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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

A short video showcasing Manchester Cathedral Bees by Adam York Gregory Manchester Cathedral Bees from Adam York Gregory on Vimeo. Bee Hive Cameras 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.         Heavenly […]

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Volition Information Day

Volition at Manchester Cathedral has its next information day for candidates on Thursday 10th October 2019. This is an innovative, proactive programme which supports all who join with a view to improving lives, building skills, and successfully gaining sustainable employment. This ten-week programme will facilitate entry to employment through a joint approach of training, volunteering and supported job search.

Information Day Date: Thursday 10th October 2019
Time: 10:00-12.00
Location: Cathedral Visitor’s Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ
Eligibility: 19+, JSA, Universal Credit, ESA, other state benefits

Course Details:

  • Starts Thursday 17th October for ten weeks (end date Thursday 19th December)
  • Full training day on Thursdays 10.00-14.30 with The Manchester College (based at Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre)
  • Half day volunteering (role to be chosen once the course has started)
  • Half day supported job club/digital skills
  • Optional cooking classes every two weeks

Key Volunteering Opportunities:

  • Welcomer – customer facing role in Manchester Cathedral
  • Cenotaph volunteer – customer facing role in the City Centre
  • Facilities – Cleaning, general housekeeping, and gardening at Manchester Cathedral
  • Admin – offer basic admin skills in Volition and Manchester Cathedral’s offices
  • Beekeeping – learn basic beekeeping skills with support from Volition’s beekeepers

Contact for referrals:

We take referrals by email or telephone. If you wish to refer somebody by email, please send us their name and contact number and we will be in touch if we require further information.

If you wish to refer by telephone, please get in touch. If we are not available, please leave us an answer machine message and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Please contact the Volition office on 0161 833 2220 (Ext 242) or contact:

John Emsley / 07710 397 977 /
Donna Denston / 07950919164 /
Amie Smith / 0161 833 2220 (ext 242) /

We accept referrals from Job Centre Plus Advisors, and self-referrals. If you are referring on behalf of an individual from an organisation not listed above, please get in touch.

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