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Volunteering opportunities available at children’s literacy project

A pioneering literacy programme operating in Hackney and Haringey is looking for new volunteers to support primary school children as they learn.

Literacy Pirates works with local schools to provide a year-long after-school programme to improve the reading, writing, confidence and perseverance of children aged 9-12 whose teachers think they would benefit from some extra support, helping them achieve at school and beyond.

The children, or ‘Young Pirates’, come to the Literacy Pirates’ learning centre, The Ship, after school for 2.5 hours and benefit from a bespoke learning programme devised and led by teachers which includes tailored reading support, writing projects and games and group activities. The Ship is a weird and wonderful pirate-themed learning environment complete with secret passageways, an underwater cave and a ship’s cat, encouraging children to learn whilst having fun.

Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, has provided £8,000 in funding to support the organisation to date, helping to transform the lives of children in Haringey and Hackney through access to social and educational opportunities.

Literacy Pirates is looking for new volunteers based in Hackney and Haringey of all ages and backgrounds to help even more children. Volunteers will receive in-depth training and are asked to commit to attending at least 12 sessions in the course of a year, ideally at least one per month. Sessions are led by trained leaders, and no qualifications or previous experience of working with children is necessary – just enthusiasm and an interest in supporting local young people.

To become a volunteer you will need to fill out a short application form before undergoing a DBS check, or visit for more information.