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A project by Rebel Labs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General questions
  • What is Rebel Makers?
    Rebel Makers is the network of peer-to-peer making clubs for people of all ages. Clubs are founded and run locally by brilliant volunteers who dedicate time each month to growing an inclusive learning community for people of all ages and abilities to explore and learn with technology.
    How does it work?
    Rebel Makers is centrally managed, with local Clubs being set up and run by our awesome volunteers. Clubs meet monthly to exchange existing and learn new skills in an open, informal learning environment. At our Clubs, Rebels are given the opportunity to learn and explore a variety of things, including electronics and programmable hardware, writing code, design and media production. Each Club will have their own groove, but all will give you the opportunity to participate in a skills exchange while growing confidence, making friends and playing a positive role in your future.
    Who can join Rebel Makers?
    Absolutely anyone with an interest in technology and the digital world can join Rebel Makers. Our Clubs are age, ability and background agnostic, meaning there is a place for you in our community regardless of your age, where you come from or your previous experience.
    What age range is Rebel Makers for?
    Rebel Makers welcomes people of all ages to the community - there is no minimum or maximum age.
    How do you make sure Clubs are a safe environment for people of all ages?
    We take the safeguarding of all Clubs very seriously. This means creating an environment that is safe and fun for every Rebel, not least those most at risk including children and vulnerable adults. Every Club Leader, plus one other volunteer, is required to hold a clean DBS certificate before they are allowed to begin a Club. We have a strict Safeguarding Policy which all Club Leaders will ensure is upheld, as well as a Code of Conduct which must be followed by everyone. All Clubs must also complete a risk assessment to ensure the environment they are operating is safe for everyone in attendance. There are some extra measures that need to be put in place to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. Rebels aged 11 or under must bring a parent/guardian with them, and if those ages 16 and under, or who might be considered a vulnerable adult, must have a signed parental consent form before their first Club.
    Do you have a Code of Conduct?
    Yes. We require everyone associated with a Club - be that the Leader, Rebels, volunteers, guests - to read and adhere to the Rebel Makers Code of Conduct. You can find the Code here.
    Who started Rebel Makers?
    Rebel Makers is a project by Rebel Labs, a community interest company based in Birmingham. You can find out more about Rebel Labs here.
    Can I donate to or support Rebel Makers?
    Yes! We rely on the support and sponsorship of individuals and organisations to continue the work of Rebel Makers.
    Is Rebel Labs a charity?
    No, Rebel Labs is a community interest company. This means that although we are not a charity, we put all profits back into the organisation to further our work and benefit our community. Rebel Labs publish the financial information behind every project to ensure transparency at all times.
  • Questions for Club Leaders
  • What is a Club Leader?
    The Club Leader is the title we give to the volunteer who decides to start a local Rebel Makers Club. They are responsible for the month-to-month organising and safe running of a Club, which includes the distribution and enforcement of all safeguarding procedures. Club Leaders act as the main point of contact for Rebels, local supports and Team Rebel.
    What do I need to know to run a Rebel Makers Club?
    To run a Rebel Makers Club there are a couple of things you need to know. Most importantly, you need to be a people person with a can do attitude. We’re trying to build a strong community through Rebel Makers, and you will be the heart of your local gang. While we don’t require any formal qualification or prior experience (with the exception of a DBS check or regional equivalent), you’ll need to complete some basic training and onboarding before starting your Club. Team Rebel will complete this via a series of three calls, or in person. Additionally, a member of Team Rebel will be with you at your first Club to ensure you have everything you need to kick off your Rebel Makers in style. At your Club you will be creating an open and informal learning environment where Rebels are encouraged to work on their own projects, create new ideas to work on together, or simply experiment with technology. There is no formal syllabus or official structure to a Club - we encourage you to work in a way that suits you and your community. Team Rebel can help you to facilitate the best learning environment.
    I’ve not got any technical skills, can I still run a Rebel Makers Club?
