Canon Adrian Rhodes has joined the Volition team as our Volunteer Bee Coordinator. Known as the “Canon Apiarist” at Manchester Cathedral Adrian has been a beekeeper since 2011, keeping bees at home, on the roof of Manchester Cathedral and is mentor to our volunteers who look after the Beehives at Manchester Cathedral and the Printworks. […]Read More
Sir David Richards has become a patron of Volition Community following a visit last year to see the work of this charity. Welcoming Sir David, the Dean of Manchester thanked Sir David for his commitment to this programme which runs from Manchester and Liverpool Cathedrals. Sir David, encouraged at the outcomes of this programme of […]Read More
We currently have two bee hive cameras upon the flat roof of Manchester Cathedral, click on the play button below to view the bees and their hives.Read More
General Job Description
Reports to: Director of Volition Community/Director of Fundraising and Development (DVC/DFD)
Cathedral contact: Canon Pastor and Acting Precentor as mentor
Salary: £29,000 plus a 10% employers pension contribution
Hours of work: 35 hours per week, including some evening and weekend work
Principal role: To recruit, train and manage the volunteers at Manchester Cathedral, ensuring maximum benefits are achieved for Volition Community, the institution and for the individual volunteers. To develop and enhance the employer partnerships with Volition Community
Location: Manchester Cathedral, its precinct, the Cathedral Visitor Centre including the Hanging Bridge, Manchester Central Library and the Cenotaph
Qualifications and experience
Volunteer Management at Manchester Cathedral – Overview
Volunteering is fundamental to Vision of Volition Community and Manchester Cathedral and will continue to be of key strategic importance in the future. To maximise the benefits to the individuals involved, there is a unified volunteer community consisting of welcomers and guides and of volition volunteers. This short paper sets out the framework for these arrangements.
The Cathedral’s volunteers are essential to its functioning. The full schedule of volunteer roles includes such activities as bell ringing, flower arranging, stewarding, and membership of the voluntary choir. The welcomers and guides and some of the Volition Community volunteers are the most public-facing of these groups and have a vital role in the outreach to the Cathedral’s local and regional community.
The Volition Community is an innovative programme that the Cathedral built up from 2012. Its objective is to assist the long-term unemployed to gain the skills and the confidence to make their way into employment, a model that has proved so successful that it is available for national rolling out by negotiation. As recruits to the programme over the period presented with more deep-seated problems, however, the emphasis shifted increasingly to the well-being aspects of the project, while keeping employment for programme graduates as a clear objective. The aims of the project are kept under constant review.
In 2013 a Visitor Services Manager was appointed as a front line manager, whose main role was to build up visitor numbers and donations, and make the Cathedral a desired destination for tourists, visitors and the local community. The postholder recruited welcomers and guides ensured their induction and training was sound, and managed their rotas and their personal development.
In 2018 there was an opportunity to bring these two functions together. The objective is to operate a seamless service for all volunteers at the Cathedral, and to enable volunteers, however diverse their backgrounds or reasons for participating in the life of the Cathedral, to learn from and support each other. The enduring principle is to enable volunteers to give according to their talents and experience and to receive support appropriate to their needs and individual situations. Their tasks are carried out in the Cathedral building and precinct, in the Cathedral Visitor Centre that includes the Hanging Bridge, and at the Cenotaph in the city centre.
Experience over the last twelve months has indicated that the unified approach offers a more coherent experience for visitors, gives better value for money and positions the Cathedral to develop long-term sustainable revenue streams. The postholder will therefore be required to enhance and embed the unified service and to position Manchester Cathedral as a national leader in the field of volunteering.