We get on board to support young children with their reading!
Literacy Pirates helps disadvantaged children who are falling behind in their literacy. And the Axis Foundation’s first donations, each of £5,000, to support the volunteer programme, will benefit 300 children, helping them with their reading and literacy skills.
“Thank you for your grants of £5,000. We are very pleased to have Axis Foundation on board as a supporter! The money will go towards the costs of running our volunteer programme which is so integral to the success of our Learning Programme. Thank you once again for your support. It is hugely appreciated by everyone at The Literacy Pirates” – Triona Larkin, Head of Fundraising
Our third donation
In 2021, the Axis Foundation – with City Plumbing Community Fund – supported The Literacy Pirates’ once again. This time a donation of £6,500 went to the charity’s Project Shipshape. Project Shipshape transformed the Pirates’ Hackney premises providing a fresh coat of paint covering recent graffiti, a new fascia and a sea-waves mural up their books staircase which has also had new titles added with input from the children, reflecting the diversity of the local area and centring stories from a range of authors and protagonists.
“The striking entrance, murals on the walls and the books staircase will all combine to inspire creativity and motivation. Thank you Axis Foundation for continuing to support children’s learning adventures in your local community.” – Triona Larkin, Head of Fundraising
More about Literacy Pirates
Local schools refer children to the Literacy Pirates. Here they attend a year-long after-school learning programme at one of the two fantastical centres, the ‘Ships’, in Hackney or Haringey, both in east London. Trained volunteers give the children extra help with literacy skills and support them with their reading. At the same time they help them complete exciting published projects such as books, films and podcasts.
With the help of the Literacy Pirates, children’s reading age improves over 50% faster than age-related expectations.
In January 2014 the Literacy Pirates opened their dedicated learning centre (the Ship) in Dalston and in January 2019 launched a second Ship in Tottenham, Haringey. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, they built a virtual ship in two weeks, and offered weekly activities during lockdown.