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JOINED UP CONFERENCE

CaSS started running an annual conference in 2013. That morphed into the Joined Up Conference after partnering with other organisations (the Diocese of Sheffield, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church). Since then, CaSS has helped to organise this conference, bringing together those working with children, youth, schools, families and chaplaincy to hear keynote speakers, take part in workshops and be inspired and equipped to continue in their ministries.

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Joined Up Conference Prayer

Loving God, 

You call us to join up – to join up our thoughts and ideas, to join up our giving and caring, to join up the gaps across generations and traditions and to stand hand-in-hand as the people of our joined-up, three-in-one God.

We’re so aware of the ways in which the world can seem such a scary and threatening place for our young people right now, where aggressive powers seek to divide and conquer; where places of safety and security become fragmented and unstable; where a sense of disconnection threaten to thwart  the thirst for wonder, discovery and life, and space to flourish.  We hold those situations before you now…

It’s so good that we’ve been able to join up. We give thanks for those who’ve organised and planned, for speakers, facilitators and participants.

We pray that each here will discover, through you uniting Spirit, something new, something inspiring, something vital and life-giving to take with us into our work, lives and relationships with young people.

May we each be enlivened by our connectivity – and may our joined-upness build wholeness of love, of hope, of peace, in the name of the Joiner of Nazareth – Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

 

Helen Reah, Chaplain to Joined Up Conference

Save the Date for next year's conference:

Saturday 1st March 2025!

 

Joined Up Conference 2024

Saturday 2nd March

We had a great time at this year's Joined Up Conference, which was held at at Victoria Hall in Sheffield. The delightful Gareth Hillier from Care for the Family and the Kitchen Table Project was our keynote speaker and there were 15 diverse workshops throughout the day. There was also a vibrant marketplace of organisations, some lovely worship and lots of chatting, networking, food and drink! There are a number of talks and photos from the day to view on the Joined Up website. The video below shows the highlights from the day.

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Here are the workshops we ran on the day:

  • Adventures with Jesus

  • Listening to the voices of young people seeking justice

  • Looking after our young people’s wellbeing

  • How to include children and young people with ADHD

  • Chaplaincy in school

  • Let them take over – developing leadership in young people

  • Running a toddler group

  • Whole family discipleship

  • Trustworthy leadership

  • Vaping and young people

  • Developing young leaders

  • Sex and relationships

  • Making sense of our senses

  • The Power of Listening

  • Anxiety: How to help young people

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We had some great feedback about the day:

  • Excellent workshops! Inspiring! Thank you for an excellent day – and keeping it such fab value!

  • The structure of the day was perfect – thanks!

  • Excellent organization.

  • I enjoyed meeting many different people and seeing old faces from a few years ago.

  • All really good and ran smoothly.

  • Well organized, all good!

  • It was brilliant, thank you for organizing.

  • I am not deaf but the signing was amazing, something I haven’t witnessed before.

  • Great location.

  • Marketplace was amazing!

  • Good to worship together.

  • Excellent value for money  - thank you!

  • Always encouraging to meet other people.

  • Thank you for a great day.

  • Good central venue. Nice lunch. Good to have reusable cups etc.

  • Great value and great resources.

  • Thanks for organizing – no mean feat!

  • Such good value and a great location.

  • All excellent.

  • Amazing, feel very valued.

  • Very inspiring!

  • Engaging and practical, very useful.

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Joined Up Conference 2023

The 2023 conference took place on Saturday 4th March at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield. We had Lucy Moore, Head of the Church of England's Growing Faith Foundation (and founder of Messy Church), as our keynote speaker. You can view videos of the keynote, short stories and some of the workshops on the Joined Up Conference website.

Overhead crowd photo of Joined Up Conference 2023
One of the marketplace stalls at Joined Up 2023
Mike, Fiona, Jonathan and Victoria - the Joined Up planning team

Previous Conferences

   

Visit the Joined Up Youtube channel or the Joined Up Conference website to watch videos of the talks and workshops and to view photos from previous years' conferences.

Joined Up 2022

Our 2022 conference took place on Saturday 5th March at STC Sheffield, Crookes and Wesley Hall, Crookes. Our keynote speakers were Hannah Chukwu, Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Books and Bishop Sophie from the Diocese of Sheffield.

Joined Up 2021

The 2021 Joined Up Conference was held entirely online on Saturday 6th March. It was really well attended with over 300 delegates from all over the country. There were 23 workshops for delegates to choose from, and we heard three amazing keynote speakers for the day: Krish Kandiah from Home for Good, Mark Russell from the Children’s Society and Susie Mapledoram from Manchester Diocese.

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List of logos of organisations who run Joined Up conference
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