Volunteer once a month with The Haringey & Hackney Pirates
The Haringey & Hackney Pirates are an innovative education charity supporting young people aged 9-13 to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance that will help them achieve both in school and the world beyond.
In their unconventional learning spaces (pirate ship themed buildings in Tottenham and Dalston), young people work on reading and creative writing projects with one-to-one support from volunteers. The Young Pirates collaborate with professionals to publish their writing in the form of storybooks, studio recordings and films which are premiered in a local cinema.
On average Young Pirates improve their reading age 52% faster than age related expectations – so in 9 months aboard the ship they make an average of 14 months progress. You can hear more about the impact from the Young Pirates themselves and sign up to join their volunteering crew here: hackneypirates.org/volunteer-impact
Hale Village Information Sessions at The Engine Room
Haringey Pirates will be holding special information sessions at The Engine Room for residence of Hale Village interested in supporting. You will be able to hear more about volunteering, begin the DBS application process and sign up for a training to become a Volunteer Crewmate. These sessions will take place on the following days and times:
Friday 2nd November
- 1 pm – 4.00 pm
- 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Sunday 4th November
What Do Volunteer Crewmates Do?
Volunteers work one-to-one or in small groups with our Young Pirates, playing games and supporting them on reading and writing activities.
All sessions are planned and led by an experienced teacher so no experience or preparation is required.
Volunteer Crewmates receive full training and ongoing development for skills in supporting and motivating young people.
They offer volunteers flexibility and a low rate of commitment. Volunteer Crewmates commit to completing a minimum of 1 session a month (3.45pm to 6.45pm, Mon-Fri).
Benefits Of Volunteering
As a result of volunteering with us many Crewmates report improvements in their own confidence and skills beneficial to their careers such as public speaking, presenting and team leadership.
They run regular inclusive social events for Crewmates so there are always opportunities to meet new people.
They process a free DBS application for all volunteers.
They are happy to provide references upon request once you have completed 6 sessions.
Location Of Pirates Ships
Hackney Pirates (Daslton) – Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS.
Haringey Pirate (Tottenham) – Enterprise Centre, 639 High Rd, London, N17 8AA.
Join the Crew
Find out more and sign up to volunteer by visiting: hackneypirates.org/volunteer
Volunteer Crewmates are central to our project, and we are looking to take on 250 new recruits as we expand to support more and more children across Haringey and Hackney. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in supporting local young people.