We are looking for creative, fun and enthusiastic volunteers to run creative writing sessions with us at Share. This opportunity is available on a Tuesday afternoon and/or Thursday afternoon.Creative writing sessions are well attended and very popular with our students, adults with learning disabilities and autism.
Creative writing at Share began several years ago, when we ran a very successful creative writing course, which was taught by poet, musician, and now Birkbeck tutor, Anthony Joseph. Students told stories they’d never shared before. Some were deeply painful, as their authors told of being a refugee or the discrimination they faced as disabled people. Others were full of power and humour. They discovered talents for communication. The course helped them to get in touch with their own creativity, and it resulted in a collection of poems and prose called “Through the Blue Door”. For the first time, our students saw their names in print, and found an audience for their stories. Since then, we have continued to run creative writing sessions, which 10 students regularly access to create stories, poems and experience words in many different contexts. Different themes have included The Sea, My Family, Happiness, Emotions and Laughter.
Here is one of the groups latest pieces about happiness:
Butterflies flying by,
To the end:
I feel fine.
Smile for a while,
Take a piece of chocolate cake!
They also just wrote a poem about love for a couple's wedding favour bag!
What we are looking for
Everyone has a story to tell, and our students are looking for imaginative and supportive tutors to help them continue to express themselves through creative writing. We’d love there to be a collection of the students’ work at the end of the programme. We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to around 2 hours a week, on a Tuesday afternooon. Our ideal volunteers would be patient and warm, and have strong communication skills. They’ll need to have a real commitment and passion for encouraging and supporting people to express themselves. Ideally they’ll have a background in creative writing, or have experience of teaching.
Read Alison's story
Read Maggie's story
What you will get in return
We can guarantee that the right people will have a wonderful experience working in our warm and friendly community. You can’t beat the thrill of unlocking someone’s potential to express themselves and shine. There will be references and recommendations if successful. You’ll receive a warm welcome into our organisation, a comprehensive induction, on-going support from staff and an opportunity to develop new skills and add to your CV. We’ll reimburse your travel expenses (within zone 1 - 6) and offer you a free lunch and refreshments. Most of all you will have a genuine opportunity to make a real difference.
If you'd like to have a chat about the role or if you have any questions, Leanne would love to hear from you. You can contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 801 9825.
To apply now, please download and fill in our short application form. If you wish to discuss submitting your application by an alternative method, please speak to Leanne.