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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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My journey through the Volition programme

Volition Amie

I finished school in 2005 and went on to college to study hairdressing, I found myself a placement at a hair salon and continued working there for 8 years, until I fell pregnant with my Daughter Willow Grace in 2013.

Shortly after the birth my relationship with the father had broken down and I found myself being a single parent, this was a scary time but I threw myself into being the best mother I could possibly be. Any new parent knows how hard and how scary it can be, having this tiny person who requires your full love and devotion, cooking, cleaning, washing, night feeds, no sleep, the list is endless, but as a parent you do all that without a second thought.

Before I knew it, Willow was 4 and had started nursery, and I found myself wanting to get back into work, I wanted to set a good example for Willow as she grows up. But my confidence was at an all-time low, I had just been a mum for 4 years and I felt that too much time had passed and I honestly thought I would be left on the shelf, a single mum who hadn’t worked for 4 years, who would employ me?

It wasn’t until I visited my local Job Centre in May 2017 who put me forward for the Volition programme, the woman explained how it would work and sent me on my way.

I remember my first day there, I was so nervous on my bus journey, would I know how to have an adult conversation? What would I say? I couldn’t just talk about Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig, surely?

But as soon as I walked through the doors, I realised I had no reason to be nervous, I was met by John and Tony and they put me at ease straight away, they were so welcoming and so supportive from day one, and on my way home that day I felt a massive sense of achievement and I couldn’t wait for my next session of the programme.

While I was on the programme I also did my voluntary work at the Cathedral, welcoming visitors as they arrived, and I also began helping John in the class room, helping him with other students who had started on the programme too.

While on the programme, I felt my confidence grow, with every new challenge John and Tony shown me that I have what it takes, and they really helped me believe in myself again. I can’t thank them enough for what they and the programme has done for me.

John and Tony approached me and said that they had spoken to Anthony O’Connor, and Anthony had offered me a position working alongside them on the Volition Programme.  I was over the moon, and I couldn’t believe it! I would start on August 1st 2017.

Being on the programme has taught me to believe in myself again, it’s grown my social skills, helped me realise my strengths and stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t such a bad thing, it actually helps you grow as a person.

I owe Anthony, Tony and John so much, they all believed in me from day one, and now I feel like the confident person I once was again.

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