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Trustee – Community Champion 

Voluntary role

Trustees initially join the board for three years, and are then eligible for re-appointment for a second three-year term.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 12th December 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an informal conversation.

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About the role

The Ministry of Stories is looking for a new Community Champion trustee: a well connected member of our local community who is able to champion our work locally, whilst listening and sharing with us the current issues and priorities within the community.

You could be a local parent or volunteer, or have grown up or work locally. You will share our vision of inspiring and supporting young people’s ideas, imagination and voice through their creativity and writing. You will have the time and passion to be an important part of our organisation, helping us to keep young people and our community at its heart.

Who we’re looking for

The Community Champion will:

  • Help us better understand our community – the challenges, needs and opportunities
  • Promote and connect us with other local organisations, schools and individuals to help us join up services, avoid duplication and reach families who are not currently accessing our programmes  
  • Help us to shape our work to ensure that it is relevant and meaningful for the communities that we work with
  • Help us ensure we are a welcoming and inclusive organisation, and one that reflects the rich diversity of the community that we are in

You will have:

  • A good awareness and understanding of the community and it’s needs
  • Positive relationships or networks within the community – for example with community organisations, the local council, other parents, or local schools
  • A strong commitment to the principles of the work of the Ministry of Stories: belief in the power of children’s imagination, ideas and voice
  • An understanding and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Why join our team?

Ministry of Stories is growing. We are expanding our team of passionate, skilled and motivated individuals who share our ambition to champion the writer in every child.

It’s an exciting time to join Ministry of Stories as we enter our second decade and embark on an ambitious new strategy. We’re expanding our Community Writing Labs to support more children to access free writing programmes at our dedicated writing centre in east London, and developing a new offer to support schools to meet their needs through creative writing. Our attention-grabbing shop, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, is growling and growing to expand our monster customer base through new products and marketing.

Our approach to recruitment

We have a flexible and welcoming team culture and are open to exploring your needs and preferences as part of the recruitment process. We may also be able to consider flexible or part-time working so please raise requests at interview.

Our programmes and shop proudly serve a wonderfully diverse east London community. We particularly welcome candidates who define themselves as:

  • Black, Black British Caribbean and Black British African
  • Asian and Asian British
  • Turkish
  • Mixed Ethnicity
  • From our local area (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington)
  • Working class
  • Disabled
Ready to take the next step?

To apply, please send us:

  • a short email, letter or video (no more than one side of A4 or a 2 minute video) to that tells us why you are interested in the role, and the skills and experience you bring
  • a CV, professional biography or an up-to-date LinkedIn profile
  • a completed diversity monitoring form

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 12th December 2023.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for an informal conversation. The successful candidate will be invited to join a full Board meeting as an observer, before being formally appointed at the following meeting.

If you have any access requirements please drop us a line to and we will do our best to support you to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you.

About us

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help young people discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing. We develop self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and small group mentoring for children living in under-resourced communities, working in schools, and at our dedicated writing centre in east London.

We empower young people to write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas, creativity and imagination. Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot go back to support our work with young people.

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