Nuture the writer in every child

You can help more young people gain skills, confidence and self-respect.

Our writing clubs and out-of-school projects are free for all – thanks to people like you.

No child should be excluded from the joy of creating and sharing their stories. That’s why we never charge for our after-school clubs, holiday projects or writing workshops.

That way, we can develop as many imaginations as possible, enhancing literacy skills and self-confidence for hundreds of children – while they have a blast.

The Ministry of Stories gave me the courage to read and write more

Michelle, age 8, St Monica’s RC Primary School

Please help us continue this invaluable work.

Your support means more children can discover their courage and creativity in an imaginative and supportive environment. It means more young writers can liberate their imaginations and come up with amazing rap lyricsdramatic climaxes and entire new countries.

Your support won’t just change the lives of individual children.

It helps us build a nation of articulate, creative, confident, literate writers and storytellers. Young people who can become the lifeblood of the future.

What your gift acheives

Even a modest monthly gift makes a huge difference. Just look:

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£7 / month

It’s no more than the cost of a coffee and cake, but £7 a month will completely kit out one of our workshops with pens and a personalised storybook for each child. Bargain.

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£14 / month

Amazing: you make it possible for a young person to take part in our workshops. Why does that matter? Listen to David, aged 11: 'I think my writing has changed. In school I have been getting better grades and have learnt how I can help other people with their writing.' Not bad for £14.

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£27 / month

This is life-changing stuff, as you’ll be giving local children access to our after-school clubs. Just ten workshop sessions can transform a child’s confidence, ability and enthusiasm about writing and reading. And that can make a profound difference to their future.

However you can help, it helps

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Make a donation

Support us every month, or with a one-off donation. £1 or £1,000,000 – it all makes a difference. You’ll help keep our creative writing workshops going with local children, making a lasting difference to lives in east London.

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There are many things we wish for… pens, pencils, lightbulbs, chairs, ipads, printers… help us by buying something specific and just know you have changed our world. Take a look at the list and buy whatever takes your fancy.

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Fundraise for us

It's not just about running marathons and climbing mountains, there are lots of easy ways to raise money for Ministry of Stories.

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Give while you shop

We understand that sometimes charity begins at home and there is just no extra cash, however, there are now ways that you can give to Ministry of Stories without it costing you anything. Just do your shopping, and we’ll get a slice of the action.

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Corporate giving

If you represent a company who would like to donate, that would be okay too! We are looking for local and national business support so we can continue helping children of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets. You will be making a huge difference to the community – YOUR community.

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Legacy giving

Leave a gift to Ministry of Stories in your will and ensure we can continue changing lives of local young people and creating a future full of storytellers. The confidence, self belief and literacy skills we give those children in our workshops will last a lifetime and so can your gift.

Our supporters

The Ministry honours all those who have served and supported our storytelling mission. We’re grateful to all our advocates, our Ministers in the Literary and Stationery departments and members of the 159 Club.

Individual supporters

The Ministry honours all those who have served and supported our storytelling mission. We’re grateful to all our advocates, our Ministers in the Literary and Stationery departments and members of the 159 Club.

To obtain your own Ministerial Appointment, and find out how donations help inspire a nation of young storytellers, please read more or email our cash for honours team direct at

Minister for FluencyColin Firth

Minister for Literary Pleasures and SorrowsAlain de Botton

Minister of Many ColoursPeter Usborne

Minister for the Upbeat and FeelgoodKristina Knoll

Minister for the SinisterChris Ward

Most Excellent Guardian of the LimerickJim Leaviss

Ministers for Edgar Allen Poe and all his booksJames and Jane Wilson

Minister for Pencil SharpeningsCornelia Parker

Nibmaster GeneralMark Stevenson

Chief Secretary to the Treasury TagsJoe Hallgarten

Master of Monsters’ StaplesPaul Bennun

Minister for Turquoise PensFrances Booth

Joint Secretaries of State for Nice New NotebooksHannah Pennell and Richard Young

Minister for Expensive Book BindingMartin Schoernig


At the Ministry of Stories we are grateful to everyone who supports our storytelling mission. We are extremely proud to be supported by the following funders.

To add your company or foundation name to the list please contact Ruth Davey on to find out more.

Arts Council, England

Clore Duffield Foundation

Driver Youth Trust

Equitable Charitable Trust


Niniski Trust

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Pearson Foundation

The Foundation

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