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.
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. Give Today
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. GIVE TODAY
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. Give Today
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. Find out more
It’s not just about running marathons and climbing mountains, there are lots of easy ways to raise money for Ministry of Stories. Find out more
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. Find out more
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.
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
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org