volunteer with us!

Volunteers play a HUGE role in the Story Island Project, particularly in our workshops with young people. We aim to have a volunteer for each one or two young people in our workshops, so participants can receive individual attention and encouragement – that’s when the storytelling magic really happens!

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What is involved?

Our workshops cover a wide range of areas, but all focus on creative writing. As a volunteer tutor, you may work with young people on narrative fiction, poetry, a script, a radio podcast, a short film, memoir, letter, comic strip, or any number of creative projects.

Workshops are either one-offs or, much more often, a series that runs for 6–9 weeks through a school term. When signing up for a workshop series, we ask volunteers to sign up for the full series so you can work with the same students each week across the whole project.

Apart from workshop volunteers, we also need volunteers to assist with illustration/graphic design, web design, typing up students’ writing and other administrative tasks. Please indicate below if you have relevant skills that we could use!

Do I need to have teaching experience to be a volunteer tutor?

Not at all! Our volunteers come from a range of professional backgrounds. To be a great volunteer, you just need a love of the English language and a commitment to share the spark of creativity with young people. Trained storytellers plan and lead our workshop sessions; volunteers are there to offer individual support and encouragement to young people.

We give all Story Island volunteers a training/orientation session before their first workshop, and require all volunteers to have a current Working with Vulnerable People Card.

Where and when do workshops happen?

Most workshops take place in schools and community centres on weekdays between 9am–3pm. We sometimes run weekend workshops; however, these are limited.

I’d like to volunteer, but I have more questions!

Not sure if you’re a good match for us? Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions or concerns you might have about the volunteer roles, training process or anything at all! Lynne, our Volunteer Manager, is happy to chat to prospective volunteers.

I’m in! Sign me up!

Wonderful! We can’t wait for you to join us. Just fill in the form below; you’ll then receive an email letting you know the next available interview and orientation dates, after which you’ll be eligible to volunteer at any of our workshops.

Name *
Volunteer skills (tick all that apply) *
Availability (tick all that apply) *
Frequency *