    Absolutely! We do not ask for any qualifications or experience as a requisite to start a Rebel Makers Club. As Club Leader is principally a facilitation role, you will bring excellent communication, organisation and management skills to the table. These are valuable to all your Rebels and instantly give you something to share. The skills and technology your group will explore will likely be varied and eclectic - so we don’t expect you to be an expert on everything! As long as you have an interest in the digital world, and are willing to seek out expertise to help your Rebels, that’s all we ask! Remember, Rebel Makers is also a great chance for you, as Club Leader, to broaden and grow your skills alongside your Rebels. Team Rebel can help in growing your community to try to ensure you have a wide variety of skills represented at your Club. We provide links to a number of technical resources should you find yourself in need of further assistance and, most importantly, the Rebel Makers community around the country will be on hand to help you at any time through our Slack channel.
    How do I become a Club Leader?
    To become a Club Leader, you will need to go through three simple onboarding phases with the help of Team Rebel. Each phase will begin with a phone call, or an in person chat, which will outline the steps needed to complete this portion of the new Club registration process. Our process to on-board new Club Leaders is split into three phases: 1. Introduction This gives an overview of Rebel Makers & Rebel Labs, discusses requirements and venues, and is a chance for both us and you to make sure this is the correct opportunity for you. 2. Logistics Phase two covers things like our MOU, safeguarding policies, incident reporting etc. We cover all logistics to make sure you are confident and comfortable with the everyday running of a Club. 3. Pre-event planning Our final phase will cover step-by-step everything you need to have in place prior to your first Club. This phase is completed by you running you first Club with the help of a member of Team Rebel. If you think you would like to start a Rebel Makers Club in your area, please get in touch with Team Rebel.
    Do I need a DBS (or similar) check to become a Club Leader?
    Yes. Every Club Leader is required to hold a clean DBS certificate (or regional equivalent). A copy of your DBS certificate must be sent to Team Rebel before you can begin your Club.
    Why do I need a DBS check?
    It is compulsory for anyone regularly working with children under the age of 18 to have an Enhanced DBS check in England and Wales, or regional alternative in Scotland/Northern Ireland. Rebel Labs require every Club Leader + at least one other facilitator to hold a clean and up to date (in the last two years) DBS check. More information about DBS checks can be found on gov.uk here.
    How do I get a DBS check?
    There are two ways in which you can process your enhanced DBS check: Become a STEMNET Ambassador STEMNET’s STEM Ambassadors Programme is open to volunteers who want to inspire young people in any area of STEM. As part of this initiative, STEMNET will process your enhanced DBS check free of charge. Everyone who signs up to become a STEM Ambassador will go through an induction training session during which their identity documents will be checked by STEMNET staff for the purposes of processing an Enhanced DBS Disclosure application on their behalf. Once you receive the DBS statement and become an Approved STEM Ambassador, it is important to keep STEMNET informed of your Rebel Makers activities (by emailing your regional STEMNET contact, or by updating your STEM Ambassador profile). Use an umbrella body If you do not wish to become a STEMNET Ambassador you can process your DBS check via a Government approved umbrella body for a small admin fee (usually around £18). Team Rebel will provide more details about this route during your first on-boarding call.
    I live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, where can I find our more about my regional DBS equivalent?
    For Scotland and Northern Ireland, the rules are slightly different. If you live in Scotland you'll need to apply for the PVG Scheme via Disclosure Scotland. For Northern Ireland, please see AccessNI.
    Do I need insurance?
    As a Club Leader, you will be covered by your venue’s Public Liability Insurance. However, it is your responsibility to ensure both you and Team Rebel have a copy of the insurance statement.
    Can you find me a suitable venue?
    Team Rebel can absolutely help you to source a suitable venue, and will provide as much information as possible on what makes a suitable venue, and what does not. As the person on the ground locally, it will be your responsibility to visit prospective venues, documenting their space and finalising the terms of use for your Club. Wherever possible, Team Rebel will link you with contacts, friends and partners we have in your area to help with the search for a venue. You can find out more about suitable venues here.
    How will I know what to do as a Club Leader?
    The new Club on-boarding process will give you all the information you need to execute the role of Club Leader with confidence and flare! We’ll run through how to plan your Clubs, what sort of things you might do at a session and lots more. Team Rebel will also provide all the information you need to logistically run your Club month-to-month. The majority of this information can be found in the Logistics pack. As with anything Rebel Makers, if you ever need more support, assistance or just someone to chat things through with, never hesitate to get in touch with us via phone or email.
