Sharing the spark of creativity

5 February 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Sharing the spark of creativity|

ARE you looking for a fun way to get involved in your community in 2020?

The Story Island Project is on the lookout for volunteer tutors, offering the chance to get creative and make a difference in the lives of local young people.

The Story Island Project is recruiting enthusiastic, committed people to help deliver weekly, 90-minute creative writing workshops in local primary schools, starting at Glenorchy Primary in February.

The fun workshops, led by Story Island co-founder Emily Bullock, builds young people’s creative skills and confidence, supporting their participation in authentic, ‘real world’ arts experiences.

The Moonah-based, non-profit organisation has run workshops in areas of need around Hobart since 2015.

“Our aim is for young people to harness the power of their imaginations so they can grow to be resilient and creative shapers of their own lives,” Ms Bullock said.

Fellow co-founder and executive officer Kate Gross said volunteers played a vital role in Story Island’s work with young people.

“We aim to have a volunteer for each one or two young people in our workshops,” she said.

“That way, young people can get valuable individual attention and encouragement – that’s when the creative magic really happens.”

While new volunteers do not need any prior experience, Mrs Gross said the role was best suited to people with a desire to share the spark of creativity with young people.

“We run a free training session for all new volunteers before they begin their role, so they get a clear idea of exactly what is involved in being a volunteer tutor,” she said.

Story Island has received Arts Tasmania funding to run eight-week workshop programs in four primary schools in 2020: Glenorchy Primary, Goodwood Primary, Clarendon Vale Primary and Rokeby Primary.

To find out more or express interest in becoming a volunteer tutor, visit storyislandproject.org/volunteer or search for ‘The Story Island Project’ on Facebook.

Caption: The Story Island Project is seeking volunteer tutors to help spread creativity among local youth.

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