VOLUNTEER

Volunteers play a vital role in helping us to present a dynamic programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults. There are lots of ways to get involved at Grand Junction and we have a range of in person and remote roles. Take a look at our volunteer roles below.

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Take the first step and view our latest volunteering opportunities. To apply, complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team.

Visitor Experience Volunteer Meet and greet visitors to our vibrant community hub

Visitor Experience Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. Our mission is to create, foster and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults in our three amazing spaces. We depend on the support of volunteers to run Grand Junction.  We’re looking for friendly and approachable volunteers to greet visitors to our vibrant community space and offer information and assistance to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and get the most out of their visit.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF

When?

Grand Junction is also open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays 10am – 4pm. Visitor experience volunteers sit in the church welcoming visitors, assist with putting up signage and promotional materials around the building and help with admin tasks. We are looking for volunteers to cover one of for the following shifts once a week or once a fortnight: Monday 10:00 – 13:00 or 13:00 – 16:00 Wednesday 10:00 – 13:00 0r 13:00 – 16:00

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, Visitor Experience volunteers will:

  • Offer guests a warm welcome to Grand Junction, and signpost visitors around the building and support visitors to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Chat with visitors and offer information about our What’s On programme, and promote other activities and events at Grand Junction
  • Supervise Grand Junction’s exhibitions
  • Update our ‘What’s on’ noticeboards
  • Prepare chairs and tables in the Activities Studio for community workshops
  • Provide brief information about the building and its history
  • Keep accurate records of visitor numbers to Grand Junction
  • Support visitors to complete a visitor experience feedback survey
  • Ensure that information leaflets are kept well stocked and displayed for the public
  • Help to ensure that guests have a safe and enjoyable visit to our community space by monitoring health and safety considerations, including inspecting visitor facilities
  • Promote volunteering opportunities at Grand Junction
  • Thank visitors as they leave

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Enjoy interacting with a diverse range of people
  • Are clear and confident communicators
  • Are friendly and welcoming, with good interpersonal skills
  • Take pride in providing excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoy working as part of a team, but also thrive when working independently
  • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a real difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will:

  • Receive ongoing training, including a detailed volunteer induction and training specific to the role
  • Receive reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with the PDT volunteer policy
  • Receive ongoing support from Grand Junction’s Volunteer Manager, and other Grand Junction staff
  • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant
  • Be invited to regular volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain on-the-ground customer service experience in a heritage and community setting
  • Develop new skills and increase confidence
  • Meet like-minded people, and make friends!
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of cultural activities for the local community and feel fulfilment in ‘giving back’

Additional information

  • No previous experience is required for this role. Full training will be provided
  • All volunteers will be asked to wear Grand Junction volunteer t-shirts
  • Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references. Some roles may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. You will hear back from us within 5 working days. For more information, please contact: volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk.

Live Music Event Steward Volunteer Support our exciting and varied Live Music Programme

Live Music Event Steward Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. We create, foster and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults in our three amazing spaces. We depend on the support of volunteers at Grand Junction. We’re looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteer stewards to help us prepare our venue for a season of live events, offer our visitors a warm welcome, and provide information and assistance to ensure that our events run smoothly and are enjoyed by all.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF

When?

We are looking for people who can steward at some of the below events:

Day Date Time volunteers are needed Event and description
Fri 10 – June 18:30 – 22:00 Arabs are not funny Are Arabs Funny? Judge for yourself with this fabulous night of laughs aplenty, as the legendary comedy night ‘Arabs Are Not Funny’ comes to W2!
Fri 17 – Jun 19:00 – 22:00 Stephen Fretwell Following rave reviews for comeback album Busy Guy, Stephen Fretwell’s spring tour culminates at Grand Junction
Sat 25 – Jun 14:30 – 17:30 Family Ceilidh Bring your kids to Grand Junction for a rip-roaring afternoon of ceilidh dancing!
Sat 25 – Jun 18:00 – 22:00 Summer Ceilidh Bring your dancing shoes to The Nest Collective’s summer celebration with the Ceilidh Liberation Front!
Sun 26 – Jun 12:30 – 17:30 Westborne Festival Annual community Festival outside Grand Junction – Volunteers needed to help man a Grand Junction Stall giving information and leaflets
Sat 9 – Jul 11:00 – 15:30 Beach Party Fish and chips, deck chairs on the lawn, donkey rides, ice cream van, puppet show, paddling pool with water games, live music, and flotsam crafts.  Volunteers needed to help with the crafts and distributing the food.
Thu 14- Jul 18:00 – 22:00 London Sinfonietta: Musicians of Tomorrow London Sinfonietta’s best young musicians present the fruits of their labours with a captivating performance of new music