    How much time is needed to run a Rebel Makers Club?
    We estimate that you will need to have around 6 hours of time a month to commit to Rebel Makers. This is broken down as follows: - 4 hours per Club i.e. 3 (or longer if you wish) for running, 1 for set up - 2 hours* for organising throughout the month We think the organising time will decrease as your community becomes established, you get into a rhythm with your venue and you get more used to steps between Clubs.
    How long are Club sessions?
    We recommend sessions should be no shorter than three hours - you’re only meeting once a month so people need to feel the value of that time. If you would like to run your sessions or longer, we would actively support you to do so.
    Can I visit a Club before I decide to start my own?
    Yes! If there is a Club nearby, or you are willing to travel, we’d definitely recommend visiting an established Club before starting your own. This will give you first hand experience of the learning environment you will create, the community you’ll grow and, most importantly, the positive effect the Club can have on a diverse group of people.
    Can I charge for my Rebel Makers Club?
    No. Rebel Makers is founded on the ethos that Clubs are - and will always remain - free and accessible to absolutely anyone. Charging a fee for your Club will place a significant barrier on participation, and we cannot support this.
    Where can I get support?
    If you feel like you need some extra support, you can always come to Team Rebel. We will do everything we can to make sure your experience as a Club Leader is comfortable and rewarding. We also recommend taking an active part in our Slack community where you will be able to connect with other Club Leaders around the UK. We hope you will feel enabled to share best practice and your experiences of running your local Club to create a strong and sustainable peer network of Club Leaders.
    Can I get sponsorship for my Club?
    Absolutely! We encourage you to seek local sponsorship for your Club. We’ve put together tips, guidelines and documents to help you, while Team Rebel will always be on hand to provide further advice and support. Find out more about sponsorship here.
    Can I make my own Club logo?
    We sometimes get requests from Club Leaders who would like to adapt the Rebel Makers logo to make it specific to their Club.While we appreciate Club Leaders wanting to distinguish their Club, we ask that you do not make any amendments to the logo, such as adding backgrounds or words. We ask this because we are trying to build a community through Rebel Makers, and we do not want to compromise the brand we have worked hard to create. We want more than anything for Club Leaders to feel like a valued part of the community, therefore we are more than happy for Club Leaders to use the logo in its current format when advertising their Club. Additionally, for each new Club, Team Rebel will create bespoke posters and other promotional collateral to allow you to promote your individual Club. These can be found in your Google Drive folder you will be given access to upon completing registration.
  • Questions for Participants
  • Is Rebel Makers safe?
    We take the safeguarding of all Clubs very seriously. This means, creating an environment that is safe and fun for every Rebel, not least those most at risk including children and vulnerable adults. Every Club Leader, plus one other facilitator, is required to hold a clean DBS certificate before they are allowed to begin a Club. Additionally, we have a strict Safeguarding Policy which all Club Leaders will ensure is upheld, as well as a Code of Conduct which must be followed by everyone. All Clubs are conducted in open spaces, to ensure no Rebel is in any danger of being put in a compromising position. There are some extra measures that need to be put in place to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. Rebels aged 11 or under must bring a parent/guardian with them, and if those ages 16 and under, or who might be considered a vulnerable adult, must have a signed parental consent form before their first Club.
    Is there a Rebel Makers Club near me?
    Check out our website to find out where your nearest Rebel Makers Club is. If there is not a Club near you please get in touch with Team Rebel to let them know where you would like to see a Club. We’ll put the word out and do our best to help out. Register for updates to find out as soon as a Club is founded in your area.
    What benefits are there to joining a Rebel Makers Club?
    There are many benefits to joining a Rebel Makers Club - and we’re not just saying that because we are biased! Rebel Makers promotes lifelong learning through creating open, informal learning environments where Rebels share knowledge and exchange skills peer-to-peer. This creates a supportive and caring community where everyone feels empowered and enabled to learn. At Rebel Makers Clubs, you are given the freedom to curate your own learning experience by choosing the skills and technology you would like to explore. Wherever possible, your Club Leader will facilitate you to realise you digital ambitions at your Club. Our total belief in an age, skills and experience agnostic environment has fostered a diverse community that has implications far beyond digital skills; growing the tolerance, understanding and confidence of Rebels while allowing you to meet and engage with a variety of fun and interesting people.
