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      Volunteer Writing Mentor Training (Induction Day at Children's' Charity) in London

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      February 28, 2020

      Friday  10:00 AM (on various days)

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      Volunteer Writing Mentor Training (Induction Day at Children's' Charity)

      Help us inspire a nation of storytellers. Our volunteers are amazing people, doing incredibly valuable work. We’re forever grateful to them all. Could you help us inspire thousands of children? Show them that writing is fun? Could you sell Cubed Earwax and jars of Olde Fashioned Brain Jam? We are looking for volunteers with the passion to help children build their confidence in writing and their imaginations. All we need from you is your brilliant listening skills, everything else we'll teach you at our induction days. It's as simple as that. You can help us in three main ways: As a writing mentor, supporting and encouraging young writers as part of our school programmes and after-school writing clubs As a shopkeeper or online order clerk, helping run Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. It’s London’s oldest supplier of goods for the Living, Dead and Undead By giving skills ‘in kind’ to help with special projects All sorts of people volunteer at the Ministry of Stories – teachers, parents, writers, artists, students, zombies, people looking for work experience… all right, not zombies. They’re all just as captivated by the magic of the Ministry as the children are. “Watching the growth of students during their sessions… Wow. Breathtaking. It reminded me that if you set a young person a challenge, they’ll often rise to it.”Funmi, writing mentor  What does it involve? We need volunteers to complete a one-day induction – we hold these on the last Friday of the month (and occassionally on a Saturday) We ask volunteers to complete a minimum of six sessions in the first six months Session lengths vary according to the role – writing mentor sessions are typically 2-3 hours long and shop sessions are typically 4 hours long Most of our sessions run during the week, in the day-time – we only have very limited sessions available on a Saturday We run clubs and workshops with children aged 8-18 years old – most of these take place at the Ministry but some take place in local schools As a writing mentor you’ll be working supportively with children, encouraging them to develop their own creative ideas As a shopkeeper you’ll be serving customers and engaging them in the work of the Ministry “Every time I come to volunteer I feel like I’m part of something. It’s an incredible feeling… Plus, it’s just fun!”Adrienne, writing mentor and shopkeeper Benefits for volunteers If you volunteer, you will: gain experience of working with children meet new people explore new skills for developing children’s writing (mentors) develop reflective working practices get a DBS check and safeguarding training have the opportunity for further skills and leadership development build confidence and people skills work as part of a supportive team be part of a community get a reference gain unique retail experience (shopkeepers) It’s also loads of fun. Did we mention the tea and biscuits, and our regular thank you events? Those too. “It has really helped build my skills… Not only do you get some retail experience, you also get to learn new things and meet new people.”Andre, shopkeeper Who are our volunteers? Meet some of our mentors and shopkeepers, featured on the blog. Inspired? For days filled with cheer, stories and monsters, magic moustaches and Zombie Fresh Mints volunteer today. We need you, and we know some children who do too. At the Ministry of Stories we value diverse, inclusive environments, and we are happy to discuss any access needs you have, and any reasonable adjustments we can make to make volunteering for us possible.“It helps me to feel confident when adults help.”Bruce, age 10, writing club member   FAQs  Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? Yes, see the details below. Age If you’re aged 16 or over, you can volunteer in workshops as a writing mentor or illustrator. If you are aged 18 or over, you can volunteer in any role within the Ministry. We have no upper age limit for volunteers. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check If you would like to become a writing mentor or Illustrator you will need to complete a DBS check (formerly known as CRB). We will accept DBS certificates issued by other organisations if you have registered online with the DBS online update service. If you have a criminal conviction and you’re not sure if it will affect your eligibility to volunteer, talk to us in confidence using the contact details above. References We ask all volunteers for two references before starting in a role. These should be: One personal reference from a friend who has known you five years or more. One professional reference from a past or current employer or academic referee who has known you for twelve months or more. References help us check you are right for the role and are part of our safeguarding policy. Prove right to work or study in the UK (Non-EU citizen) To volunteer with us, your visa needs to allow you to undertake ‘unpaid work’ or volunteering. If you’re unsure, please contact your visa issuer.   What can I bring into the event? Just bring yourself and the documents you need to complete your DBS application form. Once you register through our website you will receive an email which will include a DBS checklist. Keep an eye out for it.   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You could be just what we’re looking for! Here’s what you need to become a Ministry volunteer. Have more questions? Email us at or call 020 7729 4159. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, if you have an e-ticket that's all we need to see. :)   Can I update my registration information? Yes, if you're making any changes, just call us on 020 7729 4159 and we'll make all the amendments over the phone.   Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? No, due to the nature of the work we do, we need to have the correct details for all who attends our induction day.  

      Categories: Fundraising & Charity

      This event repeats on various days: Apr 24, May 29, Jun 26

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