SENDCode is a digital agency that provides opportunities for talented young neurodivergent creatives.
At SENDCode we do things differently. We have created a professional yet nurturing environment supporting individuals with disabilities, which enables them to be good at what they’re good at.
THE BACKSTORY OF SENDCODE
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) August 25, 2018
SENDCode became a programme of 1:1 support for young people with autism who were out of education but had skills in all things digital. We commissioned our first video for travel training, from our partners, Space4Autism in Macclesfield, to our first office at Innospace on MMU’s campus. We also managed to get our name out there with our own iDEA Award badge.
Thanks to @idea_award for our own badge. It will make it much easy for us to track the progress of @sendcoders Thanks to @bethnunn from @pieuksocial for her wise words on how to do just that! #collaboration #SEND #inclusion pic.twitter.com/ZxXpoKcuy1
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) November 20, 2018
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) March 1, 2019
The year we became a not for profit Social Enterprise! We began working with more young people through stop motion and in collaboration with YouthFed in Salford Quays, introducing Year 6 students to cyber security operation centres! This was also the year our partnership with Digital Advantage really began and the first year of several collaborative projects with PIE.
Thanks as always to @AndyLovatt6 and @digivantage for the tour of @FederationMCR with one of our @sendcoders talking about the possibility of him having an extended work experience from September. #SEND #DigitalInclusion #coding pic.twitter.com/CHLpMe0ohB
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) July 11, 2019
A bit of a strange situation today for @JonesRenardo watching himself in the video he has produced and edited with @MariSaeki from @GMAutismC @FederationMCR #begoodatwhatyouregoodat pic.twitter.com/y91eeejBdo
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) January 15, 2020
Working with National Autistic Society and Greater Manchester Autism Consortium, we produced our first campaign of video shorts telling positive stories of employment for people with autism. The digital agency was born! We also began to deliver remote sessions, thanks to Covid, for young people in Manchester, Stockport and Tameside – many of whom have later come back to us through DISC. And all this despite a pandemic!!!!!
We moved from Federation House to Holyoake House.
Sad to be leaving @FederationMCR after nearly two years there. We've grown so much as an organisation whilst there, but at least we're not going too far to our new studio at Holyoake House, home of @CooperativesUK looking forward to joining @pieuksocial and @digivantage too 😁 pic.twitter.com/RS1vdbQ2rN
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) October 27, 2021
Our collaborations continued to develop with Manchester City Council, PIE, Digital Advantage, the National Lottery, Co-op Foundation and WEA with a variety of programmes being developed which would later lead to the establishment of DISC, in partnership with Digital Advantage. This was the year that we also had a lot of support from Remtek and TextHelp to provide opportunities and assistive technology for our learners. Most importantly, the digital agency expanded with new employees, who had been through our education programmes.
We visited @Remteksystems this week with one of our @sendcoders and the #inclusive way they do things led to him feeling comfortable enough to agree to a week's work experience there in the #assistivetechnology industry. Thanks to all the team 👏 pic.twitter.com/V1gl9ULOaL
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) February 4, 2022
DISC was formed and our programmes went form strength to strength engaging young people who wouldn’t have had the opportunities they now do! DISC is a partnership with Digital Advantage to establish a Digital College in Manchester city centre that really allows young people with autism and other needs, to feel safe, valued and able to explore their digital interests with likeminded people! SENDCode led on the pre-internship offer whilst also growing content creation opportunities for the agency!
SENDCode becomes The Digital Agency, which offers fulfilling and paid work to young people who have amazing skills, but need the right environment in which to develop them. It also offers work experience opportunities to interns at DISC, with whom we are co-located at Holyoake House. Its such an inclusive environment we even spend time being creative about having fun at the expense of the boss.
Something spooky happened in the office yesterday… pic.twitter.com/JBr3XE9l89
— SENDcoders (@sendcoders) November 1, 2023