Volunteer Creative Writing Mentors
Contract: Volunteer Agreement
Hours: Fortnightly on Wednesday from 15:00 -20:00 (unless still on Zoom by September, in which case weekly from 15.30 - 19.15)
Location: London, Finsbury Park
Closing date: 1 August 2021
Expected date of interviews: 11 August 2021
Job ref: VA448
Are you a professional writer? Are you passionate about using creative writing and the power of words to help survivors of torture have a voice?
We have an exciting opportunity for two people to volunteer as Mentors/Workshop Facilitators for our unique creative writing group, ‘Write to Life’, located at our London Centre.
For the past 20 years Freedom from Torture has developed Write to Life, into a thriving creative writing group with existing and former clients, all of whom are survivors of torture. Write to Life has successfully supported hundreds of clients in creative writing sessions held on a one to one and group workshop basis; many have gone on to be published writers and assured performers at festivals, fundraisers and public events.
Although primarily a writing group, that writing has taken many forms, from film to musical narrative to theatre, and now exploring comedy. Write to Life has also collaborated on creative projects with the Roundhouse, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert and British Museums, NWLive Arts, Ice&Fire and Tamasha Theatre, amongst others.
We have also recently begun to publish a Zine, in digital and hard copy. Mentors will be expected to take turns in co-editing the Zine, alongside a group member. Freedom from Torture is a survivor-focused and led organisation, and we’re keen that group members be encouraged to co-facilitate and plan workshops.
What your volunteering commitment will look like
· Take on one or two clients for one to one writing sessions (fortnightly), ideally before the workshop, on the same day.
· Take turns in the purchase and preparation of food for the light meal before the workshop.
· Devise and run 2-3 writing workshops a year, both general creative writing and specific to the aims and programme of Freedom from Torture.
· Participate in occasional events (fundraisers, festivals and parties).
· Attend Write to Life mentors’ meetings and any other meetings of the Survivor Empowerment Directorate or Freedom from Torture, as and when relevant.
If you are a professional writer of any kind (novels, plays, poetry, or from publishing or teaching), have experience with vulnerable populations, ideally as a writing teacher, and if you’re able to commit to volunteering for at least one year in our Write to Life creative writing group, we would love to hear from you.
To view the role Description and Person Specification, please click the link provided, or for more information please email Sheila Hayman (email details on the apply link).
Freedom from Torture is an equal opportunity employer! People with lived experience of torture or asylum, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.
We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work. Freedom from Torture is committed to its responsibilities under safeguarding, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure, as well as a full employment history and up to date employment references and the Right to Volunteer in the UK.
We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.