The Literacy Hubs

Learning that inspires, spaces to enthral

About Us

The Literacy Hubs exists to help young people develop the literacy skills they need to thrive.

We provide unique, creative and adventurous learning environments that inspire young people, from the least advantaged communities, to improve their literacy skills and fall in love with reading and writing. Our current focus is supporting communities across Portsmouth. Each hub is specifically designed to best support the community it serves.


Take a closer look at our two hubs: The Pompey Pirates and The Portsea Sailors.


Our volunteers are a vital part of the work we do. Take a look, learn more or apply.

If you would like to see our sessions in action, watch our recent visit from Pudsey and BBC Children in Need!

Why Are We Needed?

Nearly a quarter of the children in Portsmouth live in poverty. Children from low-income backgrounds are twice as likely to fall below expected levels of reading and writing by age 11 than their peers from wealthier homes. Therefore, they are already at least two years behind in reading ability when they start secondary school, putting them at a huge disadvantage.

Timely support given to a child who is falling behind with their literacy skills can stop them from falling further behind, catch them up with their peers and transform their life, giving them an equal chance to achieve their potential.

Due to Covid-19 related school closures, our work has become even more crucial as the literacy gap between those less advantaged children and their peers has become even wider. Our hubs support schools in closing this gap. For schools enquiring about our provision please complete our contact from.

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