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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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New Manager for Volition

I would like to take this opportunity introduce Donna Denston who will be taking up her role at the Manager for Volition on 10 June 2019. Donna joins us from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority where she has worked for the past 2 years through the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service.

Donna’s background has been recruiting and coordinate volunteers that go out into the community, fundraise at fire stations and act as causalities to assist in fire fighter training.  It has been a varied role and Donna managed to recruit some great volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 81 years old.  Prior to this, she worked for the Alzheimer’s Society matching individual volunteers with people with a diagnosis of dementia.

The service enabled those with a diagnosis to get out and about and continue to do the things important to them.  What this and other projects have taught Donna is that volunteers bring many skills to an organisation as well as vitality and new ways of seeing things. She has indicated that she has been very fortunate in her life, with a very supportive family and friends. Donna confirmed that working for Volition will enable her to continue to garner the skills and experience of everyone at the Cathedral to support all our Volunteers to reach their full potential.  She believes that we all add to each other’s experience and she hope to make a positive contribution.

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