We have some fantastic training opportunities across the Diocese. For more information on training please call 01254 503419.

Leading Your Church into Youth Work


Sat 2 May 2020


St Cuthbert’s, Fulwood




Leading Your Church into Youth Work (LYCiYW) is a day conference to inspire, encourage and equip ministry with young people to start, grow & develop.


Whatever your youth work looks like now, whether big, small, you are just starting out or you are exploring doing something this event is for you.

Saturday 2nd May (10am-3pm) at St Cuthbert’s Church in Fulwood, Preston


Saturday 10th October (10am-3pm) at All Saint’s Church in Hoole, Chester

The Conference costs £7 per person which includes all event input: workshops, worship, keynote, and refreshments. 

Those attending will need to provide their own lunch.

The day begins and ends with times of worship, as well as two inspiring and encouraging keynote talks

There will be two opportunities to engage with a choice of five workshops:

  • Children to Young People.
  • Youth Work from Scratch.
  • Social versus spiritual?
  • Engaging with Schools.
  • Meeting young people where they are.

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Open the Door: Children's Ministry Conference


Fri 28th – Sat 29th February 2020


Barton Grange Hotel, PR3 5EE


£38 – £110pp


The Board of Education is now accepting bookings for the ‘Open the Door’ Children’s Ministry Conference on Friday 28th – Saturday 29th February 2020. This time we’ll be considering how we connect with a digitally native generation and share the gospel with children currently beyond our reach.

The keynote speakers include Rob Steward, Stela Stansfield and Ruth Hassall.

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th February 2020

Barton Grange Hotel, 746-768 Garstang Rd, Barton, Preston, PR3 5EE

There are two price brackets for this event:

£110 per person – Friday and Saturday conference access

This includes:

  • Conference dinner
  • Friday evening session
  • Accommodation
  • Access to hotel leisure facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Saturday conference with keynote speakers
  • Choose of workshops
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • FREE delegate pack


£38 per person – Saturday full day conference access

This includes:

  • Saturday conference with keynote speakers
  • Choice of workshops
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • FREE delegate pack

Youth Evangelism Conference


Sat 21 March 2020


The Message Trust, Manchester


includes Lunch


Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) is a day conference to equip and inspire leaders to reach young people.

Saturday 21st March 2020


The Message Trust, Harper Road, Manchester, M22 4SH

The day costs £40 per person

This includes all conference input, content & lunch

The conference has keynote talks from: A teenage evangelist, Laura Hancock from YFC & Mark Ritchie.

There will be opportunity to attend workshops that seek to help us in exploring how God’s love through the Gospel transform us, our young people and our communities.

Youthscape Essentials


Monday Evenings

(11 May – 13 July)


Preston Minster




Youthscape Essentials is a free 10-week training course for youth work volunteers: anyone who is helping with young people at their church, or thinking about getting involved.

6.15-9.00pm (6.15pm for Dinner, 7pm for the session)

Monday evenings from 11th May to 13th July 2020

Preston Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT

The course is free & a free evening meal is offered too.

The session of the course will cover a different aspecst of the following:

1. INSIGHTS INTO YOUTH CULTURE: Key signposts into how today’s young people think, act and spend time.

2. SKILLS FOR YOUTH WORK: The practical basics of working with young people.

3. DEVELOPING YOURSELF: A chance to reflect on and explore your own life and faith.

Belonging: Understanding ADHD


Mon 16 March 2020


St Stephen’s on the Cliffs, FY2 9RB




Belonging is our series of training workshops to support and equip Children and Youth Workers to understand and include children who have additional needs.

ADHD is misunderstood. The image of ‘the naughty child’ is outdated and damaging. This course will help you understand what ADHD is and how we can support children and young people (and into adulthood)in our church with plenty of positive ideas and strategies to help them know that they belong and that the family of God is a place they can thrive.

7pm to 9pm on Monday 16 March 2020

St Stephen’s on the Cliffs, Blackpool, FY2 9RB

This event is £5.98


Parish Based Training

We can offer a wide range of youth work training courses that are delivered upon request from a parish, or a group of parishes. They vary in length and content as they are tailor made to the needs of the people being trained. For more information and for the range of topics explored please click the button below.

Created for you

Parish based training is tailor made for you, so if there is a particular topic you would like to learn more about simply request this in your discussion with the youth team.

Foundations Course


Oct, Nov, Dec & Jan


Diocesan Office, Blackburn




Foundations is focused on equipping those doing children’s and/or youth work in our churches whilst seeking to be easy to access. No previous children’s or youth work training is required, and while there will be some tasks to support your learning between training days there is no formal written assessments.

9.45am to 3.30pm on 

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Tuesday 14 January 2020

The course is free though participants will need to provide their own lunch

The course will cover the following content:

-Children’s & Youth Work skills

-Theological Reflection and Reflective Practice

-How to confidently share your faith

-Leadership, Character and Vision


-Working with, equipping and managing volunteer teams

Mental Health First Aid

The Board of Education believes that Mental Health First Aid Training is really valuable and therefore has reduced the £250 price tag of this course to £40!  This includes all material and certificates, though please do bring your own lunch.

Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, and is delivered through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, with each session built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.

Unfortunately we have only 16 places per course so book quickly to avoid disappointment. 
To book visit the MHFA website by clicking the button below.

The Training Information

Diocesan Office, Clayton House, Blackburn, BB1 2QE | £40 per person

Across the Diocese and Beyond

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