We’re often asked questions, and we ask a lot ourselves. It’s a good way to start thinking about a story. But questions have other uses too, and here we’ve tried to answer some of those we’re asked most frequently.
How can I help?
The Ministry of Stories runs on a great amount of giving, and we’re always looking for people who would like to help out. Whether it’s time spent volunteering as a mentor in a writing workshop, insider advice from experts, kind donations of money or time, or simply a supportive quote, a story for our website, or something else helpful we haven’t thought of yet. You give us what you want and are able to, and we’re very grateful. That’s how it works. Thank you very much.
How do I sign up to be a volunteer mentor?
It’s easy to apply to volunteer via the website [link]. We’ll then contact you and arrange a time for a 1:1 meeting – a chance for you to find out more about what’s involved, and for us to find out more about you. Then you’re ready for our training session, where you’ll learn how to be a mentor at MoS, get authorised so you can register for workshops, and be welcomed aboard. And you will be very welcome.
What’s the time commitment for volunteering?
There’s no minimum amount of time to volunteer – it could be once a week, once a month or once a year. Please bear in mind that because the vast majority of our activity happens during the school day or just after school, opportunities to volunteer evenings and weekends are limited.
What kind of training is there for volunteers?
All volunteers will take part in a day-long training session, which introduces them to being a mentor, and answers any questions about MoS, including health and safety, child safeguarding and all the practical information you’ll need to enjoy volunteering with us.
Can I volunteer in other ways?
We are always looking for help with the running of the organisation. You can volunteer to run a particular workshop, write funding bids, help staff the monster shop, facilitate fundraising events and throw parties or publish student publications. Check out our Wanted section [link] for the latest skills we’re searching for.
I’ve got an idea for a workshop I’d like to run, what’s next?
We’re interested in all kinds of story telling and particularly in taking writing beyond the page: comic books, song writing, writing for games, journalism, audio podcasts, performance, travel writing, poetry, films, short stories, copywriting, journalling. We love ideas of all kinds and are always on the look out for talented and inspiring people to lead workshops. If you’re already a registered volunteer, please email Anne to talk more about this.
I am a primary teacher, how do I book onto a story writing trip for my class?
We run primary fieldtrips on 3 mornings a week, from 10am – 12pm for up to 30 children. During the course of the workshop, your children will work together to craft the beginning of a story, with our transcriber and illustrator, finish it individually and leave as published authors with their very own book. Please contact us directly to book your storywriting field trip.
I am a secondary teacher, how do I book a workshop for my class?
We are currently developing a range of one off workshops and longer projects over 4-6 weeks with local secondary schools. If you’re a local secondary school and would like to find out more about being part of this programme, please contact us direct.
I work with a group of young people, do you run projects outside school time?
We hope to be able to run holiday and weekend projects very soon. Please sign up for our newsletter [link] to find out when these opportunities become available. Your young people are welcome to attend our drop-in sessions on Thursdays after school and Saturday mornings.
I’d like help with my writing, how does it work?
If you’re aged 8-18, you can come to our drop in writing session from 3.30-6.30pm on Thursdays or 10am-12pm on Saturdays. There you’ll find mentors waiting to help you one-to-one with your writing, whether it’s homework, a story, poem, personal statement, CV or job application. You can also ask your teacher to book a school trip to the Ministry of Stories. If you’re over 18, you might like to join our volunteer corps – we have regular get-togethers and we’re a supportive network of writers ourselves. We also have special events with amazing writers and performers, so stay tuned to our announcements to make the most of opportunities to get inspired.