Andy and Jo Bowden

Andy and Jo Bowden

Children’s and Youth Work Consultants for Cleveland Archdeaconry

aj.thewell@gmail.comSend Email
Andy: 07544 705064 Jo: 07526 255215

Andy and Jo Bowden have over 30 years experience of working with children and young people through education, chaplaincy and church youth work. They run 'The Well' which offers to support churches and schools around the country, and they provide a number of resources and materials. Based in The Yorkshire Wolds, Andy is part time vicar of a group of parishes around Weaverthorpe. They have been contracted for 3 years on a part time basis to provide support to churches in the Cleveland Archdeaconry. See more on their website:

Our aim is to:

We are available to visit any parish or group of leaders to talk about your own situation, to support ongoing work or help you develop new ideas, from … to employing a youth worker. We can run training for you in a parish or for a group of parishes or Deanery - from a general course on engaging children and young people in the church to specific issues or needs you might have. We also have many resources available for you to borrow or browse. If there is some other way we might be able to help, please do get in touch.

Diocese Children, Youth and Families Committee

This Committee acts alongside the Children and Youth Team, to raise the profile of children and young people across the diocese.The committee meets 4 times a year and is made up of a wide variety of people from parishes across the diocese who are involved or interested in work with children and young people.

Current Members:

The Ven Sarah Bullock (Archdeacon of York) (Chair)
Tel: 01904 758241

Mr Mike Bailey (Reader, Pocklington parishes)

Revd Dominic Black (Area Dean, Middlesborough)

Revd Richard Carew (Archbishop's Chaplain)

Mrs Lesley Collinson (Thornaby on Tees)

Ms Emily Finch (The Bus Stop Project)

Mrs Linda Gibbon (Thirsk)

Mrs Olivia Seymour (Diocesan Education Team)

Mr James Simister (Parish Youth Minister, Huntington)

Mrs Sarah Weyell (Great Ayton)

If you want to see the churches in our diocese making a difference to children and young peoples' lives and you've got some ideas to make that happen then please think about getting involved in the committee. If you're interested contact Gill Baldwin (Archdeacon of York's PA) for more information: