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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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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 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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It can be a place of real magic, the broad, flat roof of Manchester Cathedral. On those days when the sun is shining and it’s warm and calm, the smoke (liberally sweetened by incense, of course!) drifting slowly away from the smoker. The stillness seems only to accentuate the gentle hum of the city going […]

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Andrew’s reason to ‘Bee’ happy

Our latest success story at Volition is Andrew who gained employment with NCP car parks whilst on the course. When Andy joined Volition group 2 he had been unemployed for 6 months and was looking for a change in career after being a labourer and charge hand for many years. Andrew took every opportunity he […]

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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 […]

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Tony Maunder

Tony started as a volunteer with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service back in 2013 and gained a placement to train as a community safety advisor. There he gained valuable people skills and worked throughout Greater Manchester giving important fire safety information to the most vulnerable in the community. After qualifying as a community safety […]

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Volunteer Programme, Manchester

We are pleased to announce that following a restructure of the Volunteer Programme in Manchester, we are back up and running. We would like to express our thanks to Manchester City Council, Job Centre Plus, Manchester College and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, all of which have and continue to support our efforts in […]

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The University of Liverpool is the first in the UK to formally recognise the Volition programme at the highest level. Volition Volunteers in Liverpool can now apply for any permanent jobs under a Guaranteed Interview Scheme at the University. The University application form now has a dedicated question asking applicants if they are part of […]

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The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has been announced as patron of Volition. “Having such a high profile Patron is a real asset to the on-going growth and reach of Volition across the UK, where already there are over a dozen more Cathedrals keen to learn from the Volition model and replicate in their […]

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