank you to Seckford Springboard for enabling us to continue this work and offer these opportunities to even more young people.”
Graham Watson, director of the Seckford Foundation, said: “We are delighted to award this grant to the Creative Computing Club in support of their fantastic work across Suffolk. The grant is part of Seckford Springboard’s aim to address rural disadvantage by supporting young people of all abilities and backgrounds, to access the skills, resources and opportunities they need to progress in education and beyond.”
Seckford Springboard offers grants to individuals and organisations in Suffolk, as well as Apprenticeship opportunities and mentoring for young people. For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.seckfordspringboard.org.uk.
For more information about The Seckford Foundation charity, which encompasses Seckford Springboard, visit www.seckford-foundation.org.uk.