Yo-ho-ho and a Dalston high street full of fun

“THIS IS our den, where we do our homework” is not the kind of sentence any parent would ever expect to hear spoken with any enthusiasm. Yet it is a typical reaction of children to having fun with the Hackney Pirates, a charity out to boost the literacy and creativity of young people.

Their next project — sorry, adventure — is to build a four-floor ship within a building in the heart of Dalston (picture, above).

The charity has been based in many different temporary locations around Hackney. Now it has found a permanent home in Kingsland High Street, which it hopes to move into this 2013 autumn.

Catriona Maclay told Loving Dalston: “The Ship of Adventures will be a hub for innovative and adventurous learning on the high street, including an adventure-themed shop, an events space, and workshop spaces.”

Since it was founded in 2010, Hackney Pirates has worked with 150 young

Picture supplied by Hackney Pirates
Oh, to be young: the cosy reality, (main picture) from the plans for the Ship of Adventure

people, 500 volunteers and delivered more than 12,000 hours of one-to-one attention and, as its video shows, has had great success.

Maclay said: “Our project is very much focused on creating a space which can be used and appreciated by the community here in Hackney.”

The group’s website describes the ship “as somewhere to rediscover your sense

Ship of Adventure: sign of HackneyPirates children's centre & coffee shop Kingsland Rd Dalston E8 311014 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Pirates ahoy! Thrilling young hearts

of wonder at the world: how it feels to lose yourself in literature, to learn an incredible new fact or find an object from a faraway land”.

It will sell adventure-themed products made both by its young pirates and local artists, and will serve hot drinks, including a “cap’n-chino”. Shiver me wordplay, eh?

The project is being crowd-sourced and has raised a third of the £20,000 needed. You can contribute at the Indiegogo page.

Hamish Scott 070813 

* Hackney Pirates/Ship of Adventures is at 138 Kingsland High Street, Dalston E8 2NS (020 3327 1777)

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