Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s is a 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 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.
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 travel expenses of up to £10 per shift, 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 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
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 technical equipment, arranging staging, and stocking refreshments
- Offer guests a warm welcome to Grand Junction, check event tickets, and signpost visitors around the venue
- 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
- Help 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
MON 9 OCT
Mesmerising vocals from the spirit-infused Swedish folk singer
WED 18 OCT
CATHERINE MACLELLAN, INN ECHO AND SAM CARTER
For one night only! The JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter will be joined by Inn Echo and Sam Carter at Grand Junction
SAT 28 OCT
18:30-22:00 HALLOWEEN CEILIDH
Join us for a night of spooky tunes and dancing with the Ceilidh Liberation Front.
FRI 10 NOV
AMIRA KHEIR – EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2023
Sudanese singer Amira Kheir brings her enchanting North East African style fused with soulful Jazz to Grand Junction
SAT 11 NOV
THE EGYPTIAN JAZZ PROJEKT – EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2023
Ahmed Harfoush and his band return to W2 with a jazz revival of 1950s Egyptian songs, including some American greats from the same era.
THU 16 NOV
THE MODERN JAZZ AND FOLK ENSEMBLE – EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2023
The premiere of Saxophonist Sean Khan's new project The Modern Jazz and Folk Ensemble (MJAFE) at the EFG London Jazz Festival
SAT 2 DEC
18:30-22:00 THE FURROW COLLECTIVE
An evening of seasonal carols, spine-tingling harmonies and award-winning melodies from the English/Scottish folk group
WED 6 DEC
Singer-songwriter brings her stunning repertoire of original poetic songs with traditional and tribal music to W2
SAT 9 DEC
SHOVEL DANCE COLLECTIVE LAURA CANNELL +
Join nine talented musicians in a Christmas celebration, exploring the folk traditions of England, Scotland, Ireland and beyond