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Digital Skills for Women, 2015 edition

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Following on from last year’s hugely successful Digital Skills for Women training in libraries across Manchester, we’re back once again – bigger and better than ever!

This time around we’re running twenty free 2-day workshops, covering four topics, for unemployed women across Greater Manchester – everything from the basic skills which are essential to today’s workplace through to computer programming basics, the very first step on the path towards a fulfilling career involving programming. Mainly though, these workshops are an opportunity to come along and learn something new, improve your job prospects, meet new people and (most important of all) have fun!

The Basic and Social Media courses are led by Digi Enable, recently recognised as being amongst the Top 100 Digital Leaders in the UK. Training is supported by the Workers Educational Association, and includes lunch and a contribution towards transport if you need it (just ask). To book a place, or if you have any questions, email, call MadLab on 0161 839 6324 (or 07549 312 267) or ask at a library.

Here’s the full rundown of what, where and when the courses are taking place:

Basic Computer Skills

Become a confident PC user. Learn how to use Microsoft Office, and find and share information on the internet.

City, Central Library  23rd & 24th March, 9.30am to 2:30pm
Salford, Walkden Library  24th & 25th March, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Stockport, Edgeley Library 26th March & 2nd April, 9.30 to 2:30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 27th March and 2nd April, 10am to 3pm
Tameside, Central Library 23rd & 24th April, 9.30am to 2pm

Getting to grips with social media

Don’t know your Facebook from your Twitter? Find out how to use social media for networking, communication and job searches.

City, Central Library  30th & 31st March, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Salford, Eccles Library 31st March & 1st April, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Stockport, Edgeley Library 23rd and 30th April, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 24th April and 1st May, 10am to 3pm
Tameside, Central Library 30th April and 1st May, 9.30am to 2pm

Introduction to Web Development

Learn how to make a simple three-page website using HTML and CSS, the building blocks of the web.

City, Central Library 27th & 28th April, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Salford, Eccles Library 11th & 12th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 8th & 15th May, 10am to 3pm
Stockport, Cheadle Library 6th & 13th May, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Tameside, Central Library 21st and 22nd May, 9.30am to 2pm

Introduction to Computer Programming

Want to make computing a major part of your career? Learn the ins and outs of coding and get started developing your own software.

City, Central Library 5th & 6th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Salford, Swinton Library 19th & 20th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Stockport, Edgeley Library 21st & 28th May, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Trafford, Urmston Library 22nd & 29th May ,10am to 3pm
Tameside, Central Library 14th and 15th May, 9.30am to 2pm

Sunday Code Club Salford – Term Dates & Twitter A/C

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Term Dates for February/March.

To confirm, the first club will start at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel St) on the 15th February from 2-3pm. We’ll be taking the following week off (22nd), and thereafter we’ll follow term times. I’ve set up a google calendar link for all the spring term events, but currently you’ll need to have a gmail account to access this. I will try and change this in the near future but for now, get in touch (email: if you have a gmail account and want access.

The running dates for this term are:

  • 15th February
  • 1st March
  • 8th March
  • 15th March
  • 22nd March
  • 29th March

All sessions are from 2pm to 3pm.

Twitter account

Code Club Salford has a shiny new Twitter A/C, if you tweet say hi to @CodeClubSalford

Monday sessions

Have been cancelled for this term, however keep checking as we will reinstate them later in the year :)



Salford Code Clubs: UPDATE

Friday, January 9th, 2015

From Sunday 15th February, MadLab will be running Code Clubs in Salford, from our new public venue on Chapel Street. The clubs will give Salford children their first introduction to programming, by teaching them fun and interesting projects that will develop their computing skills.


The taught languages will progress through Scratch (a visual, block based programming language), HTML (used everywhere on the web) and Python (a simple to understand, general purpose programming language – it’s used on the Raspberry Pi).

At 2pm on Saturday 24th January 2015, at MadLab Salford (216 Chapel Street), we will be holding a welcome session; to give Salford kids their first introduction to programming and allow parents to ask any questions they might have (and perhaps have a go themselves). If you are interested in attending, please register at

The success of these clubs largely depends on generous volunteering by programming professionals and hobbyists, without whom the Code Club network could not function. We have brought together volunteers from local companies and organisations including the University of Salford and the BBC at Media City.

If you wish to find out more, please contact

Never been to MadLab, Salford before?


MadLab Salford,
216 Chapel Street,
M3 6BY

Want a map? Here you go:

Code Clubs at MadLab

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities!

MadLab and Code Club have joined forces to create weekly Code Clubs for 9 – 11 year olds in Salford. The new after-school clubs will run at MadLab’s brand new offices on Chapel Street and in primary schools around the Salford area.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map


December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Why are we doing this?

IMG_5089At the moment there are only a handful of Code Clubs in Salford. In comparison, one in five schools in Manchester and London host a club. We want to give as many Salford children as possible the chance to learn to code – but we can’t do this alone!

The scheme needs enthusiastic volunteers who want to share their love of code with the next generation while taking part in a rewarding, worthwhile experience. Which is where you come in!

How does it work?

Code Club is typically attended by around 10 to 15 children and runs for an hour each week.

Each club is led by a teacher from the school and a volunteer from the IT industry. Volunteers are usually developers by trade and can work individually on a club or as part of a team.

Clubs begin with basic coding in Scratch – a really colourful drag-and-drop way to code. There are then options to then move on to HTML and Python further down the line.

Children work through a series of projects to create games, animations and websites, the focus is on making coding fun, the learning then happens on its own.

They get club certificates as they move through the projects, and there are opportunities to enter competitions or try out seasonal activities too.

Children love working through the projects and in a recent survey have rated them as 92% fun!

We need you!

IMG_5085Volunteering to run a Code Club is very rewarding. Here’s what some existing volunteers say about their clubs:

Getting feedback on how much the kids enjoy the club and seeing the creative spark – it’s worth every minute

Teaching at my Code Club is the most rewarding part of my week

I enjoy being part of the solution of teaching computing in schools


We’ll help you through the volunteering process with set-up advice, networking opportunities and ongoing support.

We would strongly recommend that if you work with schools and schoolchildren, you join the STEM Ambassador Programme. This is a national programme coordinated by STEMNET, and managed locally through the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), which offers, initial and ongoing training, DBS clearance and insurance (all free of charge). For more details see:

To register your interest email and visit for more information.

Come along and find out more from 6pm on:

December 10th at MadLab, Manchester (42 Edge Street) Google Map


December 12th MadLab, Salford (216 Chapel Street) Google Map

Hotdesking available at the new Salford MadLab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We’re moving into our new Salford Venue next week where we’ll have lots of desk space available for hire. If you’re interested in hot desking with us in our new space, get in touch via

We’ll be offering desks at £90pcm on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you’d like to visit the space to have a look first, just drop us an email and we’ll arrange a date to show you around.

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P.S We’re counting on you to use your imagination to picture the missing desks we’ll be putting in when we arrive!