Literacy Pirates

a fleet of learning centres in Hackney, Haringey and soon beyond

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Work with our Young Pirates, and support them in producing published projects in a fun, and dynamic learning environment.


3 steps to becoming a Volunteer Crewmate:

  1. Sign up - fill out our form and tell us why you want to become a Volunteer Crewmate.

  2. Book onto a training session - after signing up you will receive an email with dates of future training sessions.

  3. Complete a DBS - at the training session we will complete a DBS for you. Once your certificate has been received, you’ll be ready to volunteer!

  • Reading with individual children or in small groups.

  • Supporting children to complete writing projects that contribute to books, studio recordings and films

  • Encouraging young people to feel confident and persevere with their work.

  • Joining in with games and group activities.

  • Supporting new volunteers in their first session.


We ask Volunteer Crewmates to commit to completing at least 12 sessions in total at a rate of at least one session per month.

Our sessions run from 3.45pm - 6.45pm every weekday during the school term.

We also have holiday workshops (usually 1.45-4.45pm during certain weeks of the school holidays).

  • Able to independently support Young Pirates in their learning

  • A patient and respectful approach to children and adults

  • Functional English skills

  • Good communication skills. The ability to follow, retain and then relay instructions

  • Reliable and punctual

  • Self-reflective, seeking ways to improve individual practise

  • Able to implement our learning strategies and behaviour management techniques.

Over to our Volunteer Crewmates…