Join the crew helping Portsmouth children to read

Join the crew helping Portsmouth children to read

Join the crew helping Portsmouth children to read

A children’s literacy project which aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Portsmouth is looking for volunteers.

The Pompey Pirates Literacy Hub will open in the Charles Dickens ward in September, and will mimic a pirate ship – encouraging children to learn in a unique and unconventional environment.

Children aged eight to 13 years who have been referred by their school will attend the hub once per week after school.

The sessions will be led by a trained teacher and supported by volunteers through one-to-one and group reading and writing projects.

Becca Dean, founder of Pompey Pirates and former English teacher, said: “44% of children in the Charles Dickens ward, and nearly a quarter of all children in Portsmouth, are living in poverty – and research shows there is a direct link between those who have lower than average levels of reading and writing, with those from areas of deprivation.

“We want to support children as they transition from primary to secondary school in an environment that encourages them to be creative and have fun, whilst developing their literacy skills. We wouldn’t be able to run the sessions without the support of our volunteers, who are an integral and vital part of the project.”

Pompey Pirates is run by The Literacy Hubs, an education charity working in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and The University of Portsmouth, to create a range of literacy hubs across the city and surrounding areas.

Volunteers are asked to sign up for a minimum of one session per week to build rapport with the same children, and a minimum of 15 sessions across the year.

Once individuals have registered their interest they will be invited to attend a virtual training session later this month.

To register your interest visit the Pompey Pirates website or call email

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