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Coronavirus Statement

Anisah Osman Britton
Mar 16 · 4 min read

23 Code Street is going online!

Hello!

Last week at 23 Code Street, we closed our physical office doors for the foreseeable future due to concerns around COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

Our priority and commitment will always be to safeguard our students and team, whether that is mentally or physically, on our mission to make coding and technology education accessible.

Given this, we took a decision to ensure we weren’t putting anyone in harm’s way- whether directly or indirectly by impacting people’s families and/or other vulnerable people who may come into contact with any of us.

We are also aware of the feelings of sadness, worry, grief, and panic. We are ensuring our team and students have the time and space they need to deal with this. Everyone’s concerns and responses to this previously unexperienced situation are different and valid. Let’s be mindful in our approach.

We will not tolerate the dismissal that this “only” impacts older people and those with underlying health issues- those people are our family, friends, children, and us…Let’s ensure we are protecting our vulnerable. Physically and emotionally- they need to know we care and we’ve got their backs.

What does this mean?

Yes, it is an uncertain time ahead and I wanted to share that, honestly, with you. We’ve already lost money through events and contracts that have been cancelled.

This, of course, impacts our team.

However, we also know that this provides a moment for opportunity- for work, for community, for kindness. Also, with more people working from home, maybe it’s time to start learning that coding thing you’ve been thinking about 👀

We already have online classes and will be ramping this up. Here’s a selection of things to come:

  1. Online courses:
    Our next 12-week (part-time) web development foundation course will be run online for the first time ever with excellent teachers from around the world- this virus has brought us closer in many ways! We will be bringing down our costs for this from our usual £1750 to £600 as we can increase numbers of students and decrease overheads. Applications are now open and spaces are limited.
  2. Masterclasses:
    Each Friday lunch, we will be running a one-hour Masterclass with an expert in their field. This will be open for everyone to sign up to regardless of gender. Classes include: “What is Code?”, “Getting into Open Source”, “Agile Software Development”, and “Making online accessible”. Booking is open for the first Masterclass and there’s currently a discount if you buy a pack of 6.
    If there’s something you’d particularly like to see, we want to hear it!
  3. Podcast:
    We are back! Sorry for the hiatus. Starting from next week, we’ll be demystifying technology for you. Here are episodes one and two for you!
  4. Newsletter:
    We are going to have reads of the week, coding exercises, videos to watch, books to buy, and more. Trust us, we’re not going to let you get bored.
  5. Finally, we’ve been asked how you can help.
    We appreciate this. Our biggest ask is that you become each other’s support system. Let’s create a welcoming place online.
    1. We anticipate lots of people will want to get online in a meaningful way at this time. If you can volunteer your time to help small businesses, freelancers, anyone else, then please do. We are happy to open up our Slack to anyone who wants to build projects with others. We will run a webinar on the best way to set up remote projects for those new to it. If you’d like to join our Slack, email us.
    2. We will be setting up a mentoring scheme. It’s for those in the industry to help those getting into the industry. We’ve already got some incredible people signed up! We could all do with some genuine connection and support at this time. Give us a few days as we sort out the logistics. If you work in tech and would like to be a mentor, please sign up here.

None of us has ever seen anything like this before so we aren’t going to act like we know what we are doing or where this goes. What I will personally say though is we are here for you, we care about you, and we’re ready to have a hell of a lot of tech fun over the next few weeks.

All my love,

Anisah Osman Britton

CEO
anisah@23codestreet.com

23 Code Street classroom with Anisah in the window reflection
23 Code Street classroom with Anisah in the window reflection
On my way out of the office for the foreseeable!

We are a coding school for women.

Anisah Osman Britton

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Founder @23CodeStreet ⚡ 👩🏽‍💻 🍩 📖 🌍 💁🏽‍

23 Code Street

We are a coding school for women. For every paying student we teach a disadvantaged woman in India. 1 for 1.

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