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, Event Steward Volunteers will:

  • Help to prepare the venue ahead of an event, including but not limited to, arranging chairs and furniture, setting-up equipment, arranging staging, distributing programmes, and stocking refreshments
  • Offer guests a warm welcome to Grand Junction, check event tickets, signpost visitors around the venue, and support visitors to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Enrich visitor experience by answering information queries about the event, or the venue
  • Help to ensure that guests have a safe and enjoyable visit to our community space by monitoring health and safety considerations, including supervising fire exits and inspecting visitor facilities
  • Assist the staff serving refreshments, by collecting empty glassware and tableware after use
  • Helping to set down after an event, including but not limited to, stacking and tidying away equipment, moving furniture, and clearing and cleaning the event area

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Have an interest in live events
  • Enjoy working as part of a team with shared responsibilities
  • Are friendly and welcoming, with good interpersonal skills
  • Take pride in providing excellent customer service skills
  • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a real difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will:

  • Receive ongoing training, including a detailed volunteer induction and training specific to the role
  • Receive reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with the PDT Volunteer Policy
  • Receive ongoing support from Grand Junction’s Volunteer Manager, and other Grand Junction staff
  • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant
  • Be invited to regular volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain on-the-ground customer service experience in an arts and culture community setting
  • Develop new skills and increase confidence
  • Meet like-minded people, and make friends!
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of cultural activities for the local community and feel fulfilment in ‘giving back’
  • Watch and experience live music

Additional information

  • This role may involve some tasks requiring heavy lifting. Volunteers will receive Health & Safety training ahead of volunteering at our events and may opt-out of manual handling tasks
  • Risk assessments are conducted by Grand Junction staff ahead of all community events
  • All volunteers will be asked to wear Grand Junction volunteer t-shirts
  • Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references. Some roles may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. You will hear back from us within 5 working days. For more information, or for an informal chat about the role, please contact Holly Henry, Volunteer Manager, on volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk or call 07518 710209 Grand Junction is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities.

Art Party & Family Show Volunteer Assist in delivering our monthly Saturday club for the whole family

Art Party & Family Show Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. Our mission is to create, foster and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults in our three amazing spaces. Volunteers enable us to do so much more at Grand Junction. We’re looking for friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic volunteers to assist in delivering our monthly Art Party; a creative Saturday morning club with activities and a bubble disco for the whole family. Art Party volunteers will support the facilitator to deliver activities such as Lego building, mono printing and card making in a dynamic, engaging and safe learning environment.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF

When?

Art Party takes over Grand Junction on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am-12pm. Volunteers are required to be available from 9:30am-12:30pm. We also have a number of family theatre shows and family friendly festivals that run throughout the year.

Next dates:

Saturday 25th June 9:30 – 12:30 – Art Party – Family drop in

Saturday 25th June 14:30 – 17:30 – Family Ceilidh

Saturday 26th June 12:30 – 17:30– Westbourne Festival

Saturday 2nd July 9:30 – 14:30 – Tales from the Chickenshed

Saturday 9th July 11:00– 15:30 –Beach Party

Saturday 23rd July 9:30 – 12:30 – Art Party – Family drop in

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of the Young People’s & Schools Manager, Art Party Saturday Club volunteers will:

  • Help to prepare Grand Junction spaces ahead of Art Party, including arranging tables and furniture, setting-up arts materials and resources, and preparing refreshments
  • Greet children and parents, and offer a warm welcome to Grand Junction
  • Direct visitors around the building
  • Assist facilitators to deliver dynamic and engaging activities, and help to foster a friendly, fun and supportive environment
  • Serve refreshments
  • Collect feedback and evaluation forms from children and parents
  • Help to set down and tidy after the session, including washing up, sweeping, tidying away equipment, moving furniture, and cleaning
  • Help to promote Art Party in the community, including distributing leaflets and posters around the local area

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Enjoy working with children in a learning environment
  • Are friendly, enthusiastic and engaging, with good interpersonal skills
  • Work well as part of a team, and can competently follow instruction
  • Are punctual and proactive
  • Have a good level of spoken English
  • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a real difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will:

  • Receive a detailed volunteer induction specific to the role
  • Receive reasonable out-of-pocket travel expenses, in accordance with the PDT Volunteer Policy
  • Receive ongoing support from the Young People’s & Schools Manager, and other Grand Junction staff
  • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant
  • Be invited to volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of cultural activities for the local community and feel fulfilment in ‘giving back’
  • Gain experience of working with children in an arts and cultural community education setting
  • Develop new skills and increase confidence

Additional information

  • Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references. Some roles may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  • Volunteers may be asked to wear branded t-shirts whilst volunteering at Grand Junction

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. You will hear back from us within 5 working days. For more information, please contact: volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk.

