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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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Volition Stats – January to December 2018

During 2018, Volition Community accepted 127 volunteers onto the programme. This equates to a slight increase on 2017 with 113 being accepted onto the programme. As a result, our findings are as follows:

  • We have a slightly improved gender balance from last year – male 61% and female 39%
  • A noticeable increase in the over 50 age group, 67 of the volunteers, although this is better so far into 2019
  • A big increase in the number of people unemployed over 5 years, to 71 of the volunteers. This equates to 56% of the total.
  • 43% reporting some level of mental health issue
  • 12% reporting dyslexia
  • 10% reporting Asperger’s or autism
  • 22% reporting / displaying severe social anxiety
  • 18% reporting a physical disability (including mobility, sight and hearing problems)
  • 14% disclosing drug or alcohol dependency (present or abstinent)
  • A rise in the number living in a workless household to 82% (mainly people living alone)
  • 19% reporting a learning difficulty. These are mainly self-diagnosed and not medical.
  • Literacy / Numeracy levels remain similar with approximately 30% working at below that expected of a year 6 pupil. Although there are recent improvements noted in levels.
  • Ethnic mix remains mainly white British but approx. 40% other nationalities.
  • Progression is fairly positive based on the above stats. Approximately 40% have moved into p/t or f/t work, although some of this is transient. 17% remain volunteering either with Volition or other agencies.

Gender Mix

Age Range

Length of Unemployment

Reporting Mental Health


Asperger’s / Autism

Severe Social Anxiety

Physical Disability

Drug or Alcohol Dependency

Work-less Households

Learning Difficulty

Literacy Levels





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