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
Over the past 12 months Volition has helped tend to the 5 beehives on the Cathedral roof top. The start of autumn brought about us extracting the honey from the hives and produced over 200 pounds of liquid gold producing around 400 jars of ‘Heavenly Honey’. This was a good exercise for our volunteers and show them enterprise skills such as the price of a jar to the design of the labels through to the end product.
We converted the training room into a mobile bottling facility for the day and worked as part of a team to set up a production line with one person pouring the honey into a jar and measuring the weight then another team member wipes the excess honey from the jar then another team member puts the lid and label on them. each jar is numbered and noted down then boxed for order throughout Greater Manchester.
We asked one of our volunteers for feedback and she said ‘I learned so much from this experience. Working with fellow team mates and seeing the finished product made me feel proud. I recently I have been thinking about how to answer questions in an interview situation and this has given me a brilliant example’.