Learning and Training opportunties

Here is a list of some of the Learning and Training Opportunities that are happening both locally and further afield.

‘Building Resilience’ Conference: a sustainable future for your place of worship

I am pleased to tell you that booking is currently open for the National Churches Trust’s ‘Building Resilience’ Conference on 27 June 2018. Taking place at the Emmanuel Centre in central London, this is a major event for anyone who loves, looks after or supports church buildings.

We are especially delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP will be giving a keynote address, joining writer and broadcaster, Bill Bryson, as one of our special guest speakers.

To find out more and to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page.

There is also still time to take advantage of our special Early Bird offer. Book your place before the 30 April and you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five signed copies of Bill Bryson’s latest book “The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island.”

Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship

This is a collaborative exercise between Cliff College, Methodist Pioneering Pathways (Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network), and Church Mission Society. The Certificate will be within the Cliff College Short Course Programme for the 2017-18 academic year.  The ‘Make Good’ course, leading to a Cliff College Certificate in Missional Entrepreneurship course, is to be delivered by Martin Lawson and Steve Baker, and is a course developed by three partner organisations (Church Mission Society, Pickwell Foundation and Matryoshka Haus). We are delighted to be able to be joining forces deliver this very successful course at Cliff College. The week long course is planned for 13-18 May  2018, and more details, including how to register,  can be found via this link:


Please feel free to pass on this news to those who could be interested in this new course which is ideal for pioneers and budding entrepreneurs.  To register an interest please contact shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk

‘This is a course which brilliantly engages with people and their ideas, and moves them from ‘thinking’ to ‘doing’.  Encouraging participants to build from what they’re passionate about, equipping them with a set of tools for the journey, and helping them find resources and partners as they answer the question “What does good look like in my context?” It’s always a real privilege to be able to journey alongside participants as they process how they can creatively and entrepreneurially innovate in ways that offer hope and impact to their communities and situations’. Martin Lawson, Course Leader; Make Good 

‘This is an excellent course, that has already proved itself across the country, and we are grateful to be able to offer it here at Cliff College. It will allow pioneers and other creative entrepreneurs in the church the opportunity to explore strategic ways forward for expanding their ‘Big Idea’, and making significant impact into their community’. Ian White, Programme Leader, Short Courses, Cliff College

Free First Aid offer – British Red Cross

We work with organisations and community groups in Yorkshire who support people that are facing higher risks of needing first aid in particular crises, including:

  • People who are homeless or rough sleepers and at risk of injury or sudden illness
  • Adults over 65 who are at more risk of slips, trips and falls.

Our sessions have had all of the technical/clinical language removed to ensure that it is easy to learn and therefore easy to remember in an emergency situation. Each session is designed to meet learners’ needs and is tailored to the environment the learner will be in. We are happy to work with service users, their family/friends/carers and also volunteers and staff in your organisation.

What can you expect from our first aid session?

  • Effective, easy to learn first aid education in a relaxed, fun and informal style.
  • Provide relevant first aid skills tailored to the needs of the group.
  • Break down the barriers to helping others.
  • Build the confidence and willingness to help in a first aid emergency.
  • Typically last 2 hours, but flexible depending on number of skills taught.
  • Suitable for groups of up to 15 people.
  • Participants will receive a pack that covers the skills learned and will be awarded a certificate of learning upon completion.
  • Delivered by experienced Red Cross trained educators.
  • Delivered at your venue.
  • One or more sessions will be provided, as is necessary.
  • Fully funded – there is no cost to you

If this is something you would be interested in, please use the booking form here to find out more: 2016-2017 Adult Enquiry Form

 One Way Creative Ministries Puppet Ministry Training Day

Saturday 28 April – Standish WN6 0JT

Our Puppet Ministry Training Days feature a full day of hands on training and is suitable for both adults and young people, schools ministry, youth/children’s workers, those already involved in puppet ministry and wanting to improve their skills or even if you are just curious as to how puppetry can be a part of your outreach.

Full details on the event in your area can be found on our website here –

Ebor Lectures

The Ebor Lecture series aims to promote a conversation between theology and public issues. The Yorkshire North & East District is one of five ecumenical partners involved in this venture and in adopting the theme of ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ the 12th series marks the centenary of the ending of World War 1. A highlight this year is a family event with Michael Morpurgo. The lectures are free to attend and you are warmly invited.

Full details including how to book tickets are can be found in the leaflet here: Ebor Lectures 2018