Heritage Engagement Volunteer Research our rich Victorian history and current conservation project and help us to share with the public

Heritage Engagement Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at grade I listed building St Mary Magdalene’s Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. Located below the church is our hidden jewel The St Sepulchre Chapel which was created in 1894-5 by Ninian Comper, the last of the great Gothic Revival architects. The chapel is currently closed to the public for conservation until December 2022. We’re looking for volunteers with an interest in history, architecture and conservation help us collect and curate research about the rich history of the Chapel of St Sepulchre and St Mary Magdalene’s Church and to pull out inspiring stories to engage our audiences and make the chapel’s history and conservation story accessible to the public online.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF This role can also be carried out remotely.

When?

We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 hours per week, with a level of flexibility.

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, the Heritage Engagement Volunteer will:

  • Research and collect information on the history of the chapel of St Sepulchre and St Mary Magdalene church.
  • Attend relevant training and development opportunities with the architectural team, the conservation team and historians as deemed necessary to expand the depth and breadth of our understanding of the chapel.
  • Work with other Chapel Engagement volunteers to share, interpret, edit, and curate research findings to create relevant and interesting content for social media and the Grand Junction Website.
  • Schedule posts on Grand Junction’s chapel Instagram page using HootSuite
  • Create engaging content to promote the chapel, heritage tours and heritage of the building on Grand Junction main social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Use research to manage and respond to direct messages and comments on the chapel’s Instagram page.
  • Create digital and print promotional materials, such as posters and flyers
  • Conduct research to identify valuable opportunities to spread the word about the Chapel of St Sepulchre and Grand Junction’s heritage tours.
  • Capture photographs and videos of our activities, and adhere to our image/video consent practices
  • Support Grand Junction to build its heritage mailing lists and social media followers

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Have an interest in history, architecture and/or conservation
  • Have an interest in discovering and researching the past, or a willingness to learn more
  • Have an interest in creating content and engaging the public
  • Are clear and confident communicators.
  • Are organised and methodical
  • Enjoy working independently, but are also willing and happy to work with others and share research
  • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will:

  • Receive ongoing training, including a detailed volunteer induction and training specific to the role
  • Receive travel expenses, in accordance with the PDT volunteer policy
  • Receive ongoing support from Grand Junction’s Volunteer Manager, and other Grand Junction staff
  • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant
  • Be invited to regular volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain on-the-ground experience of using various marketing channels to promote heritage and conservation at Grand Junction and increase community engagement
  • Gain on-the-ground experience of heritage research methods and curating information in an appealing and creative way
  • Develop new skills and confidence
  • Contribute to the telling of the history and heritage of our beautiful grade 1 listed building.
  • Meet like-minded people and make friends!

Additional information

  • Volunteers will at times require computer and internet access at home to undertake this role. If this is a problem, please contact us to discuss ways in which we may be able to support with this.
  • Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references.

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. For more information, please contact: volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk.

Heritage Tour Guide Volunteer Facilitate inspiring and engaging tours for the public

Heritage Tour Guide Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. Our mission is to create, foster and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults in our three amazing spaces. We are looking for new Heritage Tour Guide Volunteers to deliver inspiring and engaging tours of our vibrant church and community arts venue. Our tours tell the story of the building’s rich Victorian history, and its connection to the development of the local area. This role is perfect for anyone with an interest in history and heritage who would like to develop their skills and experience through delivering tours for the public.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF

When?

Grand Junction’s free lunchtime tours run on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of every month. We ask for a commitment to deliver 1 tour per month with the option to deliver more and with a level of flexibility. We occasionally offer extra heritage talks and tours to the public outside of these times from Monday – Saturday, both daytime and evenings.

