Who is Story Factory?

Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people aged 7 to 17 based in Sydney and Western Sydney. Our mission is to enrich the lives of young people in under-resourced communities through creative writing and storytelling.

What does Story Factory do?

Our workshops are designed by creative writing and literacy experts (our Storytellers) who work with teachers and schools to craft programs that respond to the specific needs of young people and to build literacy, confidence and creativity.

We align our creative writing workshops to the school syllabus so the impact for students is greater and more cohesive, and we make them fun and engaging. Our workshops are led by Storytellers with support from volunteer writing tutors.

Our tutors are there to support small groups of students in their writing, helping to encourage, support and prompt where needed. Young people are empowered to create stories of all kinds, which we publish and celebrate.

Our tutors are an essential part of this process.

Where does Story Factory Work?

Across Sydney and Greater Western Sydney. We are particularly active in the following local government areas and looking for Volunteer Tutors who can travel to or live near:

  • Mount Druitt
  • Blacktown
  • Parramatta
  • Liverpool
  • Campbelltown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Penrith
When do Story Factory Programs run?

Our main Volunteer opportunity is as a face-to-face tutor in workshops across Sydney and Greater Western Sydney. As we partner with schools, our workshops take place Monday – Friday from 8am-4pm with a few exceptions. Most workshops require a two- to four-hour commitment, once a week, for six to eight weeks. Volunteers may sign up to assist at one or more schools. 

What does a Story Factory Volunteer need?

Essential

  • Be encouraging and supportive.
  • Have good listening skills.
  • Be flexible and adaptive.
  • Be enthusiastic and curious.
  • Be reliable, committed and patient.
  • Be non-judgemental, respectful and empathetic.
  • Be tolerant and respectful of individual and cultural differences.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to actively maintain appropriate boundaries.
  • Have conversational English (You do not have to have perfect English – but will need to hold a conversation and interpret instructions)
  • NSW Working With Children Check
  • National Police (Criminal) Check

Desirable

  • Experience working with groups of children and young people.
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
What does a Story Factory Volunteer do?
  • Commit to attending all weekly workshops for at least one school term.
  • Work in small groups or one-on-one to support students to complete activities and tasks set by the Storyteller. We also run some programs online, so you can volunteer from home.
  • Create a safe and welcoming space for students to express and share ideas, and take healthy risks in creating stories.
  • Show interest and curiosity in, and enthusiasm about, students’ ideas and work.
  • Provide prompts and guidance with student stories.
  • Provide constructive and positive praise and feedback.
  • Assist with scribing, grammar, punctuation, etc., if required.
  • Be flexible and adapt to the needs of each student on any given day.
  • Follow all reasonable instructions provided by the Storyteller.
  • Participate in workshop briefing, debriefing and evaluation processes.
  • Maintain regular contact with Storytellers, Volunteer Managers and Story Factory staff.
  • Maintain confidentiality and set clear boundaries in line with Story Factory Policies and Code of Conduct, Child Safety and Social Media Policies.
  • Story Factory is a Child Safe Organisation with comprehensive child safety policies and charter and adheres to all child safety guidelines. We ask that Volunteers immediately report any child safety concerns to Story Factory staff.
How do I sign up?

To make sure we’re what you’re looking for as a Volunteer, there are a few steps to becoming one so you get to know us a little better!

  1. Attend a one- hour information session to find out more about the volunteer role and what you can expect in our workshops.
  2. Complete an application form.
  3. Attend a three- hour training session equipping you with all the skills you need for the classroom.
  4. Complete relevant paperwork & screening including:
    • Working With Children Check
    • National Police Check
    • Volunteer Agreement and Policy documents.