    What do I need to do to become a Rebel?
    To become a Rebel, you simply need to register for your local Club. You will be asked to agree to our Code of Conduct, and consent forms depending on your age/status. When you have attended your first Club meeting, you will be invited to join our online community via Slack.
    Is there a minimum or maximum age for a Rebel?
    No, you are eligible to become a Rebel at any age. We believe segmenting along traditional boundaries such as age is not necessary to create a strong, peer network.
    What safeguarding measures do you have in place for different age groups?
    - Rebels aged 11 or under If a Rebel joins your Club who is aged 11 or under, they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to meet ups. The reasoning behind this is twofold. Firstly, it adds a further level of protection for the young person. Secondly, there is no reason why a parent/guardian cannot join and get a lot from the Rebel Makers community, not least through sharing an interest and experience with their child. - Rebels aged 12 to 15 If aged between 12 and 15 inclusive, Rebels are free to attend Clubs without their parent/guardian. However, they must present a signed parental consent form in advance of their first session. This group also have the power to consent to their personal data being used. However, we recommended that their parent/guardian also give their consent. - If a Rebel is considered to be a vulnerable person as described in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 c47 Similar to Rebels aged 12 to 15, any Rebel considered to be part of a vulnerable group must have their legal guardian provide consent for their attendance at a Club. Again, these Rebels are allowed to give consent for the use of their personal data, yet we would again recommend getting their guardian’s consent as above. - Rebels aged 16 - 120 Rebels aged 16 and over have freedom beyond measure! The only added consideration for this group is the personal data consent form. Every Rebel must be aware of and respond to this form. Club Leaders must keep a copy of all forms, and ensure only those who have given consent for their data to be used are asked to do so. - All Rebels Every Rebel, workshop facilitator, volunteer, parent and Club Leader who is part of or engages with the Rebel Makers community must abide by our Code of Conduct.
    What skills do I need to have to attend a Club?
    You don’t need to have any specific skills to attend a Rebel Makers Club. All we ask is that you are willing to share whatever skills you do have with other participants, and be willing to learn and explore new areas of the digital landscape. The skills you have already don’t need to be technical - you might find Rebel Makers is the right environment for you to begin your tech journey. Your skillset might lie in public speaking, project planning or break dancing. We firmly believe everyone has as much to give as they have to gain.
    Do I need to bring my own laptop or other device?
    If you have a laptop, tablet, Pi or any other piece of hardware, it would be most awesome if you can bring it to the session. This will ensure you always have a device to work on. If you have old or spare hardware that you are able to bring along - or even donate - to your Club, that would be truly wonderful and much appreciated. However, if you do not have your own device it is likely that Clubs will be able to facilitate you with some form of technology. Be sure to let your Club Leader know that you do not have your own equipment so they can make adequate provision beforehand.
    When does a parent/guardian need to accompany a Rebel?
    A parent or guardian needs to accompany any Rebel who is aged 11 or under. Parents/guardians are required to stay for the duration of the Club. However, parents are encouraged to become Rebels in their own right, and to actively participate in the skills exchange to share their knowledge and learn new things about the digital world.
  • Questions about Safeguarding
  • What safeguarding measures do you have in place for different age groups?
    - Rebels aged 11 or under If a Rebel joins your Club who is aged 11 or under, they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to meet ups. The reasoning behind this is twofold. Firstly, it adds a further level of protection for the young person. Secondly, there is no reason why a parent/guardian cannot join and get a lot from the Rebel Makers community, not least through sharing an interest and experience with their child. - Rebels aged 12 to 15 If aged between 12 and 15 inclusive, Rebels are free to attend Clubs without their parent/guardian. However, they must present a signed parental consent form in advance of their first session. This group also have the power to consent to their personal data being used. However, we recommended that their parent/guardian also give their consent. - If a Rebel is considered to be a vulnerable person as described in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 c47 Similar to Rebels aged 12 to 15, any Rebel considered to be part of a vulnerable group must have their legal guardian provide consent for their attendance at a Club. Again, these Rebels are allowed to give consent for the use of their personal data, yet we would again recommend getting their guardian’s consent as above. - Rebels aged 16 - 120 Rebels aged 16 and over have freedom beyond measure! The only added consideration for this group is the personal data consent form. Every Rebel must be aware of and respond to this form. Club Leaders must keep a copy of all forms, and ensure only those who have given consent for their data to be used are asked to do so. - All Rebels Every Rebel, workshop facilitator, volunteer, parent and Club Leader who is part of or engages with the Rebel Makers community must abide by our Code of Conduct.
