It is with great regret that a decision has been made to cancel this year’s Parish Training days in May and June, due to the lack of uptake.

Four days across the diocese had been arranged with sessions ranging from finance to safeguarding, communications and youth work.

Following a review of the numbers booked to attend, alongside the substantial degree of organising and resourcing required to host the days, the decision to cancel was made.

Esther Pollard, Diocesan Secretary, said: “The decision to cancel the parish training days has not been taken lightly and we hope you understand. We cannot justified the days if there are not sufficient numbers of people attending.”

The team at Church House now have an opportunity to re-think how parish training days are provided and as a result you will be invited to feedback on how you think this area of work can best be resourced. The work of parishes is hugely valued and so part of the plan going forward is to provide more localised training.

There will be more details on parish training in the coming weeks.