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Bee Coordinator

Volunteer Bee Coordinator joins the Manchester team!

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. […]

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Sir David Richards, Patron of Volition

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 […]

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Bee Hive Live Stream

Bee Hive Cameras Live Stream

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.

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Employment & volunteering data

We are pleased to be able to report on the performance of Volition Manchester over the operational year and we are delighted to have achieved a firm ‘in work’ figure of 32%  during this operational period.

Ethnicity Pie Chart

Within this time there has been 88 starts in 8 cohorts, 64 of whom have completed the programme and achieved a City & Guilds qualification. It is expected 82 people will have completed and achieved the programme and qualification. A further 6 have gone straight into work after only completing only a week or two weeks on the programme, and not having achieved a qualification.

During the year, referrals have been higher than starts, which we expected. However, due to the voluntary nature of the programme and type of candidate we view a 79% uptake as wholly positive.

Length of Unemployment Bar Graph

Health / Additional Needs Pie Chart

The employment barriers of referred claimants to Volition remain very challenging, and you will see that from the many employment barriers, some of the most evident are:

  • Mental health needs: 30% report mental health needs
  • Health and learning difficulties: 87% report some form of health or learning need
  • Length of unemployment: 48% unemployed for over 3 years
  • Educational attainment: 50% have no previous qualifications
  • Present basic skills levels: 61% low/poor literacy skills and 67% low/poor numeracy (this equates to a spectrum within the higher and lower end of primary school expectations)

Previous Qualifications Pie Chart

On the Volition programme we focus on real forms of tangible progression made, as well and aside from paid employment, such as:

  • A relevant qualification and updated CV
  • Relevant work experience and the opportunity for a good quality reference
  • Opportunities for continued volunteering and experience etc.

Numerecy and Literacy Skills Pie Chart

We also actively monitor more intangible, soft outcomes of progression which relate to increase to self-confidence and self-awareness, better inter-personal skills etc. as these are really important for the candidates

Number of Completions by Age Chart

Gender bar Graph

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