    Do adults attending Rebel Makers require a DBS (or similar) check?
    No. Every adult who attends Rebel Makers is not required to hold a DBS check. However, to ensure the safety and safeguarding of our Clubs, every Club Leader + at least one other facilitator are required to hold a clean DBS certificate (or regional equivalent). A copy of your DBS certificate must be sent to Team Rebel before you a new Club can be activated.
    Why do you insist all Clubs need at least two DBS checked facilitators?
    It is compulsory for anyone regularly working with children under the age of 18 to have an Enhanced DBS check in England and Wales, or regional alternative in Scotland/Northern Ireland. Rebel Labs require every Club Leader + at least one other facilitator to hold a clean and up to date (in the last two years) DBS check. Having two DBS checked facilitators at every Club should ensure that the group is never left without at least one DBS certified leader present.If a Club is operating a breakout space, or a special workshop in a different room that cannot be overseen by the DBS checked facilitators, we require a third DBS checked adult to manage the additional activities. More information about DBS checks can be found on gov.uk here.
    How do I get a DBS check?
    There are two ways in which you can process your enhanced DBS check: Become a STEMNET Ambassador STEMNET’s STEM Ambassadors Programme is open to volunteers who want to inspire young people in any area of STEM. As part of this initiative, STEMNET will process your enhanced DBS check free of charge. Everyone who signs up to become a STEM Ambassador will go through an induction training session during which their identity documents will be checked by STEMNET staff for the purposes of processing an Enhanced DBS Disclosure application on their behalf. Once you receive the DBS statement and become an Approved STEM Ambassador, it is important to keep STEMNET informed of your Rebel Makers activities (by emailing your regional STEMNET contact, or by updating your STEM Ambassador profile). Use an umbrella body If you do not wish to become a STEMNET Ambassador you can process your DBS check via a Government approved umbrella body for a small admin fee (usually around £18). Team Rebel will provide more details about this route during your first on-boarding call.
    I live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, where can I find our more about my regional DBS equivalent?
    For Scotland and Northern Ireland, the rules are slightly different. If you live in Scotland you'll need to apply for the PVG Scheme via Disclosure Scotland. For Northern Ireland, please see AccessNI.
    What insurance cover to Clubs need?
    Clubs must be covered by an insurance policy that protects volunteers and members of the public in their use of the venue facilities. This will usually be a Public Liability Insurance Policy, and our recommendation is to ensure your Club venue has such a policy that covers your activities.
  • Questions about Rebel Labs
  • What is Rebel Labs?
    Rebel Labs is a social enterprise committed to providing everyone with access to meaningful learning experiences. Our projects seek to break down barriers by bringing together people of all ages and abilities, from a variety of backgrounds, to develop and exchange skills that improve their employability, confidence and wellbeing. In creating these opportunities for intergenerational learning, we are also promoting a unique environment for social participation. We provide accessible spaces to meet and engage with new and diverse range of people, in the hope of decreasing isolation, improving communication and strengthening communities. Rebel Labs create or collaborate on projects based on their ability to make a difference.
    Who is Team Rebel?
    Team Rebel itself is made up of a small (yet perfectly formed!) core gang. We are Kevin Lewis, Kate McDonald, Nat Higginbottom, and Julia Higginbottom. The Rebel in charge of Rebel Makers is Kevin. He’s awesome and ready to help in any way you need! While Team Rebel may be small, we count ourselves lucky to be part of an expansive network of partners, organisations and friends that allow us to extend and strengthen our work, while also strengthening theirs. This thriving ecosystem puts a stringent focus on collaboration, and is sustained by the belief that collective endeavour is far superior to personal gain.