• To devise and facilitate our regular or one-off poetry workshops
  • To provide an enjoyable experience for participants (with an awareness in particular of participants who may not be familiar with poetry, or are new to creative writing)


  • Helping plan and deliver fun and interactive sessions for poetry-related workshop activities, depending on the needs of the session
  • To run sessions by directing activities and supervising participants. In the past this has included such activities as cut-up poetry, sock-puppet making, zine-making, collective poetry-writing, and beyond. We are always open to and interested in new and creative ways to encourage people to explore poetry!


Skills and abilities needed

  • to enjoy helping others
  • to be able to work in a team with other volunteers
  • a creative and flexible attitude
  • Experience in running similar events and activities is an advantage, but support and supervision will also be available. If you’re totally new to running workshops, we recommend pitching in as a workshop helper first.
  • Safeguarding support is also available, as many of our regular workshop sessions involve working with vulnerable adults

Timings and Locations

Various locations and timings, including one-off sessions (in the past we have run ad hoc sessions such as a nature-walk and poetry workshop for children based on The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, or a ‘Recycle a Poem’ workshop with various upcycling poetry activities as part of the Oxfordshire Reuses festival).

Sound good? Not sure and want more information?

Drop us an email at oplvolunteer@gmail.com or fill in the form here to find out more.