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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 Honey produced by our […]

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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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Jenni’s Journey

I arrived in the UK in 2020 at the start of the pandemic.  English was my second language and the country had begun to close down with social isolation being the norm.  I applied for lots of jobs and often got an interview but couldn’t get the actual position.  I was encouraged to try Volition […]

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Mariia reveals how Volition has helped her progress since coming to the UK

The image courtesy Ray Kearney Photography. Time has come to say good buy. Two months of volunteering for Volition Community as a Welcomer at Manchester Cathedral transformed into five amazing months. New acquaintances, friendly staff, engaging stories about one of the oldest buildings of the city. Discoveries of Cathedral’s small treasures, like hidden carved bees […]

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Times photographer at volition

Volition volunteers were delighted to share their experiences with the Times photographer, James Glossop, this week.  Farris, Dewan,  Ali and David took James on a tour of the Heavenly Honey hives on the Cathedral roof with beekeepers Cath and Jenni.

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Poetry workshop series with Volition

Manchester Cathedral’s new Writer-in-Residence Tom Branfoot has created a brand new project at Volition.  Tom says:- During the six-week poetry workshop series with Volition, we looked at themes surrounding voice and poetry. Namely: rage, masking and persona, poetry in the city, imagery and point-of-view. The workshop sessions worked in such a way to address the […]

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Volition always helps those that it comes into contact with and 2022 has been no different. At the beginning of the year the City was still very much in the grips of Covid. Greater Manchester job centres were closed to claimants and many of our partners were closed too with most company’s employees working from […]

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The Hidden Manchester Bee Hives

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Annual Report 2021


We started 2021 still in the grip of the global pandemic with Covid-19. Provision started up in April with our first intake, however, with the constant up and down with the pandemic, recruiting volunteers to attend open days was very problematic. The data contained within this annual report is based on a reduced intake during […]

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View from a Volunteer

Long-term unemployment is no joke whatever the reason is for it, perhaps illness, caring for others or coping with bereavement. Knowing where and how to find work seems difficult. Where do you start? I know from my own experiences how lost and isolated I felt. I found out about Volition six months before I picked […]

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Beehives on Cathedral Rooftop Help Mancunians With Sore Throats This Winter

Manchester Cathedral partners with Just Bee Honey to create all natural throat syrup Throat soothing & immune boosting syrup contains Cathedral Honey, Bee Propolis, Vitamins and Botanicals Product leverages new University of Oxford research: “Honey better treatment for coughs and colds than antibiotics“ Manchester Cathedral’s beekeepers and Manchester honey brand, Just Bee, have partnered to […]

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Volition information Session

Volition at Manchester Cathedral has its next information session for participants on Friday 10th December 2021. The information session gives people the chance to see the faces behind the doors and get a flavour of what we offer. This is an innovative, proactive programme which supports all who join with a view to improving lives, […]

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