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The Literacy Pirates
We are an innovative educational 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.As a volunteer, you'll be supporting the young people we work with (AKA the Young Pirates!) as they collaborate with professionals to publish their writing in the form of storybooks, studio recordings and…

We're looking for Virtual Volunteers (based in the UK and aged 16 and over) to join us at our online after-school sessions, where you will be supporting young people aged 9 to 13 with their reading and writing and championing their work as they become published poets, authors and podcast creators! 
We're looking for people that are positive about social change and that love literacy. No experience working with young people is necessary as full training is given. 

Sessions run during term time Monday to Friday, 3.45pm-6.15pm. 


As a Volunteer Crewmate, you’ll join our online, teacher-led afterschool sessions to help children aged 9 to 13 develop their reading and writing skills. By championing their work and celebrating everything they do, you will help them, one-to-one and in small groups on our online platform Vedamo, to become published authors! 

Who will the volunteers be working with?
Young people from Hackney and Haringey aged 9-13
We provide full training via Vedamo. You will attend introductory training on safeguarding, practical training including tips on working with your Young Pirates, and also a tech induction.

Time commitment

You can join us either on a regular basis (one day each week) or a flexible basis. Sessions run 3:45pm-6:15pm on weekdays.

UCL Departments

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.