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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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The report that follows includes a wealth of information about how Volition Community has operated in 2023 and the profiles of our clientele. The contents are a great tribute to the dedication and hard work of all our staff and they celebrate our external collaborations, especially our partnership with Salford Cathedral, The Property Alliance Group, Procure Plus and others within the commercial world who ensure that this small charity can continue to make a great difference to the lives of so many people in Greater Manchester.

There are two aspects of the report that I should particularly like to emphasise. The first is the extent to which we are achieving a high record of success in assisting Volition graduates into employment, while recruiting from people who are outliers in the national profile of those attending job centres. This aspect of our work includes the preponderance of clients under 20 and over 50, as well as the longer-term unemployed, who are often referred to us when other approaches have failed. Our personalised approach, including no goodbyes, excellent volunteering opportunities and the support of major regional employers are reasons why we are able to combine excellent success rates while also taking on people with greater distances to travel in their aim of re-entering paid employment. We provide excellent value for money to our generous donors and are able to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of those referred to us.

The second is the pleasing and ever-increasing integration of Volition Community with the mission and life of Manchester & Salford Cathedrals. Our gardeners and beekeepers improve the Cathedral’s environmental sustainability, and our welcomers contribute to a great experience for the visitors to Manchester Cathedral. Our work is recognised in Vision 2035, the Cathedral’s strategic and business plan, as part of the Cathedral’s commitment to the service of all people. The Volition objectives and role are also of great significance for the Cathedral’s forthcoming bid for major funding in support of the development project and all it means for the Cathedral’s medium and long-term future.

We have much to report of which we can be justifiably proud, and on behalf of the trustees, I want to thank everyone involved for the success and achievements of the past year.

Click here to Download the full Annual Report 2023 pdf

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