We are a writing and mentoring charity for young people in Sussex. We believe in the right to write, and that this vital form of self-expression builds confidence, communication and literacy skills. We focus our resources on those children and young people most in need, who experience social or educational disadvantage. We work in partnership with teachers, families, writers, and artists.
Providing fun, creative, and excellent learning experiences for everyone is imperative to what we do, but we believe these deliver serious outcomes, like improving literacy skills, motivation to learn, communication skills and self-esteem.
Creativity and fun are at the heart of what we do.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
We're looking for story mentors to help us run our creative writing workshops. This involves working with small groups of children and young people to work on creative writing. Some of our volunteers attend the same after school clubs every week, and some prefer to come to one off projects as and when they are able to. All are welcome!
If you have any questions, get in touch with us:
Call: 01273 234 776
Website volunteer sign up: https://bit.ly/3zz2MCw
Interested in what you might get out of volunteering? Here is our lovely volunteer Ben, explaining why he continues to support us: https://youtu.be/QfDjbX0cboM.
Our current After School Clubs are all for children aged 7-11. They run Monday-Thursday during term time at various locations:
Monday Club: Whitehawk - 15:00-17:00
Tuesday Club: Moulsecoomb - 15:00-17:00
Wednesday Club: Worthing - 14:45-17:00
Thursday Club: BMECP - 15:00-17:00
What induction, training and support is offered?
Volunteers attend a training session which explains what to expect from volunteering, and covers our safeguarding policy. They are then invited to shadow a current volunteer at a workshop before attending as an official Story Mentor.
There is always a briefing before each workshop (included in the timings) to run through the plans for that day, and a debrief at the end for volunteers to feedback on their thoughts on what worked well, or not so well, present suggestions for future sessions and give any other feedback they would like to.
An enhanced DBS check is required for this role which we will submit and pay for on your behalf.
What skills or qualities are needed?
Full training will be given, we just ask that you are 16 or over, have an interest in working with children and young people, have fluent written and spoken English, and have bags of enthusiasm!More info
16th September 2022
Deadline for applications
9 Sep 2030
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