Story Factory visit schools and community organisations right across Sydney and Western Sydney, working with young people on term-length creative writing programs to develop their literacy skills and help them find their voices. Our paid storytelling staff plan, develop and deliver the workshops, and our amazing team of volunteers act as mentors to small groups of students within those workshops, helping them to express their thoughts and create a published piece of writing. 

The role

Volunteers will be mentoring small groups (usually 1-5, occasionally larger) of primary and/or secondary school students. They do so under the guidance and support of our Storytelling staff.


  • Working with Children Check
  • Formal interview
  • Orientation training

When and where

In various schools and community organisations right across Sydney. Some examples include (but are not limited to): Redfern, Parramatta, Blacktown, Mt Druitt, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Toongabbie, Telopea.

Programs all run weekdays, from Monday to Friday. Times vary, but can happen anywhere from 8:30am-5pm. Most programs run for around 1-3 hours per week, usually on the same day each week.


Before applying for this opportunity please ensure:

By applying to ACU Engagement for this opportunity, you acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.

Important notice If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of a requirement of your course (i.e., for a unit or practicum requirement), then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If you are completing this as a required part of your course, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer, we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

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