Give the gift of reading!

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The Literacy Hubs help communities across Portsmouth gain the literacy skills they need to thrive. Our first Hub is The Pompey Pirates!

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st August 2020 we'd raised £400 with 5 supporters in 73 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Did you know? 

  • Nearly a quarter of all children in Portsmouth are currently living in poverty
  • In The Charles Dickens ward 44.2% of children live in poverty
  • Children living in poverty tend to start school with vocabularies up to 19 months behind their better-off peers and are twice as likely to leave secondary school without good GCSEs in English and maths.
  • 1 in 3 children, from lower socio-economic backgrounds, leave primary school without reaching expected levels of reading.

The Literacy Hubs helps communities across Portsmouth gain the literacy skills they need to thrive.

Our first hub: The Pompey Pirates, launched in September 2020 when we welcomed 60 children (young pirates) aboard the ship! At The Pompey Pirates we offer a unique, creative and adventurous learning environment which inspires young people from the least advantaged communities, across Portsmouth, to improve their literacy skills and fall in love with reading and writing. 

2020 has been a tough year in which to launch a charity!  School closures during the COVID-19 crisis have meant our work is even more crucial, as the literacy gap between those less advantaged children and their peers has become even wider. We have seen first hand the impact this year has had on our children's education and well being. We want to support even more children, who have been affected by the pandemic, with access to our programme. Your donation will help address educational inequality and ensure that the children we support can succeed at school and beyond.  As a small charity, every single donation will make a difference to supporting young people in Portsmouth.

Your support is central to our programme, and ensures we can work with as many young people as possible. 

- £20 pays for three brand new books for our lending library 

-£50 pays for a week of healthy snacks and fruit for hungry pirates attending our sessions

-£166 pays for a term of funding for one pupil

-£500 pays for one year of funding for one pupil

-£2,500 pays for five pupils for a full year of the programme

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We are happy to provide a donation certificate/ gift card if you are choosing to give this donation as a gift to someone this Christmas. We can do this for any amount you donate. If you would like us to provide you with this, please email [email protected] Thank you for your support.

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