By donating your time, skills or money you can help more young people gain skills, confidence and self-respect. We rely on donations and grants from trusts, companies and people just like you.
Click on the Ways to Give tab above to see some specific ways you could help.
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
A donation from you would 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 lyrics, dramatic 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.
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.David, age 11
I really enjoyed the poetry project. I got to see my poetry displayed in the garden and I was in the newspaper. That made me feel really confident.Fiona, age 10
When you buy one of their tins of fear, or jars of brain jam, you don’t just get a great stocking filler or something to liven up your breakfast table, you know that you’re helping to support the business of the imagination with the next generation.Colin Firth, Minister for Fluency
I support the Ministry because it creates an environment where students, volunteers and staff all share the magic of imaginations set free in a caring and supportive environmentKerri Ratcliffe, Development Board Member
Even a modest monthly gift makes a huge difference.
It’s no more than the cost of a coffee, but if enough people give £3 a month we might just change the world. Bargain.
Listen to the difference your donation makes to children like 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 £20.
This is life-changing stuff, as you’ll be giving more and more 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.
Support us every month by direct debit, or with a one-off donation. £3 per month or £3000 per year – 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.
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.
It’s not just about running marathons and climbing mountains, there are lots of easy ways to raise money for Ministry of Stories.
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.
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.
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.
The Ministry honours all those who have served and supported our storytelling mission. We’re grateful to all our advocates, our Ministers, our members, our corporate partners and all the other people who have supported the Ministry of Stories.
Every donation big or small makes a difference to the children we work with. So thanks to you all!
Minister for Fluency
Minister for Literary Pleasures and Sorrows
Alain de Botton
Minister of Many Colours
Minister for the Upbeat and Feelgood
Minister for the Sinister
Most Excellent Guardian of the Limerick
Ministers for Edgar Allen Poe and all his books
James and Jane Wilson
Minister for Pencil Sharpenings
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Tags
Master of Monsters’ Staples
Minister for Turquoise Pens
Joint Secretaries of State for Nice New Notebooks
Hannah Pennell and Richard Young
Minister for Expensive Book Binding
Our other very lovely donors:
Heidi and Carlo Baravalle
James and Miriam Douglas
Tim Stumpff and Jeannie Latenser
Lori Fields and Martin Risinger
…and all our members and donors who wish to remain anonymous.
To find out how donations help inspire a nation of young storytellers, and how you could be a part of the Ministry’s future, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We work with many local and national businesses who offer their expertise, their time, their staff and, importantly, donations.
The following companies currently support our story mission;
Penguin Random House
We Made This
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.
Arts Council, England
Clore Duffield Foundation
Driver Youth Trust
Equitable Charitable Trust
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust
The Mercers’ Company
The Goldsmiths’ Company
Ernest Cook Trust