- To devise and facilitate our regular or one-off poetry workshops
- To provide an enjoyable experience for participants (with an awareness in particular of participants who may not be familiar with poetry, or are new to creative writing)
- Helping plan and deliver fun and interactive sessions for poetry-related workshop activities, depending on the needs of the session
- To run sessions by directing activities and supervising participants. In the past this has included such activities as cut-up poetry, sock-puppet making, zine-making, collective poetry-writing, and beyond. We are always open to and interested in new and creative ways to encourage people to explore poetry!
Skills and abilities needed
- to enjoy helping others
- to be able to work in a team with other volunteers
- a creative and flexible attitude
- Experience in running similar events and activities is an advantage, but support and supervision will also be available. If you’re totally new to running workshops, we recommend pitching in as a workshop helper first.
- Safeguarding support is also available, as many of our regular workshop sessions involve working with vulnerable adults
Timings and Locations
Various locations and timings, including one-off sessions (in the past we have run ad hoc sessions such as a nature-walk and poetry workshop for children based on The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, or a ‘Recycle a Poem’ workshop with various upcycling poetry activities as part of the Oxfordshire Reuses festival).
We have a number of regular/semi-regular workshop sessions working with people facing homelessness which would really benefit from input from new workshop leaders or facilitators:
- Writing Home at Open House Oxford – every Wednesday morning, 10am – 12 noon
- Library Days at O’Hanlon House – 2nd Friday of every month, time of day flexible based on volunteer availability
- Literacy Fridays at The Gatehouse – Fridays 6pm-7pm, occasional appearances based on volunteer availability