Volition is a partnership between Manchester and Salford Cathedrals, promoting employability through volunteering. This ten-week programme enables the long-term unemployed to develop skills and interview techniques, whilst crucially giving them meaningful volunteering opportunities to put on their CV. The Volition Programme takes advantage of links between the cathedral and local businesses.
Salford Cathedral offers a wide range of practical work experience to volunteers on the programme develop a broad set of skills. These roles include art classes, supporting volunteers on the welcome desk, helping in back-office functions, working with tour guides, gardening, and beekeeping.
Volition has been active at Manchester Cathedral for a decade. The cathedral environment has proven a strong factor in the success of a scheme which organisers hope will be rolled out in cathedrals across the country.