Nurture the writer in every child

Help young people to write a brighter future.

Ministry of Stories’ work is only possible thanks to our generous friends and supporters who share our belief in the life-changing power of creative writing. 

Every time you donate to Ministry of Stories, you’re supporting young people to find their voice, discover a love of writing and develop a skill that they can use for life. 

Coming to Ministry of Stories makes me feel free

Maysaa, aged 12, Ministry of Stories Community Club

Donate today so young more people like Maysaa can discover the freedom of creative writing.

As a charity, Ministry of Stories relies on grants and donations to provide one-to-one writing support to more than 1000 young people in East London every year.  Our writing clubs are always free to young people and their families, and by working with teachers and volunteers from our community we ensure that mentoring support is offered to the young people that need it the most.  

By being a part of a Ministry of Stories writing programme, young people feel listened to and valued, view themselves more positively and become better writers.

Donate now.

What your gift achieves

Even a modest monthly gift makes a huge difference.

£3 / month

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.

£20 / month

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.

£50 / month

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.

However you can help, it helps

Make a donation

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.


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.

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.

Our supporters

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.


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

The Youth Investment Fund – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund

Achates Philanthropy Foundation
Baskin Family Foundation
Driver Youth Trust
Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Rachel Hood 1978 Trust
The Breadsticks Foundation
The Fagus Anstruther Memorial Trust
The Foyle Foundation
Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust
Young Londoners Fund

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Corporate Supporters

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;

We Made This

Individual supporters

Every donation big or small makes a difference to the children we work with. So thanks to you all!

First Minister – Nick Hornby

Minister for Fluency – Colin Firth

Minister for Literary Pleasures and Sorrows – Alain de Botton

Minister of Many Colours – Peter Usborne

Minister for the Upbeat and Feelgood – Kristina Knoll

Minister for the Sinister  – Chris Ward

Most Excellent Guardian of the Limerick – Jim Leaviss

Ministers for Edgar Allen Poe and all his books – James and Jane Wilson

Minister for Pencil Sharpenings – Cornelia Parker

Nibmaster General – Mark Stevenson

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Tags – Joe Hallgarten

Master of Monsters’ Staples – Paul Bennun

Minister for Turquoise Pens – Frances Booth

Joint Secretaries of State for Nice New Notebooks – Hannah Pennell and Richard Young

Minister for Expensive Book Binding – Martin Schoernig

Our other very lovely donors:

Peter Barron
Régis Cochefert
James and Miriam Douglas
Tim Stumpff and Jeannie Latenser

…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