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About the organisation

The Literacy Pirates

We believe that one to one attention is one of the most powerful educational tools in the world. With this kind of support, learning can be more adventurous and the results astounding. We aim to improve literacy and creativity among young people in our target area of Hackney, by bringing together committed and inspiring volunteers with our young pirates.

Find out more about UCL student’s experiences volunteering with us at…

Application deadline: 

Do you want to help your local community but have limited time? The Literacy Pirates need committed volunteers to help us engage with the local community to expand our volunteer base.

If you know of local religious centres or spaces that are used by lots of professionals and creatives, you may have the natural skills necessary to help us with outreach in letting the most amount of people know about our organisation.

Role Aim: 

To recruit and engage with people from local communities around East and North London. We require volunteers to help us speak with and promote our literacy charity in order to obtain more volunteers and support from local corporate sponsors.


To be instructed on an area to visit and specific points of interest to go in and speak with employees. This requires being able to talk about our aims as a charity, the role of the volunteer and the opportunities to be able to support us.

Skills needed: 

Strong communication and passion for learning development. This role presents clear challenges but can be incredibly rewarding when meeting with people who have a genuine want to better the community.


You will meet with our volunteering team and have up to two hours of learning about specific techniques in being able to engage with different types of people. Learning about the charity and the use of imagery to maintain focus.

138 Kingsland High Street London E8 2NS
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
All days. This is incredibly flexible and is there to fit around the schedule of the volunteer.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here