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The Orwell Foundation
The Orwell Foundation is an independent charity. We use Orwell's remarkable legacy to celebrate honest writing and reporting, uncover hidden lives, confront uncomfortable truths and, through the Orwell Youth Prize, to encourage all young people to think and write creatively and critically.

Volunteer with the Orwell Youth Prize!

The Orwell Youth Prize is an annual writing Prize for young people in school years 8-13, using the writing of George Orwell as a starting point to encourage entrants to think and write about the world they live in. We encourage entries in all forms of writing, from poetry to essays, articles, stories, scripts and even game design. The 2023 Prize theme is ‘Who's in Control?'

The work of our volunteers is what makes The Orwell Youth Prize unique. More than just a prize, we offer all entrants free, personalised feedback on a first draft. We know the importance of drafting and constructive, encouraging criticism in developing writing skills. We also know that not every young person has the support networks in place to get this. Our system for feedback aims to level the playing field.

We'd love UCL students to apply to be Personalised Feedback Volunteers.

Time commitment

For more information about our volunteering programme, including key dates for 2023, please visit our website here:
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
This is a virtual opportunity.

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.