Volunteer

A Fighting Words volunteer leading a creative writing workshop in front of a group of children who are sitting on bean bagsNEW VOLUNTEERS – WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU!

Already a volunteer?

 

All Fighting Words programmes are run by teams of volunteer writing mentors – people just like YOU. We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out at our weekday workshops with primary and secondary school classes, and our after-school Write Clubs. No previous experience is necessary!

For more information about volunteering with Fighting Words NI, write to volunteer@fightingwords.co.uk

Volunteer mentors should be over 18 years.

What kind of people volunteer at Fighting Words?

Everyone! All tutoring at Fighting Words is free and delivered by teams of volunteer writing mentors.  We have over 200 volunteers - people from all walks of life - including third level students (from all disciplines!), retired people, writers (both professional and aspiring), teachers, journalists, visual artists, musicians and filmmakers - just to name a few.  

What kind of skills do I need to volunteer at Fighting Words?

Anyone who enjoys working in a creative environment with the individuals and groups that come to our centres - and is a good listener -  is welcome to volunteer. You don't need to be a writer or a teacher to be a Fighting Words volunteer mentor.

What kind of commitment to I have to give?

Volunteering with Fighting Words is totally flexible because your time is a valuable resource. For example, we have volunteers who choose to come in on the same day every week on the same day, and others who come in a few times a year. 

There is no minimum time commitment - and we mean that!

What is involved when I sign up?

Most workshops are divided into two parts: group work and individual writing time. During the first half, you might be asked to hang up coats or provide name badges to the students. In the second half, you will work with 2-3 students as they work on their writing, providing help, advice and encouragement. There is never any emphasis on spelling or grammar.

Some of our volunteers are also story illustrators and provide the pictures to accompany the students' stories while more experienced volunteers may become workshop leaders.

Can I help with story illustrations?

Yes, we need volunteers to create the illustrations that accompany the students' stories.

Where do Fighting Words workshops take place?

We are presently delivering our workshops online and plan to have a mix of online and in-person workshops in future. In-person workshops take place in our bespoke creative writing space in the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Rd in east Belfast.

How do I sign up and what happens next?

Step 1: Email volunteer@fightingwords.co.uk
Step 2: One of our team will be in touch with more details and an application form
Step 3: Return the application form and we will contact your references
Step 4: Attend a training session and apply for Access NI check

 

Once we have everything confirmed, we will work with you to find a suitable time for your first volunteer session.

Read some stories from our young people

A collage of hand drawn story illustrations