Ministry of Stories holds children’s Cabinet Meeting at Number 10

Posted by theministry on 1st May 2013

A group of primary school children from Hackney took over the state dining room at 10 Downing Street to host a creative cabinet meeting last week.

Guests were encouraged to invent a Ministerial title for their fictional government; positions included Minister for Stunts and Minister for Laughter.

The young ‘Ministers’ all attend after-school writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. They were there to celebrate our second year of providing volunteer led programmes aimed at boosting creativity and literacy.

Rohan Silva, Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, said:

‘I’ve been lucky enough to have seen this charity grow from an inspiring idea to a flourishing organisation that’s using creative writing to help improve the literacy of local children. The Ministry of Stories is a truly inspiring project – long may it continue!’

Ministry of Stories co-founder, Nick Hornby, said:

‘We were delighted to be invited back to No 10 after the reception hosted by the Prime Minister to mark the launch of the Ministry of Stories in November 2010. Since then, MoS has gone from strength to strength, working with over 2,000 children a year and engaging a huge number of volunteers, teachers, parents, writers and other artists in its work. It’s the quality of this work, combined with the organisation’s ambitious creative ideas and plans for the future which we hope will inspire people to support the Ministry in becoming a permanent fixture in east London.’

After-school club members with their tutors in front of 10 Downing Street (photo: Tom Oldham)

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Many thanks to Tom Oldham for photographing the event. See more photos here.

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