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, Heritage Tour Guide Volunteers will:

  • Learn about the fascinating history of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, and the living heritage of the local area, and carry out independent research where necessary
  • Deliver engaging and inspiring scripted tours of the building and immediate local area for people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Offer visitors a warm welcome, and enrich their experience by supporting visitors to get the most out of their visit to Grand Junction
  • Implement health and safety measures to ensure that visitors have a positive and safe experience, and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission
  • Champion inclusivity, and adapt talk and tour content to suit the audience
  • Keep accurate records of visitor numbers to the building
  • Support visitors to complete visitor experience feedback
  • Offer visitors information about our What’s On programme, and other activities and events at Grand Junction
  • Promote volunteering opportunities at Grand Junction to visitors and the public
  • Help to ensure that guests have a safe and enjoyable visit by monitoring health and safety considerations within and outside the building

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Have a passion for, or a willingness to learn about, history, architecture and the living heritage of the local area
  • Are clear and confident communicators, and enjoy engaging with the public
  • Are friendly, approachable and welcoming, and champion inclusivity
  • Enjoy working as part of a team, but also thrive when working independently
  • Are committed to excellent customer service skills
  • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a real difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will:

  • Receive thorough training, including a detailed volunteer induction and training specific to delivering tours
  • Receive reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with the PDT volunteer policy
  • Receive ongoing support from Grand Junction’s Volunteer Manager, and other Grand Junction staff
  • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant
  • Be invited to regular volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain on-the-ground experience of delivering engaging heritage talks for the public
  • Develop new skills and increase confidence
  • Meet like-minded people and make friends!
  • Contribute to the local community and feel fulfilment in ‘giving back’

Additional information

  • This role will involve being outdoors for short periods
  • All volunteers will be required to wear Grand Junction volunteer t-shirts
  • Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references. Some roles may also require a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. You will hear back from us within 5 working days. For more information, please contact: volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk.

Marketing and Social Media Volunteer Support with the promotion of our community activities and events programme

Marketing and Social Media Volunteer

Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene is a new venue for community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, run by Paddington Development Trust. Our mission is to create, foster and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families, and adults in our three amazing spaces. Volunteers enable us to do so much more at Grand Junction. We’re looking for passionate, enthusiastic and engaging Marketing and Communications Volunteers to support with the promotion of our community activities and events programme.

Where?

St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, Paddington W2 5TF This role can also be carried out remotely.

When?

We ask for a commitment of 3 hours per week, with a level of flexibility.

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, the Marketing and Communications Volunteer will:

  • Create engaging content to promote our work on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Schedule posts across all platforms, using HootSuite
  • Manage and respond to direct messages and comments
  • Develop new digital links and relationships with local supporters and organisations
  • Add Grand Junction events to listing websites
  • Produce news articles for the Grand Junction and Paddington Development Trust websites, and write press releases to announce upcoming activities and events
  • Prepare a monthly digital bulletin for Grand Junction supporters
  • Distribute printed promotional materials to local libraries, schools, doctors’ surgeries and community centres, advertising our activities, and keep accurate records
  • Develop links and relationships with local stakeholder organisations
  • Create digital and print promotional materials, such as posters and flyers
  • Conduct research to identify valuable opportunities to spread the word about Grand Junction and the work we do
  • Capture photographs and videos of our activities, and adhere to our image/video consent practices
  • Create listings on online event sites, such as Eventbrite
  • Support Grand Junction to build its mailing lists and social media followers

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who: • Are friendly and approachable, and enjoy talking to people • Are clear and confident communicators, with an interest in marketing and communications • Have experience using social media, and creating engaging content • Are organised and methodical • Enjoy working independently and as part of a team • Want to gain new skills and experience, whilst making a real difference in their local community

Our commitment to you

We value the contribution that volunteers make to our work. Volunteers in this role will: • Receive ongoing training, including a detailed volunteer induction and training specific to the role • Receive reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, in accordance with the PDT volunteer policy • Receive ongoing support from Grand Junction’s Volunteer Manager, and other Grand Junction staff • Be supported to use their volunteering to access employment-focused opportunities, such as advice and signposting, where relevant • Be invited to regular volunteer social gatherings, community events, and talks

What you’ll gain

This role is a great opportunity to: • Gain on-the-ground experience of using various marketing channels to promote a programme of community activities and events, and increase community engagement • Develop new skills and confidence • Contribute to the development and delivery of cultural activities for the local community and feel fulfilment in ‘giving back’ • Meet like-minded people, and make friends!

Additional information

• Volunteers must be prepared to undertake pre-offer checks, including references.

Interested?

Great! We look forward to receiving your application. To apply, please complete our short application form and tell us why you’re interested in joining our diverse volunteering team. You will hear back from us within 5 working days. To find out more about Grand Junction, please visit www.grandjunction.org.uk For more information, please contact: volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk. Grand Junction is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities.

For more information, or for an informal chat about volunteering at Grand Junction, please contact our Volunteer Manager by emailing volunteering@grandjunction.org.uk in the first instance. Grand Junction is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities.

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