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 volunteers with an interest in local heritage to help us collect and curate research about the rich history of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, its connection to the development of the local area, and the people who have lived and worked here, both in the past and present day. Our Community Heritage project seeks to discover new stories and sources that bring Paddington’s history and heritage to life.

Where?

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

When?

This is a highly flexible volunteering role where time given to research can fit around your schedule, however, anticipate a minimum commitment of one day per month.

What will the role involve?

Working under the supervision of Grand Junction staff, Heritage Pioneer volunteers will:

  • Research and collect information on the history of the church and the surrounding area, accurately recording information and research sources
  • Visit historical archives, museums, libraries and other heritage sites, handling historic material with care and respect, where necessary
  • Work with other Heritage Pioneer volunteers to share, interpret, edit and curate research findings to create relevant and appealing content for heritage exhibitions and installations, information leaflets, the Grand Junction website, and educational workshops
  • Create written features for the Grand Junction newsletter, and local press circulars, sharing the fascinating history of our building and the local area
  • Share research with the public at heritage talks, tours, exhibitions and open days 
  • Attend relevant training and development opportunities as deemed necessary to expand the depth and breadth of our understanding of Paddington’s living heritage
  • Keep an accurate record of volunteered hours

Who are we looking for?

This role is suited to people who:

  • Have an interest in discovering and researching the past, for example through historical archives, local museums, online and by talking to people, or a willingness to learn more
  • Are methodical and organised
  • Enjoy working independently, but are also willing and happy to work with others and share research
  • Have good interpersonal skills, and are friendly and approachable, making them able to interact with a diverse range of people
  • 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
  • Earn Time Credits which can be spent on doing something enjoyable, such as going to the theatre, exercise classes or attractions
  • 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 heritage research methods and curating information in an appealing and creative way
  • 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 may involve travelling to historical archives and museums in other parts of the city. All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the PDT Volunteer Policy
  • Heritage Pioneer volunteers will be invited to attend our monthly ‘Pioneers PM’, an afternoon session for volunteers to share, interpret and edit their research, prepare for exhibitions, and shape the project moving forward
  • 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.

To find out more about Grand Junction, please visit www.grandjunction.org.uk

For more information, or for an informal chat about the role, please contact Sara Peskett, Volunteer Manager, on [email protected] or call 0207 266 8258.

Grand Junction is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and communities.