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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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John Emsley


We are pleased to introduce our new Volunteer Programme Coordinator, John Emsley. John has been seconded from The Manchester College and will work alongside Tony Maunder.

John is a skills teacher, passionate advocate of employability and obsessive about vocational relevance in education. His ethos is simple; inspiring and empowering people to realise their full potential and facilitate entry to progressive, sustainable employment. John brings a wealth of practical skills to his role from careers in the Army Intelligence Corps, where he served on operations worldwide, and subsequently retail property management where he developed a passion for training start-up businesses to grow and scale up. Presently working within the Communities & Works Team at The Manchester College, John has been leading delivery on diverse employment led programmes within the facilities, social care and voluntary sectors. Also a qualified freelance Turkish interpreter, he does find time on occasion to collect cheap 70s & 80s vinyl and loves the garden.

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