Young People

The Mission Team of Ely Diocese believes passionately in the importance of engaging relevantly, effectively, and early with young people within our churches, schools, and communities.

We also work with parishes, youth agencies, leaders and individuals to strategically develop a Vision for Youth Ministry – whatever the context and, within that, offer events, training, and resources that aim to encourage and grow an enhanced confidence in working with young people.

Within the Mission Team, Rachael Heffer, in the role of Youth Adviser, oversees youth development and seeks to engage with churches, youth leaders, regional and national Youth agencies and individuals to explore how together we can engage relevantly with those aged 11-18, and see growth in models of Youth ministry across the diocese.

We would love to work with you in developing a growing vision for your youth ministry, tackling key challenges that you are facing, or explore options for resources, events, or engaging with young people in your local community.

Rachael can be contacted on or on mobile 07945 638803.

Youth-focused Monthly Mailings

If you would like to keep up to date with any youth developments, events, training, or gatherings facilitated by the Youth Adviser and partners, please subscribe to our mailing list for us to keep you in touch.

To subscribe to youth mailings, please email

Youth Leader Training and Conferences

We offer a wide-range of Youth-themed Seminars and Training events to equip and work with individual Youth Workers, Ministers, or whole youth teams and volunteers, in how to effectively engage and disciple young people. For full information about upcoming training dates, events, and conferences – click here

Youth Leader Gatherings

The Mission Team is part of the Cambridge Youthwork Collective (CYWC). This is a collaborative group of partners which includes Cambridge & District Youth for Christ (YFC), Urban Saints, CYM Ridley Hall, Scripture Union, Romsey Mill and WCCYM.

The Cambridge Collective run many Training events during the year and organise a ‘Collective Termly’ gathering for all those involved in Youth Ministry. This is called the ‘Collective Termly’ gathering and is open to all those involved in paid or voluntary youth ministry roles in whatever context around the diocese.

For more information or for dates of these gatherings, please contact Rachael Heffer.

The Children 's Society

We support the work of The Children 's Society. This is a charity which works to safeguard, defend and protect children and young people through campaigns and the provision of a range of services. We partner with them to raise awareness of the issues affecting children and young people and they will often be represented at our training events.

For more information on The Children 's Society 's current campaign on protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation, click here

For information about young people and Confirmation, click here.