Who are these lovely people running the workshops? Let’s take a look…
Helen Cockayne (Workshop: Children’s Spirituality) – Helen is currently the Project Manager for the Centenary Project in the Diocese of Sheffield and a tutor for the Aurora Children’s course. She is an experienced practitioner, having worked with children and young people in the church for almost 30 years. She trained at Cliff College, and is passionate about nurturing children’s faith and helping them find a living relationship with Jesus.
Dan Budhi (Workshop: Principles and practices of youth ministry). Dan has been involved in schools work around Doncaster for the past 5 years. Through his relationship with churches and young people, began Youth for Christ – Doncaster in order to pioneer new youth work in areas where there is no access for young people to engage with the gospel.
Kirsty Rigg (Workshop: Family Ministry) – Kirsty is a Scot who relocated with her family to Doncaster 13 years ago. She and her husband have two girls, aged 19 and 10. She had a range of church traditions growing up and is currently working as a Children, Youth and Families Worker in Anglo-Catholic parishes in Doncaster.
Geoff Brown (Keynote speaker and Workshop: School Ministry) – Geoff is the Development Worker (Schools) for the Scripture Union NE and Yorkshire region. He used to be a secondary school teacher and has many years’ experience as a schools worker. Geoff is passionate to see Christians living for God at school and is keen to support them in this.
Linda Gascoyne (Workshop: Just listen?!) – Linda, & her husband Baz, planted a church in Sheffield in 1996 working with students & families. She combined this role with her work as an HR Manager & Trainer in Communications & Personal Development. For the last 11 years she has been running a Listening/Chaplaincy Service at a GP Practice, and now runs a charity which trains and provides Listeners into a wide range of contexts.
Samantha Sheehan (Workshops: Gen Y) – Samantha is a minister in the United Reformed Church, ordained 3 years ago. She moved to Leeds in April to take up post exploring possible good practise guidelines to help congregations engage with 18-25 year olds. As part of this role, she joined the ecumenical chaplaincy team serving four universities in Leeds.
Dave and Louise Luck (Workshop: What Happens Now? A personal response to bereavement) – Dave & Louise Luck lost their youngest son Ben, aged six in 2011. They don’t talk as experts but as people that ‘get it’. Dave and Louise are members of STC Sheffield where they lead a cluster community made up of four midweek groups.
Kathryn Lord (Workshop: Godly Play) – Kathryn is a trainer for Godly Play UK and is the children’s work co-ordinator at The Vine Church in an inner city area of Sheffield. She is passionate about supporting spiritually enriching practices that can bring well being to people of all ages and which can help re-envision the mission and ministry of churches.
Matty Hawthorne (Workshop: Insights into Generation Z) – Matty works for Scripture Union as a Pioneer Development Worker across the north of England, previously he has spent 18 years in youth ministry and church leadership, working extensively with those on the margins. Matty has a passion to see Christian leaders and young people engaged in mission.
Alison Powell (Workshop: Messy Church – exploring the self review toolkit) – Alison is a part of the Centenary Project team working as a Children and Families worker for the Beakon Mission Partnership in Doncaster. She is also the Messy Church regional coordinator for Doncaster providing support, prayer and help to established Messy Churches and help for teams with aspirations to set up new.
Beth Stout (Workshops: Funding a Youth Project & Risky Relationships) – Beth is the Chief Executive of Golddigger Trust, an award-winning youth work charity based here in Sheffield. Having been involved in youth work professionally for over 12 years, Beth is passionate about seeing young people reach their potential, and for the organisations serving them to do the same.
Jo Fitzsimmons (Workshop: Mental Health: Supporting young people to develop coping strategies) – Jo runs Youthscape’s Self Harm online support work, a programme called Alumina. She is a trained youth worker and counsellor; having worked in schools, prisons, youth centres and youth organisations. She’s the mum of two teenagers and a dog owner!
Ben Jones (Workshop: Using VR in Youth Ministry) – Ben Jones is the Founder and CEO of Missional Generation. A Christian youth charity in the North of England that has a heart for missional living and the local church. MG equips young people to explore Mission, evangelism and how to become influential for God in every arena of life. Our aim is to help the Church strengthen its voice, be at the cutting edge in society and we feel young people can ignite this into action.
Martha Flavell (Workshop: Open the Book) – Details coming soon.
Fiona Sheikh (Workshop: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impact on Children’s Emotional Wellbeing) – Having grown up in a home where my mum and dad were foster carers and having been a foster carer for 5 years for Sheffield City Council, I have taken my knowledge of how adverse childhood experiences can affect children and used it to support schools over the last 9 years by providing knowledge and practical strategies to use within the classroom.
Megan Tillbrook (Workshop: Fun for under a fiver) – Children & Youth Development Practitioner for the United Reformed Church Yorkshire Synod. Megan has worked with young people in various settings for over 10 years and thoroughly feels privileged to be called by God to love and serve children, young people and those who minister with them. She also loves cats and likes reading poetry. She has also recently just become a mum!
Melissa Simmonds (Workshop: Working with Autism) – Melissa is a qualified Children’s Minister and is studying a Master’s degree in Autism studies. She has also lived experience of Autism.
Tim Jansen (Workshop: Mental Health – Trauma) – Tim was born in The Netherlands and trained for his General and Mental health nursing there. After 15 years’ experience of working in different mental health settings and countries in the EU including the UK, he is now living in Sheffield with his family. He is currently working as a youth worker and part time Chaplain in mental health care for the NHS trust and is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor.
Helen Ward (Workshop: Developing work with Toddlers) – Helen is the Family and Children’s Team Leader at STC Sheffield, and also manages the OFSTED registered nursery run by the church. STC Nursery was the first pre-school in Sheffield to be graded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, and has achieved this rating twice. Prior to working for the church, Helen was an Assistant Head Teacher at a Sheffield secondary school, and has twenty years experience working in education and with families. Helen is married to Alan, and they have 3 children.
Miriam Kearney (Workshop: The value and impact of School Chaplaincy) – Miriam is a lay School Chaplain in a Church of England Academy in West Yorkshire. When she is not working, she can be found drinking copious amounts of tea (Yorkshire of course) and walking up ridiculously big hills.
Annabel Stott (Workshop: Young people, mission and social action) – Annabel has been working with the Centenary Project for over two years as a youth worker in Doncaster; running outreach groups, discipleship groups, a youth service and mentoring sessions. When she’s not working, she’s out with her husband Matt walking their spaniel, Shadow, designing pretty posters or decorating the house!