Second National Convention for Celebrants

27th SEPTEMBER 2018

Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions

From Death Cafés to Digital Marketing

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Come to a Death Café

Presenter: Emma Curtis

Come along and experience a Death Café run by expert Death Café host Emma. See what happens and how the café works - and of course - there will be cake!

 

Session time: 1pm

Emma Curtis

About Emma

Emma Curtis - secular minister, celebrant, pastoral counsellor, opera singer, Death Cafe host and founder of Celebrant Support

Emma is a secular minister and the founder of Extraordinary Ceremonies, creating highly personalised funerals and memorial ceremonies based on the personalities and beliefs of those she serves, however individual. As a certified celebrant, thanatologist, grief specialist, she fully supports the bereaved through and beyond the funeral ceremony.  She is both a minister and pastoral counsellor ordained in the USA, and an independent celebrant trained in the UK.

Emma's thirty years on the international stage as a professional opera singer and actress support her expertise in presentation skills and public speaking. She has facilitated group and workshops throughout her career including voice, grief, play, creatively, confidence and presentation, as well as being a Death Cafe host.

Emma was named runner-up in the Minister of the Year category of the 2017 Good Funeral Awards, the first non-religious minister to be recognised in this category. Previously she was a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 in the Good Funeral Awards Celebrant of the Year category.

Emma teaches and mentors celebrants and ministers. She is the creator and facilitator of Time to Altar Grief, an ongoing secular altar for the community created from memorial art. She also runs death and grief positivity workshops for both adults and children and has presented at many festivals and events including the National Trust's Life. Death. Whatever., Belief and Beyond Belief at the Southbank Centre, for the British Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and for the Open University

How to put on a Death Café

Presenter: Emma Curtis

Have you ever thought about putting on a Death Café? Expert Emma will explain how to go about it.

 

Session time: 3pm

Emma Curtis

About Emma

Emma Curtis - secular minister, celebrant, pastoral counsellor, opera singer, Death Cafe host and founder of Celebrant Support

Emma is a secular minister and the founder of Extraordinary Ceremonies, creating highly personalised funerals and memorial ceremonies based on the personalities and beliefs of those she serves, however individual. As a certified celebrant, thanatologist, grief specialist, she fully supports the bereaved through and beyond the funeral ceremony.  She is both a minister and pastoral counsellor ordained in the USA, and an independent celebrant trained in the UK.

Emma's thirty years on the international stage as a professional opera singer and actress support her expertise in presentation skills and public speaking. She has facilitated group and workshops throughout her career including voice, grief, play, creatively, confidence and presentation, as well as being a Death Cafe host.

Emma was named runner-up in the Minister of the Year category of the 2017 Good Funeral Awards, the first non-religious minister to be recognised in this category. Previously she was a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 in the Good Funeral Awards Celebrant of the Year category.

Emma teaches and mentors celebrants and ministers. She is the creator and facilitator of Time to Altar Grief, an ongoing secular altar for the community created from memorial art. She also runs death and grief positivity workshops for both adults and children and has presented at many festivals and events including the National Trust's Life. Death. Whatever., Belief and Beyond Belief at the Southbank Centre, for the British Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and for the Open University

Handfasting Demonstration

Presenter: Dawn Kinsella

Increasingly popular at ceremonies, handfasting can be a standalone ceremony or included within any couple ceremony. Dawn will be demonstrating a handfasting appropriate for any professional celebrant to offer. A fascinating insight into how you can add a spiritual element to the ceremonies that you offer.

 

Session times: 11am and 12pm

Dawn Kinsella

About Dawn

Dawn is a Priestess of Avalon and Priestess of the Goddess, and is Melissa Mother for the Goddess Temple, taking care of the Temple Melissas, who volunteer their time to open the Temple to the public. Dawn is the keeper of the keys and one of the guardians of the Temple.

Her role as Priestess is as ceremonialist and she conducts ceremonies, sacred marriages and handfastings. She holds the NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy and is one of the registrars for the many legal marriages that are held at Glastonbury Goddess Temple.

More Choice than Coffee

Presenter: Wendy Coulton

Finding the right place for a funeral service.

There can be positive benefits for the bereaved if funeral services are not held in crematorium chapels. This workshop will explore the different options and provide a sound checklist on how to identify potential alternative venues, and how to plan and conduct memorable funeral services in them.

