Literacy Pirates Volunteering

The Literacy Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
The Literacy Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney and Haringey in London, so that they achieve both in school and in the world beyond. They work with young people aged 9-12 whose teachers think they would benefit from some extra support. The Young Pirates come to their Ship of Adventures after school where they receive some help on their reading through targeted reading support programmes. Other aspects cover creative publishing projects, where young people work with professionals to write their own books, CDs and websites.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
The Literacy Pirates improve their participants’ reading age over 50% faster than age related expectations. Young Pirates who say they read less than once a week at the start of the programme, report on average that they read between a few times a week and every day by the end of the programme. The participants show increases in confidence and perseverance.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
• Experience of working with a UK Charity combating literacy skills
• Support and training to develop interpersonal skills, leadership skills, creative skills, basic management and teaching skills
• References for prospective employers
• Experience of working with young people and adults with variety of cultural and employment backgrounds
• A chance to improve organisational and communication skills
Success stories
‘I’ve seen immense improvement...she takes more interest in reading and with writing also….and her confidence, it has boost her confidence when she do it’. – Young Pirate parent ‘it doesn’t matter how long I take to read the book, no one can judge me just because I’m in a lower group or I need help with writing and reading.’ – Young Pirate ‘I think it’s really effective. I really notice. This year I teach three students we’ve referred. I’ve noticed a change in their confidence. … They are now more articulate when contributing in class.’ – teacher from a partner school
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
GCU London
Which students can participate in this activity?
All students
Department/School: GCU London