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