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Literacy Volunteer Crew Mate

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 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 our 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 our Young Pirates improve their reading age 52% faster than age related expectations – so in 9 months aboard our ship they make an average of 14 months progress.


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.



What Do Volunteer Crewmates Do?


Our volunteers work one-to-one or in small groups with our Young Pirates, playing games and supporting them with 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.



Time Commitment


We offer our 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.


We run regular inclusive social events for Crewmates so there are always opportunities to meet new people.


We process a free DBS application for all volunteers.


We are happy to provide references upon request once you have completed 6 sessions.



Location Of Pirates Ships


Hackney Pirates (Dalston) - Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS.


Haringey Pirate (Tottenham) – The Trampery Tottenham, 639 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AA



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Required Role

Literacy Volunteer Crew Mate

Key responsibilities

- Work one-to-one with young people, supporting them in their reading and writing - To be able to follow instructions and support the Young Pirate in their published project - To be self-reflective and keen to develop in your own ability as a volunteer - To be able to call over the session leader if you or your Young Pirate require any additional support - To pass on any information that you feel we need to pass on to school or the child's home about their well-being

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  • Communication
  • Listening

Desirable Skills

  • Confidence
  • Literacy and copywriting
  • Non-judgemental
  • Teaching and training
  • Time Management
  • Self Management

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Creative and design
  • Literacy and copywriting
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching and training
  • Team Work
  • Time Management
  • Self Management

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a month

Start Date: 09-04-2019

Start Time: 03:45 PM

End Date: 24-07-2020

End Time: 06:45 PM

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Kingsland High St, Dalston, London, UK

To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up