Are you a creative person with a bit of time on your hands? Are you interested in volunteering with children and young people?
The Writers Block is looking for volunteers to co-devise and deliver after school clubs for 7 – 11 year olds. We would ask you to co-run a series of 3 – 6 sessions, once a week from early October. The activities are up to you, but would need to link to writing or story in some way – creative writing, poetry, drama, storytelling, art, for example. Sessions need to be a fun, engaging, imaginative and with a degree of challenge. You would be supported by a member of our team and other volunteers.
Who are we looking for?
You might be a young person or student who wants to get relevant experience on your CV, a former teacher looking to volunteer in a creative environment, or a writer, performer or artist keen to get some informal teaching experience.
Our activity at The Writers’ Block
It is now six months since we launched The Writers’ Block in The Ladder in Clinton Road, Redruth in the thick of the upheaval and building works as part of the major renovations to the whole building. Despite leaks, noise and the all-pervasive dust we have delivered an exciting programme of workshops, masterclasses, events, readings, rehearsals, sharings and writer residencies. We have welcomed small children and young people, community groups and emerging writers and performers.
We would now like to offer more comprehensive out of school provision. We already run a Young Writers’ programme for over 12s and also one off workshops and opportunities for that age e.g. journalism and speech writing. We deliver regular storytelling activities for pre-school children through our Little Story Seekers programme in particular with Redruth and Camborne Libraries. We now want to begin to address the gap for activities for 7-11 year olds after school and in the holidays and an important part of that is building a skilled creative volunteer team.
How to apply
Please send the following to [email protected] by 9am on 29 August 2023:
- Your CV with relevant experience and 2 referees
- A paragraph about why you would like to volunteer with The Writers’ Block
- A short description of the type of activities you would like to deliver
- To help us on our journey to a more inclusive organisation we also ask people to complete our short equality, diversity, and inclusion survey via this link. This is voluntary. https://forms.office.com/r/j3zQbF0vWe
You will need an up to date DBS certificate, which we can arrange if you don’t have one.
We will invite applicants to an initial meeting in September. We may not be able to accommodate everyone in this first call but we hope this will be a regular workshop so there will be more opportunities in the future.
KEAP and The Writers’ Block are dynamic and inclusive. We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds bringing a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives to our work. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates from Black, Asian or ethnically diverse backgrounds and candidates who self-identify as disabled and neurodiverse or from a lower-socio economic background.