Volunteering at the John Peel Centre

The John Peel Centre depends on the help of volunteers to assist in the running and development of the Centre and we offer a range of brilliant opportunities for all people to develop their skills and interests by becoming involved in the care and development of the Centre.

Volunteering at the John Peel Centre is an excellent way to stay active in the local community, giving you a fun chance to meet interesting new people from across East Anglia and further afield. Our volunteer family is made up of people from all backgrounds, utilising their talents in everything from admin, to serving pints, or helping with sound and lighting on gig nights. Volunteer experience can also be a valuable asset for your CV, increasing your chances of gaining employment, furthering your current career, or aiding a career change. If you are passionate about the performing arts, and would like to join our crew, we would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in volunteering at the John Peel Centre please complete the online form here, or download and complete the Volunteer Registration form, and send it via email to debbie@johnpeelcentre.co.uk

The John Peel Centre is a volunteer-led centre for the performing arts, constituted as a Community Interest Company. Twelve years ago we took on the derelict former Corn Exchange and transformed it into a 270 capacity performance venue, where we offer a wide range of performances and host community activities. Late last year we took on the former NatWest Bank building in Stowmarket Market Place, and will reconnect the two treasured buildings to offer an expanded range of activities and assist in the regeneration of the town centre.

The Board is seeking additional Volunteer Directors to help us in this ambitious plan. You will help develop strategy, but also lead projects and areas of activity. Board members play an active part in the operations of the John Peel Centre, so living locally is advantageous. You will have a passion for live music

We particularly welcome applications from those with commercial and finance experience, volunteer leadership, and marketing, but also want to expand the Board’s wider skills base. We are keen to increase the diversity of the Board with respect to age, gender and ethnicity

Becoming a volunteer director of the John Peel Centre is rewarding work. You will be helping the development of a community-based organisation which offers young and developing artists to find a safe place to experiment and provides an important community space for all.

If you would like to discuss this further, please email a short CV and a letter explaining what you might offer to admin@johnpeelcentre.com and one of the Directors will contact you.

Are you passionate about music and interested in being part of a team that organises exciting events? Then join us as a Volunteer Events Team Member at the John Peel Centre (JPC) in Stowmarket!

As a member of our team, you’ll work closely with the Director of Events and our in-house Events and Marketing Managers to create an amazing JPC programme. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have experience within the industry and can prioritise the following areas:

  • Emerging Artists (Regional)
  • Post Punk
  • DJ’s/RnB
  • Dub/Ska/Reggae

Not only will you be playing a pivotal role in the JPC music experience, but you’ll also be contributing to our current and future plans, including the opening of our new location on Market Place, Stowmarket.

As a Volunteer JPC Events Team Member, you’ll have the opportunity to actively seek and research emerging local and national talent, research high profile and local promoters, and liaise on behalf of JPC with artists and agents. You’ll also prepare proposals for gigs and events and act as artist liaison on the day/evening of your programmed events. Our Events Meetings take place every 2 weeks, giving you an opportunity to discuss your proposals for forthcoming events and contribute to our innovative and diverse programme.

At JPC, we’re committed to equality of opportunity, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in our workforce.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of a music-adoring team that’s making a difference! To find out more contact us today by emailing bobby@johnpeelcentre.co.uk or telephone on 01449 774678.

The box office is now located in our cafe/music bar at 11 Market Place and is open Monday to Friday 10-2pm. Acting as the public’s first contact with the venue, our volunteers sell tickets and act as a communicators for the venue.  Our box office volunteers run an efficient box office sales service operating a computerised ticket system. They also make a valuable contribution towards the John Peel Centre’s reputation as a welcoming place for all visitors, staff and volunteers.

Available: 

Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm

Opportunities and Benefits of the Role 

  • Contributing towards the management of a busy box office in a community arts centre environment
  • Being part of an enthusiastic, friendly and committed group of volunteers
  • Meeting a wide range of people
  • First Aid training when available
  • Fire safety training when available

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Act as the main information and reception point for the venue
  • Open and close the centre as needed when covering the box office role
  • Provide a professional, respectful, and welcoming service for all visitors including professional companies, hirers and public
  • selling tickets using our box office system, answering queries where possible, taking messages and directing these to the relevant member of staff or volunteer
  • Complete required admin tasks for ticket sales
  • Check box office emails and forward or reply as necessary
  • Check literature on display is up to date
  • Welcome positive and negative feedback about the venue and pass this on to staff to help the JPC improve the service it offers
  • Contribute to continuous improvements in customer care by making positive suggestions for change
  • In the event of an emergency, evacuate the building in line with emergency evacuation procedures

We’re always looking to recruit more helping hands behind the bar at our many varied events. The JPC programmes comedy, theatre and gigs of all genres. We are also looking for bar/cocktail staff for evenings at our cafe/music bar at 11 Market Place.

Opportunities and Benefits of the Role 

  • Contributing towards the events management of a bustling community arts centre
  • Attend a range of live events
  • Being part of an enthusiastic, friendly and committed group of volunteers
  • Meeting a wide range of people
  • First Aid training when available
  • Fire safety training when available

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Make and serve drinks
  • Process payments
  • Interact with customers
  • Wash glasses in dishwasher
  • Collecting glasses if necessary
  • Dispose bottles and cans at the end of an event

Front of house volunteers act as the public’s first contact with the venue by welcoming visitors on arrival, checking tickets as well as processing on the door sales.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Act as the main information and reception point for the venue
  • Provide a professional, respectful, and welcoming service for all visitors including professional companies, hirers and public
  • selling tickets using our box office system
  • Scan in visitors tickets on arrival
  • Complete required admin tasks for on the door ticket sales
  • Usher visitors
  • Administer wristbands
  • In the event of an emergency, evacuate the building in line with emergency evacuation procedures

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Full training for all roles will be given and we welcome all persons. If you are interested in volunteering at the John Peel Centre please complete the online form here, or download and complete the Volunteer Registration form, and send it via email to debbie@johnpeelcentre.co.uk

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