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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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Beekeeping newsletter 14th May 2020

What a difference a year makes! As I wander through the silence of the Cathedral, making my way to the spiral staircase that will take me to the roof, I am reminded that only a year ago we were celebrating Manchester City’s Premier League title win. The Cathedral was bustling with people and equipment the […]

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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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Salvi’s and Manchester Cathedral join forces, giving an Italian twist to the Cathedral’s Heavenly Honey!

Salvi’s and Manchester Cathedral join forces, giving an Italian twist to the Cathedral’s Heavenly Honey!

Maurizio Cecco of Salvi’s recently found himself on the roof of Manchester Cathedral surrounded by beehives… Nope, this isn’t the beginning of a joke, but rather the start of a real labour of love project joining Salvi’s and Manchester Cathedral together to add an Italian twist to the Cathedral’s very own organic Heavenly Honey, which […]

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Candle Making

Volunteer candle making at the Cathedral

This time of year the bee colonies are shrinking in preparation for winter.  They cluster in a tight ball to keep themselves and the queen warm until Spring.  At the cathedral, we do all we can to help the bees survive the winter – insulate the hives, feed them sugar, and treat for any pests […]

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Heavenly Honey Produce

Volition help Heavenly Honey Produce 2017

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 […]

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Volition Team -John Emsley, Amie Smith, Tony Maunder and Andy Pierce

Nominated for a best partnership working award

We were nominated for a ‘best partnership working’ award at this years financial inclusion conference and came runner up! Reason for the nomination / how does the nomination meet the award category? The Manchester College (TMC) has a strong and strategic relationship with Volition; The Manchester Cathedral Volunteer Programme, an independent charity chaired by The […]

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Amber Sanchez has joined Volition

Amber Sanchez has joined Volition as a Deputy Beekeeper, she gained her teacher’s qualification at Cambridge University and has worked in the education and heritage sectors.  She is a freelance artist, specialising in ceramics and graphics, and supplies various outlets including Affleck’s, The Royal Exchange Craft Shop, and Salford Lads Club. She has always loved […]

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Salford Mayor Visits Volition

Salford Mayor Paul Dennett visits Volition

The Salford Mayor Paul Dennett visited Volition to see what we do and talk about our expansion to Salford Cathedral at the end of this year. We visited the Printworks roof top to show him what our volunteers do with the bee keeping and fruit and vegetable garden. He put a bee suit on and […]

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Employment & volunteering data

We are pleased to be able to report on the performance of Volition Manchester over the operational year and we are delighted to have achieved a firm ‘in work’ figure of 32%  during this operational period. Within this time there has been 88 starts in 8 cohorts, 64 of whom have completed the programme and achieved a […]

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Volition volunteers community project

Our volunteers have been busy weeding and replanting some forgotten planters around the southern side of the cathedral. Manchester City Council ‘Bloom’ team were kind enough to let me fill my car with flowers which have been used to brighten up the area. This was part of a community project and the group had spent […]

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Volition and DWF Solicitors

DWF Solicitors Delivered Interview Training

Four DWF Solicitors gave back some voluntary time to help out at the group last week. We set up a speed date style interview session all morning where all the candidates had the opportunity to rotate around the DWF staff for brief interviews. Candidates had the opportunity to build on their interview skills training and planning […]

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Volunteers visit Thompson Street Fire Station

Volition participants visited Thompson Street Fire Station. Whilst there they learned about the different roles within the fire service along with how to prevent a fire in their own property’s. They then had an opportunity to look around the fire station and what equipment a fire engine carries and for what purpose. In the afternoon they […]

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