“Volunteering on the White Water Writers project was an experience I’ll never forget. It was fantastic to see such positive changes in the young writers over such a short period of time. It gave me the opportunity to work with an age group I hadn’t worked with before and that was a challenge but a thoroughly enjoyable one. I felt well supported by the other facilitators I worked with as well as the White Water Writers team. The training workshop and materials were easy to follow and gave me confidence that I could help facilitate the team of young writers from the initial project brief all the way to the final edit of their book. I would definitely volunteer again for White Water Writers and would recommend the experience to anybody who loves writing, creativity or helping young people achieve something amazing!”
Katie Wright-Bevans (former volunteer)
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in novel writing and / or working with young people who can spare some time to help run this fantastic project.
Ideally we require volunteers who can spare 5 full days (Monday to Friday) out of their schedule. However this is not a requirement if you wish to volunteer. We can also offer you one or two days only and you could choose from the following: Monday only, Tuesday & Wednesday only or Thursday & Friday only.
The 5 days are referred to by us as a ‘camp’. This is non-residential in nature and fits into the normal school day but pupils who are taking part are taken out of their normal routine to focus solely on the writing camp. It is an intense process for all and requires a lot of energy and enthusiasm from our volunteers to keep the young people motivated right through to the end. On days that you are volunteering, you will be expected to be available from 8am – 5pm. A typical day starts at 8:30am and finishes around 3 -4pm.
Develop your skillset
White Water Writers was developed in 2009 by academics at Royal Holloway who created a unique online collaborative writing tool to enable a group of young people to write a novel together, at the same time. Prior to running a camp you will be trained on how to use this software.
During your training you will also be given a manual that outlines the process from start to finish. This can be easily referred to whilst you are facilitating. You will never be left alone with a group – there will always be at least one member of staff from the school present and at least one other volunteer so there will always be someone to ask should you have questions as the camp is running.
Once you have signed up to become a volunteer we will organise a suitable time for your training and make sure you have everything you need before you run a camp. In return for your time we will reimburse you for all your travel expenses, this will include petrol costs if you drive or ticket prices if you use public transport.
If you would like to become a volunteer please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org