Corporate Affiliate Partner - Investing in employability people
The Cathedral Volunteer Programme (CVP) began in 2012 with dual aims: to diversify the volunteer base at the Cathedral so that volunteers reflect the local population as well as the visitor demographic which is World-wide; to use volunteering opportunities as a genuine stepping stone for unemployed people to get in to sustainable jobs in the City and in this way, create social change and transform peoples’ lives.
With very small investment initially, the CVP was launched in 2012 in partnership with Jobcentre Plus/DWP. With impressive results, Jobcentre Plus re-commissioned the programme a number of times for Greater Manchester and Liverpool.
The CVP was rebranded in 2015 as Volition Community and became an independent charity (CIO) which is chaired by the Dean of Manchester and made up of directors from voluntary, private and third sector organisations, all of which have played an instrumental role in the development. Our plan now is to take Volition to other cathedrals in the UK.
In May 2014 Volition was awarded the NESTA Social Action Innovation Fund which focuses on a small number of big social challenges, such as supporting people into work. Our core belief is ‘that unemployed people increase their employability through volunteering’ and to date over 700 volunteers have benefited from the programme with 50% of people now in jobs.
Manchester Cathedral hosted the highly successful launch of the North West Group.