AboutVolition

THE CATHEDRAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME


We started out small – a group of like-minded people with a belief that there is another way to support people who want to work. Blend this with a forward thinking Cathedral in Manchester that was willing to open its doors and allow us to be creative and try out new ideas….Volition was born.

Our core ideas are simple but effective.

  • Cathedrals are part of the civic leadership of a city, they are iconic places that can bring key players together to make a difference
  • People will help people, when asked, and business leaders are only too happy to volunteer their time if it is made easy to do so
  • that volunteering can play a bigger role in tackling poverty, social exclusion and ultimately reduce unemployment in cities.

So how does it work?

We identify volunteer roles for unemployed people. At the same time we bring a sharp focus to their employability and skills needs, and create a  structured pathway to support them back to work.Crucially, we engage  employers as partners. Inherent in all we do are some key values, the things we believe in and include in everything we do:

  • no goodbyes, we have time for you no matter what
  • choice and free will achieves results
  • quality relationships not ticks in boxes makes the difference
  • constancy, will always be here
  • collaboration, people helping people

We are different from other volunteer programmes. While most organisations aim to retain their volunteer base our aim is to upskill, retrain and equip our volunteers to be able to do bigger and better things. Volition volunteers have the support of our extensive and AWARD WINNING Employer Partnership – businesses that go the extra mile, simply because they want to.  They bring a wide range of added value to the support we can offer volunteers such as work related training,  mock interviews, and mentoring.

We are different from other employability programmesVolition volunteers are exactly that – volunteers.  Our volunteers are not ‘clients’ or ‘customers’, it is their own decision to choose and commit to being a volunteer.  Volunteers can stay with us as long as they want to, and return to us whenever they need us. In fact some volunteers who have found a job as a result of our support, still volunteer with us or mentor other volunteers. There are no goodbyes!


CORE TEAM

We are a small team working nationally and based at Manchester Cathedral.  We are dedicated to rolling out the Volition model across the UK.   With support from the Centre for Social Action and Innovation (click to Nesta / Cabinet office) we secure local commitment to make each programme work in each city.

Volition is not a religious body.  As a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) we welcome all volunteers regardless of age, gender, religion or disability.


Our CIO Board Of Trustees

 

Rogers is the Chair of the Board of Trustees which governs the work of Volition across the UK. In his role, he actively promotes the programme to fellow Deans across the UK, promoting the role Cathedrals can play in addressing poverty and disadvantage in communities.

Click here to view our board of trustees


OUR PATRONS

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