Ministry of Stories
The Ministry of Stories is a writing and mentoring centre in east London, where anyone aged 8 to 16 can come and discover their own gift for writing. You’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies.

Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre in east London (hidden behind a secret door in the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies shop!). 

Local young people (aged 8 to 16) come to writing workshops each week to explore their creativity, build their confidence and find their voice. We also deliver innovative writing projects in schools across Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington. 

Our Community Writing Labs are run by our Writing Facilitators, supported by volunteer Writing Mentors. There are 5 weekly sessions, each lasts 2.5 hours. 

Each term, young writers work on an exciting project in a different genre including Short Stories, Poetry, Animation, Podcasts and Songwriting. Each project ends with a professionally finished outcome e.g. a broadcast (radio soap Chronicles of Hoxton Street on BBC Radio), a published book (The Awfully Bad Guide to Monster Travel), or a fully payable Escape Room (The Night The Day Was Broken)!

We are always looking for more writing mentors to support our community projects and school projects.



Time commitment

We have a variety of different sessions on different days of the week to suit your availability. We ask that mentors commit to a minimum of 6 sessions in 6 months.
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
We have a detailed COVID-19 policy to keep staff, mentors and young people safe as well as additions to our workshop space such as air purifiers.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.