Message from Donneta one of our Expert Practitioners

Children and Youth Adviser - Carolyn Edwards

Carolyn is a resource for the whole Diocese as her job is to equip, enable, resource and inspire churches in their engagement with children and young people.

She worked for many years as a children's evangelist and youth group leader and has trained children's and youth workers with CYM and Cliff College for nearly two decades!

She has written materials and resouces for Scripture Union and Premier YCW magazine, and has two books published - 'Slugs and Snails and Puppy Dogs' tails - helping boys connect with God' and 'Rethinking Children's Work in Churches'.

She is passionate about seeing children and young people encounter and grow in their knowledge and love of God, and really happy to spend time with churches working on how that might be done in the best possible way.

Contact Carolyn Edwards at

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. 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. Please do get in touch with the Diocesan Children and Youth Adviser, Carolyn Edwards

Children and Youth Support Network

Our aim is to provide a network of local support from a network of local 'expert practitioners' who can offer encouragement and advice based on their own specialist knowledge and experience

Become a consultant...

If you feel that you have a particular area of expertise or experience that you would like to share, please contact Carolyn Edwards

So for instance...

  • if you are thinking about starting a family meal gathering or a 'Messy Church', contact us and we will arrange a conversation with someone who is already running a successful one and can help you through those 'teething problems'
  • if you want to think strategically about how you can develop engagement with children and young people in your area, we can send a consultant to spend a day with key, interested people to help you dream dreams and make plans
  • if you want to run a holiday club, but you don't know where to start, we can provide an adviser who can get you up and running
  • If you have an active, well attended youth club but you want to do more 'God stuff', then we can get someone to call you to give you tips on how to make that happen effectively
  • if you need someone to run the children's and/or youth work for your church weekend away, we can give you contact details of people who have done similar things elsewhere

Support Network Directory

  • Carolyn Edwards is the Children and Youth Adviser for the Diocese and have many years experience of working for the church, and training children's and youth workers
  • Olivia Seymour is the Assistant Director of Education and is tasked with helping churches develop creative ways to support their local schools
  • Jonny Price works for Church Army. He is an experienced youth worker who is currently completing an Post Graduate dissertation on Generation Z.
  • Fiona Jarrett is the Children's Ministry Leader at G2 Church, York and is currently mentoring a new family worker in the Diocese
  • John and Vanessa Pearson run the Doorways Youth Centre in Saltburn and bring years of experience in pastoring young people with a variety of needs.
  • Abi and Jonny Hedges run a youth ministry charity in Redcar called Blank Canvas. They have many years experience working for a large church in London
  • Kate Kennedy is the children and youth worker for the Brampton parishes
  • Donneta Thomas is the children and families minister at All Saints Northallerton
  • Celia Hare is the Family and Youth worker at St Marks, Newby