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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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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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Part-Time Beekeeper Vacancy

Click here to download Part-time Beekeeper – Job Description and Person Specification.docx

Salary: £10.00 p/h

Hours of work: Monday 13.00 – 16.00, Wednesday 13.00 – 16.00.

The successful candidate will be expected to attend monthly meetings once every 6-8 weeks, and Open Days once a month

Normal place of work: Manchester Cathedral, Manchester Cathedral Visitors Centre, Salford Cathedral

Reports to: Volition Volunteer Manager (VM hereafter)

Overview: With the assistance of Volition Community members, to manage and operate up to fifteen bee colonies that are the responsibility of the Cathedral and to train and supervise volunteers in the annual cycle of bee-related tasks.

About Volition Community

Volition Community is a charity based at Manchester Cathedral. We are innovative in our approach to volunteering and employability. We bring Cathedrals, civic leaders, partners, and business together to open up job opportunities for local unemployed people who are Volition Community volunteers. Our aim is to “level the playing field” so that more unemployed people can achieve their goal of securing a good job.

Over a period of ten weeks, Volition Community volunteers complete a course in Employability Skills with The Manchester College, attend a supported job club, and complete three hours per week of volunteering. A volunteer opportunity available is assisting Volition Community’s Beekeeper to tend hives at Manchester Cathedral and Salford Cathedral. The hives must be properly tended by the Beekeeper and it is important that the successful candidate understands that the apiaries exist as an integral part of Volition Community.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Beekeeper with intermediate or advanced skills to develop in a socially valuable way, as part of the wider Volition team.

The successful candidate will require patience, flexibility and sensitivity as some of the volunteers supported by Volition Community face one or more barriers to employment.

For further information, please download our Job Description and Person Specification from the following link:

Additional information

If you would like to get in touch for further information, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Henshaw, Volition Volunteer Manager by email or by telephone on 0161 833 2220 (ext 242).

Recruitment process

If you are interested in the role and you have the relevant skills, qualifications and experience, please send your CV with a covering letter to:

Laura Henshaw
Volunteer Manager
Volition Community
Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SQ

Or by email to

  • Applications will need to be received by Friday 25th January at 5pm
  • All candidates will be contacted by Thursday 31st January at the latest, to indicate the status of your application
  • Prior to the interview candidates will be invited for a tour of the Volition Community office and the hives on Monday 4th February from 2pm – 5pm
  • Interviews will take place on Thursday 7th February for candidates shortlisted for interview
  • Start date for successful applicant will be Monday 4th March
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