Fighting Words provides free mentoring in all forms of creative writing.
Our programming is delivered by volunteer mentors who donate their time to help students of all ages to tell their stories.
This is the place for everything you need to know about the Fighting Words volunteer programme!
Let’s Get Started
Interested in becoming a volunteer mentor at our programmes for children, young people and adults with additional needs? If you enjoy spending time with children and young people and you are a good listener, then you are qualified to volunteer. No previous experience is necessary!
What kind of people volunteer at Fighting Words?
Everyone! All mentoring at Fighting Words is free and delivered by teams of volunteer writing mentors. We have over 400 volunteer mentors - people from all walks of life - including third level students (from all disciplines!), retired people, writers (both professional and aspiring), teachers, journalists, visual artists, musicians and filmmakers - just to name a few.
What kind of skills do I need to volunteer at Fighting Words?
Anyone who enjoys working in a creative environment with the individuals and groups that come to our centres - and is a good listener - is welcome to volunteer. You don't need to be a writer or a teacher to be a Fighting Words volunteer writing mentor.
What about people who like to draw? Are there opportunities for illustrators?
Yes! We look for illustrators at our primary school story writing workshops. Students love to see their ideas interpreted as illustrations! You don't need any professional experience - we look for people who want to give it a go and enjoy it. The process for becoming a volunteer illustrator is the same as for our volunteer mentors.
What kind of commitment to I have to give?
Volunteering with Fighting Words is totally flexible because your time is a valuable resource. Mentors choose the days and times they come in using our online calendars. You simply click on the day you'd like to come in and sign up.
There is no minimum time commitment - and we mean that!
What is the process in becoming a volunteer?
There are a few steps involved in becoming a volunteer, so you're fully ready for your first workshop and to comply with our commitment to the highest standards of child protection. Our team will guide you every step of the way!
- Application Form
- Reference Check
- Garda Vetting
Volunteering at Fighting Words - Tell Me More!
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Please complete the form below and a member of the Fighting Words team will contact you with all the information and the forms that you need to get started as a volunteer mentor!
Please note that volunteer recruitment runs from September to late May.
Transition Year Work Experience
Are you in Transition Year (or will be next year)? Fighting Words welcomes TY students for placements at our centres in Dublin and Wicklow.
It's fast paced and fun and you will receive plenty of support from Fighting Words staff. You’ll be part of the team in no time!