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Writing Mentor to Children and Young People

Fighting Words

About Fighting Words

Co-founded by Roddy Doyle, Fighting Words is the creative writing organisation for children and young people, with locations all around Ireland. All our programmes are free of charge and run by teams of volunteer writing mentors. Join our team to help children to explore their imaginations and tell their stories!

What's Involved

At Fighting Words, our team of writing mentors assist children, young people and adults with additional needs at creative writing workshops.

We are looking for anyone who just enjoys working with children - experience in creative writing is not necessary! We are looking for good listeners who want to help children tell their own stories in their own words and build their self-confidence through the creative practice of writing.

Our workshops are in two halves:
1. Group work - In the first half, mentors help with everything from writing out name badges and hanging up coats to facilitating the group writing.
2. Individual writing time - In the second half, everyone has the same role - helping the participants with their stories by offering encouragement and positive feedback in a relaxed and creative environment.

No previous experience is required!

What's required for this position

  • We are looking for people who want to work with children and young people to help them tell their own stories in their own way.
  • The emphasis is always on ideas and creativity, never on spelling or grammar.
  • If you want to help build self esteem in a creative environment, you have the skills required for this role.

    • Arts/ Music/ Drama
    • Education/ Training
    • Multi-lingual/ Multi-culturalism
    • Youth/ Childcare

    Level of English required for this role:
    Intermediate English

    Times and commitment required for this role


    Minimum time commitment: Flexible

    Other Details

    Location of volunteering opportunity:
    Fighting Words, Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53

    Screening details for this role:

    • Garda Vetting
    • Informal Interviews
    • References
    • Application Form
    • Identification Check (photo ID etc…)

    Volunteers will be provided with the following supports:

    • Support/ advice/ recognition
    • Supervision
    • Initial induction and training
    • Insurance cover

    Volunteers with the following challenges will be supported in this role

    • Physical Disability
    • Sensory Disability
    • Learning Disability
    • Mental Health Difficulties

    Age restrictions:
    Over 18

    Is this opportunity suitable for groups/teams of volunteers?

    Benefits you will receive as a volunteer

    Volunteering with Fighting Words provides the opportunity to meet new people, to experience an informal education environment, provides creative inspiration and is a lot of fun!

    Getting there

    Bus routes along Lower Drumcondra Road (11, 16, 41), 123 to Summerhill or any bus route to Mountjoy Square. Train to Drumcondra or Connolly. Nearest LUAS stop is Parnell.

    • This opportunity is posted by:
    • Volunteer Centre: Dublin City
    Volunteer Ireland is delighted to acknowledge the support of:
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