 

Session times: 11am and 2pm

Wendy Coulton

About Wendy

Wendy was the first Plymouth-based qualified funeral celebrant when she started to serve the bereaved in Devon and Cornwall in 2013. Drawing on more than 25 years of media and professional communications experience, she is totally committed to creating memorable personal funeral services which reflect the values of the deceased and the wishes of their family. She says ‘I am an advocate for choice, compassion and creativity to ensure the bereaved can say farewell in their own way.  A constant feature of my working life has been ‘people stories’ with an empathy and respect for people from all walks of life. I pride myself on the extra touches I use to make a funeral service as unique as the individual being honoured.

Wendy wanted to find more funeral venues in her city and has worked non- stop to build a much wider choice of funerals venues for families  Find out how she did it!

Registrars and Celebrants Working Together

Presenter: Adam Cooper

Update on the Staffordshire Pilot Scheme.

Adam Cooper

Staffordshire County Council is working with local celebrants to offer seamless ceremonies for marrying couples - come and hear from Adam about how the scheme is working. Could it work in your area?

Following Adam’s talk at the 2017 Convention for Celebrants, a pilot scheme has been established in Staffordshire. In the pilot scheme, registrars will conduct the legal part of the ceremony WITHIN a Ceremony-led wedding ceremony. Adam will provide an update on progress to date.

Session time: 12pm

About Adam

Adam has been working with the registration service in Staffordshire for just over three years.  Prior to this, his background was as a police officer for ten years. He is certainly used to speaking to large audiences and having to be heard!

 

Since joining the registration service, Adam has become involved in the management of the rapidly changing service following his training as a Registration Officer. He is highly experienced in the management and practicalities of registering all life events including births, deaths and marriages and of course conducting a wide range of varied ceremonies including marriages, renewal of vows, naming ceremonies and citizenship ceremonies.

The three most important things to know about social media

Presenter: Steve Castledine

If you were asked to name the three most important things you need to know about using social media for business, what would you say? The answer will be revealed in the workshop session and Steve will break down the three keys to social media success for Celebrants

 

Session times: 1pm and 3pm

Steve Castledine

About Steve

Steve Castledine has a passion for digital marketing.

Director of Webizzy, Steve has a wealth of experience in website development, social media marketing and the dark arts of getting businesses found online. A web designer at heart,

Steve constantly strives to learn the next big marketing breakthrough as soon as it becomes available. Webizzy began as a web design agency; developing designs to help people get more business online. A website can’t do that on its own. Running social media and advertising campaigns for clients help to drive traffic to their websites. Webizzy has now evolved, working with clients to develop a cohesive digital marketing strategy. Steve has spent his career helping businesses to incorporate all aspects of their online voice to create a unified, attractive, simple to understand message. A message that engages new customers, excites existing customers and highlights the unique qualities of each.

Upskill your Poetry Delivery Technique

Presenter: Melanie McHugh

Well delivered poetry and readings really matter to all ceremonies whether a funeral, a wedding, renewal of vows, naming or any other ceremony. Improve your delivery with help and techniques from an expert.

 

Session times: 12pm and 2pm

Melanie McHugh

About Melanie

Melanie has been working as a professional actress for 16 years. She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has worked in many theatres in Great Britain and Ireland including the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the National Theatre in London and spent a very successful season with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and the West End. She has performed in both classical and modern plays, most recently in London and touring Scotland in Conor McPherson's Tony-award winning play, Shining City. Her interest in voice work and public speaking is inspired by the great teachers Patsy Rodenburg at the National and Cicely Berry at the RSC, who is probably the most famous voice teacher in the world. Melanie is also a winner of the prestigious Yeats Competition in Sligo, Ireland and uses poetry in workshops as a way of demonstrating the possibilities of vocal expression. She will demonstrate and inspire you to deliver poetry even to even greater effect!!

Working and networking with wedding professionals

Presenter: Siobhan Craven-Robins

Working well with wedding planners, and all wedding professionals is crucial to a celebrant’s wedding business. Siobhan has a wealth of knowledge, experience and ideas to help celebrants make the very best of their key relationships. Find out about the role of the NAWP, which celebrants can also join!

 

Session time: 11am

Siobhan Craven-Robins

About Siobhan

Siobhan Craven-Robins

Director and Co-Founder of The National Association of Wedding Professionals

Back in 1995, Siobhan recognised a gap in the market for designated co-ordinators to help couples through the wedding planning process saving them time, money and disappointment. Siobhan is acknowledged in the industry as the UK’s first Wedding Planner.

