Story mentors do a very important job at Little Green Pig, supporting young people in our workshops to get inspired by writing and get their words on the page. Not only that, you’ll be helping build their confidence and communication skills.
You don’t have to be a teacher or a writer to be a volunteer story mentor. You do need to be able to speak and write English fluently, and have patience and enthusiasm. We give you full training on how to work with young people and how to bring your own personality and skills to the role. You’ll be required to undergo a DBS check and adhere to our child protection policy.
Currently, we are specifically looking for volunteers who are free to volunteer on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. As most of our workshops take place during, or immediately after, school hours, you need to be free during the work day.
Workshops are usually two hours long with 30 minute briefing and debrief sessions before and after.
‘I’ve been blown away by all of the children [at the workshops]. I sometimes feel bit of an alien when it comes to young children. I wanted to connect a bit again, and I’ve done that. I don’t feel so much like an alien anymore.’
Rachel, story mentor
Are you proficient with a pencil or paintbrush? We need experienced illustrators to bring the young writers’ stories to life with pictures. You don’t need to have worked on children’s illustrations before, you just need illustrative experience and the confidence to translate children’s ideas (such as the Blah Blah Blah tribe) into pictures. You also need to be ‘quick on the draw’ as you’ll be mainly illustrating in our storymaking workshops in front of children. There may also be other opportunities such as one-off design projects.
‘Volunteering as an illustrator for Little Green Pig is exciting and dynamic. You have to be ready with your pen, pencil or whatever, responding to the young people’s ideas and imaginations, sometimes asking a question or two if you need more detail about a character or a setting. It is incredibly rewarding to see the children’s enjoyment when their characters ‘come to life’ in your drawing.’
Ottilie, volunteer illustrator
Raising funds so we can keep our activities free and reach more young people is another great way you can volunteer at Little Green Pig. Some of the ways our fundraising volunteers have helped us are organising a fantastic quiz (link), manning a book stall or baking cakes for us to sell at an event. If you have a fundraising idea you’d like to do, we’d love to hear it. Another way to help is with researching and helping write funding bids. Whether you’ve already got experience in this area or would like to develop your bid writing skills, please get in touch.