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Ministry of Stories - Story Minister

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions we are currently only recruiting shop volunteers. Please email to express interest.

To be added to a waiting list as a Writing Mentor or any other role, please email Dorothy at

Join our team of Story Ministers and help provide creative writing support for young people aged 8 - 18 in East London. Since 2010, our tip-top Story Ministers have supported hundreds of children in schools and at our out of school clubs, to explore writing and get excited about the stories they want to tell; building their confidence, self-expression and vital literacy skills. Participants have created their own Children’s Republic with laws, a secret service and soft rock national anthem; produced an album sold on iTunes and Amazon; written a soap opera with script writers from East Enders; and held a creative cabinet meeting at number 10.

You do not need to be a writer or have worked with young people to sign up as we provide full training including tips on mentoring techniques, behaviour management and safeguarding. As long as you have good written/spoken English skills and plenty of enthusiasm you can become a great mentor!  

Workshops are approximately two hours long with 30 minute briefing and debrief sessions before and after. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. We run workshops through the school year, out of school clubs on Thursdays and Saturdays and special projects during school holidays. If you are looking for experience working with young people or a charity, or if you are eager to help create a positive impact at a local community level, then this could be the right opportunity for you.  

If you would like to register please click on the link below and fill in the registration form. Once registered you will be invited to an Introduction and Training session. If you have any questions please contact us: t. 020 7729 4159 e.


Who to contact

Dorothy Cotter
Volunteer & Programme Administrator
020 7729 4159
Additional Notes

Date and Time
Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm

Session Information
We run children's creative writing workshops normally lasting two to three hours between the hours of 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. 

Other Details
Costs: Travel costs reimbursed to volunteers
Volunteers age: 16+
Who can make a referral: Anyone

Additional Information 
We have full disabled access at our main site, however some workshops take place at other locations where access varies. We encourage applicants with mental health challenges to apply and consider suitability on a case by case basis. We also consider people with criminal convictions on a case by case basis and make decisions based primarily on the safeguarding of children and staff. 


Where to go

Venue address
159 Hoxton Street
N1 6PJ
Additional Notes

Located behind Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. Enquire in the shop or if the shop is closed please ring the bell.

Journey Planner

Address: 159  Hoxton Street  Hackney  London