Siobhan is now established as one of the UK’s leading wedding co-ordinators. Her beautiful weddings have featured in Hello, OK! and many bridal magazines in various countries around the world. Her famous clients include Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Greg Kinnear, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, Des O’Connor and Ronni Ancona.

She was GMTV’s resident wedding expert and featured on the show for the Interactive wedding (2002-2006) where she designed various aspects of a wedding for the viewers to vote on.

Siobhan writes for various wedding magazines and is frequently requested as a speaker at business seminars and wedding shows. She is also frequently hired as a consultant for wedding related TV and radio shows, new venues and other suppliers within the wedding industry.

In 2005 she launched her DVD, ‘From This Day Forward’, a guide to planning the perfect wedding.

In 2013, with two of her industry colleagues, she founded National Association of Wedding Professionals; an association promoting professionalism and integrity within the UK Wedding Industry. The association has gone from strength to strength, boasting a high calibre membership and starting to be regarded as a benchmark for professionalism within the UK industry.

Siobhan now spends some of her time guest lecturing to Event Course/Degree students at various colleges and universities in London.

Siobhan is renowned for her imaginative flair; no two weddings are ever the same. Her goal is to achieve a wedding that is truly representative of the couple involved. A wedding that is individual to them - and one that guests enjoy and appreciate.

 

Financial efficiency for your business

Presenter: Duncan Childs

Duncan Childs

 

What can you claim against tax? Is it worth using an accountant? What about National Insurance? Working for someone else and for yourself?  Are you keeping records properly? These are just some of the questions that Duncan Childs will answer in this important session. It is fundamental to the success of your business that you run it properly and this is the opportunity to listen and ask questions to a fully qualified and experienced accountant and business advisor. So bring your questions along! You will leave with a much clearer understanding of your options, compliance obligations and gather plenty of useful advice.

Session time: 2pm

About Duncan

Duncan is a director of Meadows & Co Ltd, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Kettering who act for hundreds of owner managed businesses, whether trading in an individual’s name, in partnership or a limited company. He has worked in practice for over 40 years and has a great deal of experience in assisting small businesses, including start-ups, with accountancy, tax and legal advice.

In the spare time that he does get, Duncan is a member of a number of social organisations and was a school governor for over 20 years. He has set up and run a number of beer festivals in the Kettering area and organises dinners in aid of local charities. Apart from cycling and dog walking, his favourite pastime is sitting in a pub garden with, of course, a pint of beer!

Are you a Dementia Friendly Celebrant? Become a Dementia Friend today!

Presenter: Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

We may all come across people living with dementia; whether our own relatives or friends, those people we meet as clients, or their family members.  

In this interactive awareness session presented by celebrant and Dementia Friends Champion Rosalie Kuyvenhoven you will learn 5 key messages about dementia, increasing your understanding of the disease. You will receive details on how to support people living with dementia, together with suggestions about how you personally can commit to dementia-friendly action. At the end of the session, you will receive a badge showing that you are a Dementia Friend.

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

 

Session time: 2pm

 

Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

About Rosalie

Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

Rosalie is a London-based celebrant who creates and conducts warm, truthful and bespoke ceremonies for any life event. She offers inclusive ceremonies for all ages, beliefs, backgrounds, abilities and gender identities.

Rosalie holds a Masters in theology, was trained as a minister and worked for two years as a researcher and lecturer with a special interest in rituals and ritual space. She also has had careers in change management and learning and development, supporting individuals, teams and organisations in transition programmes for more than 12 years. Rosalie hosts Death Cafes, is the creator and facilitator of The Table of Life to remember the ones we’ve lost and co-facilitates the Grief Foundations Training for Funeral Professionals. As a Dementia Friends Champion she runs information sessions to increase awareness about the disease.

Rosalie trained with the Professional Fellowship of Celebrants and holds certificates in Family and Funeral Celebrancy. In 2016 she was runner up Celebrant of the Year for the Good Funeral Awards. In 2017 she was a finalist in the same category.

She blogs about rituals and ceremonies at www.ritualstoday.co.uk and is active on Twitter and Instagram as @rituals_today.

Visit Rosalie’s Website www.ritualstoday.co.uk

The Future Of Funeral Celebrancy – an exploration of the role and standards of practice.

Presenter: Anne Barber

Funeral celebrancy has been around for a long time, but recently has been referred to as 'the new profession'.  This will be an interactive workshop to explore the future role of funeral celebrants, and to capture ideas about what you see to be the quality standards all professional celebrants should meet.

 

Session time: 11am

 

The Way Forward

About Anne

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