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Volunteers give generously of their time supporting projects such as Live Tales, our children and young people’s writing centre.  In return we work hard to create a community spirit amongst them and a supportive, welcoming, friendly environment.  We invest energetically in their training and are as keen to learn from their life experience as they are to learn of our practice.

Would you like to encourage and inspire young people to develop their imaginations and write stories? Why not become a volunteer at Live Tales and see children develop communication skills and grow in confidence? Volunteers provide encouragement, one-to-one and in small groups, and help the children to improve their writing and storytelling.

Maybe you’re better with pictures than words? Volunteer illustrators create drawings to accompany the children’s stories.

There are Volunteering opportunities at Live Theatre projects in Newcastle, and at The Fire Station, Sunderland.

Sessions run for 3hrs (30mins briefing, 2hr workshop, 30mins debrief), and are held during term time.

Tuesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm & 12.30pm - 3.30pm, The Fire Station, Sunderland
Wednesday 9.00am -12.30pm, Live Tales, Newcastle
Thursdays 9.30am - 12.30pm, The Fire Station, Sunderland, 
Thursdays 9.30am - 12.30pm & 12.30pm - 3.30pm, Live Tales, Newcastle
Fridays 9.30am - 12.30pm, Live Tales, Newcastle 

Live Tales Volunteer Film

'My volunteer work for Live Tales was major part of my being offered a place on the Children’s Book Illustration MA.'


Volunteers must be over 18 and full training and support is provided. The commitment is flexible, and you can do more or less as necessary to fit in with your life.

All prospective volunteers are subject to reference and DBS checks as part of Live Tales’ child protection policy.

'Connects any adult who has an interest in creative writing with the magic that is the child’s creative imagination.'


Email it to or return by post to

Live Tales, Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ

Live Tales Volunteer Form Feb 18.docx

'I feel fortunate to be part of the children’s inspiring adventure.'

  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund


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