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.

On Hoxton Street there's a shop like no other, purveying quality goods to Monsters of every kind. We need morbid mortals to keep Hoxton’s monstrous creatures stocked with their daily essentials, unwelcome the odd human customer, and keep our recently launched monster-human postal exchange Post Mortem running smoothly.

Shopkeepers will gain expert knowledge of all our products like Olde Fashioned Brain Jam, Cubed Earwax and our range of Tinned Fear, including their origins, benefits and side effects. They will also learn the inside scoop about our monster correspondents so they can encourage our more daring mini-human visitors to engage in letter exchanges with them.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (HSMS) can provide valuable work experience for any volunteers looking for paid employment in the retail sector. Long term, dedicated and punctual volunteers can be supplied with references if the need arises.



Time commitment

We expect all of our volunteers to commit to a minimum of six sessions every six months. The shop is open Thursday - Friday 1pm - 5pm and Saturday 11am - 5pm (a shopkeeping session will start and end 15 minutes either side of opening times).
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Ministry of Stories has a detailed COVID-19 policy

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.