Focus on Young People

Celebrating a summer of activities and developments

Find out more about some of the activities which have been taking place this summer for young people from our own diocese - and from the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia - and about the, now full strength, Children Young People and Families team..

Children, Young People and Families team reaches full strength

As the Autumn term begins, the  Children, Young People and Families Team is now up to full strength with the appointment of three new children and youth leaders. 

Joining Liz Morton (pictured second left) , the team leader, and Anne Carter (third from left), are Katherine Grasham (far left), Dawn Moore (second on the right) and Graeme Bigg. 

Each of the five team members will be the first point of contact for one of the five Episcopal Areas (see below) and in addition each will offer specialist advice, training and leadership in specific areas from working with under-5s and families to employment of church youth workers.

The team will be based at the Diocesan Office and will be supported by Mission and Ministry Administrator, Charlie Scott. Although the roles are part-time, the team will be available to respond to requests, go out and meet with deaneries, chapters and parishes, running training events across the diocese.

Meet the team

Liz Morton is the team leader, has overall responsibility for training events and is the first point of contact for the Wakefield area. Contact Liz on  0113 3530 237, liz.morton [at]

Anne Carter is the first point of contact for the Ripon Episcopal Area and will offer training and advice in ministry with families including, under 5’s ministry, baptism and all-age activities.  Contact Anne on 0113 3530 239 anne.carter [at]

Katherine Grasham  will be the first point of contact for the Bradford area, returning to the area she was brought up. Katherine comes to the diocese after being a parish worker in Southport and her specialism will be in Interfaith and Global links. Contact Katherine on  0113 3530 235 katherine.grasham [at]

Dawn Moore will be the first point of contact for the Leeds Episcopal Area. Dawn has previously been working in the Sheffield Diocese as part of their Children and Families team and her specialism will be Recruitment and support. Contact Dawn  on 0113 3530 234 dawn.moore [at]

Graeme Bigg is the first point of contact for Huddersfield EA and previously has worked in the Diocese of Manchester as a children and young people’s worker in Bury. Graeme’s specialism will be in ensuring children and young people are encouragd and able to play a full part in church and diocesan structures as well as the CofE Youth Council. Contact Graeme on 0113 3530 236  graeme.bigg [at]

Contact the Mission and Ministry Administrator, Charlie Scott on 0113 3530 238,  charlie.scott [at]

Visit the Children, Young People and Families page here 

A summer to remember – a ‘life-changing’ holiday in Ripon

Young people from churches across the diocese are in Ripon, North Yorkshire, this month for a life changing holiday to remember, joining with hundreds of others from across the country.

Around 240 teenagers and young leaders are taking part in two Christian summer holiday ‘venture’ weeks at Ripon Grammar School, led by married clergy couple, Rector of Leeds, Canon Sam Corley, and Curate at St Edmunds Roundhay, the Revd Claire Corley (pictured right).  

Read more here 

Diocese hosts action-packed youth visit

A group of young people from our link Diocese of Southwestern Virginia are homeward bound after an action-packed programme of visits across the diocese included a trip on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, visits to some of our most famous beauty spots and worship at a variety of churches.

While here in the diocese the youngsters  and their leaders were hosted by church families in the Bradford and Keighley area, and enjoyed the hospitality of local churches. They met with Bishop Toby Howarth, the Bishop of Bradford  as well as Chief Inspector of Bradford Police, and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford.

Read more and see pictrures from the action packed visit here

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