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Barnabas increases diocesan support for children and families

First published on: 24th July 2023

As part of Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence, the Diocese of Leeds is pleased to be able to expand support offered to children, young people and families.

This support will initially come in two distinct ways: developing the links between churches, schools and homes across the region; and working directly with parishes to support the best ways to develop youth work in their area.

These things will help us play our part in the national vision to double the number of young people in active discipleship by 2030.

With more than 200 schools in the diocese, building strong links between them and our churches is an important priority.

To do this, we will recruit someone who will work with churches and schools across the diocese to forge new relationships and to encourage children and young people with and in meaningful discipleship.

This role includes developing area hubs for this work, who will then offer peer learning and support to all in the diocese.

To increase the support offered directly to parishes, Barnabas will also build the capacity of our Children, Young People and Families Team.

This will allow the team to work with parishes on the best options for nurturing and walking with young people in their church, in ways most appropriate for them.

Liz Morton, Children, Young People and Families Team Leader, said: “I am really excited by the opportunities the new roles will give the team to support even more parishes in their mission with children, young people and families.

“It’s a privilege to work alongside parish leaders and volunteers as they seek to give children, young people and their families a life enhancing encounter with God in their local communities.”

To find out more about this work, please get in touch with our Children, Young People and Families Team by emailing

All of this work is happening as part of Barnabas: Encouraging Confidence, which is how we all work together to create confident Christians, build growing churches and be part of transforming communities.

You can find out more about Barnabas here.

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