Thursday, 20 June 2013

UK Society of Celebrants: Newsletter June 2013

Hello to all our Newsletter Subscribers

Summer is finally upon us and we hope you are all keeping well. You have probably realised that this Newsletter is not in the usual format. The reason for the change is that publishing our Newsletters via our blog, saves time, is more flexible and accessible to a wider audience and will provide a handy archive of Newsletter Back-Issues. Now for some announcements.

Celebrant Trainers
We would like to welcome two new Celebrant Trainers to our Training Team; Phil Hammond is an experienced Family & Funeral Celebrant based in Bristol and will Tutor / Mentor all of our Direct Learning Courses in the South West of England and will soon be one of our online Tutors too. Similarly, Jade Gracie from Manchester has been a Family Celebrant in the North West of England for the last 3 years as a side to being a College Lecturer. Jade trained to be a Funeral Celebrant with us last year and has now started to Tutor / Mentor on our Family Celebrancy Distance Learning Course. Jade will soon Tutor the Funeral Celebrant Course after she has officiated at her 100th Funeral Ceremony.

NEW Distance Learning Courses
We are now in the third month after the introduction of our All New Distance Learning Courses. We are delighted with the take up of the New Courses and they now account for over 80% of all our training activities. Since their introduction in April this year 82% of enrollments have been for the Funeral & Family Celebrant Course,11% of enrollments on the Family Celebrant Course  and the remainder on the Funeral Celebrant Course. This promising start has put us on target  to achieve our target of 400 UKSoC Members by the year end.

NEW Publications - The Complete Celebrant
On 1st September 2013 we will launch a number of New Publications which are all part of  "The Complete Celebrant" Package. These publications will be available via Kindle, PDF and in Hard Copy. These publications are currently being tested and being copyrighted. There will be 3 publications as follows;

  1. "The Complete Celebrant" - Stage 1 -This book / e-book is designed to introduce a potential independent celebrant to the world of Family & Funeral Celebrancy practice in the UK. It is a self-help book that will ensure that your Celebrant Tool-Box is adequately equipped and sets you on the road for practicing as a celebrant. The book will be priced at £9.90 in electronic format and £14.25 in hard copy format (including postage). All UKSoC Members as of 1st September will receive a complementary electronic copy.
  2. "The Complete Celebrant" - Stage 2 - This resource is designed to accompany Stage 1 and includes Self-Assessments, Script Writing Resource Pack & Telephone Support. This package is intended for prospective Independent Celebrants who feel they have the necessary skill sets to practice as long as they are confident they are on the right track. All resources are provided in electronic format. There is a maximum time limit of 9 months for completing Stage 2. "The Complete Celebrant" - Stage 2 will be available for the cost of £49.99.
  3. "The Complete Celebrant" - Stage 3 - This resource is designed to accompany Stage 1 and includes Stage 2 as well as Live & Ongoing Tutor / Mentor Support including Roll Play, Marked Written Assessments, UKSoC Certification and 1 Year membership of the UK Society of Celebrants. This package is designed for prospective Independent Celebrants, who wish to develop all of the necessary celebrancy skills with the security of ongoing Mentor Support as their practice evolves. This package is very similar to the Family & Funeral Celebrancy Distance Learning Course at a considerable lower fiscal cost. All resources are provided in a combination of electronic format and hard copy. There is a maximum time limit of 12 months for completing Stage 3.  "The Complete Celebrant" - Stage 3 will be available for the cost of £449.99.
Celebrant Training Referrals
A Referral Commission of 1 Year UKSoC Membership (or 10% of Course Fee) is available to ALL UK Society of Celebrants Members for referring potential celebrants who enroll on any Stage 3 Course, Distance Learning Course or Direct Learning Course. Any Member who refers 3 or more people who enroll will receive Lifetime Membership of UKSoC and the above commission.

Blogging - Competition
You may well be aware of the importance of blogging if you wish to become more visible or maintain a higher online profile. We understand that this activity can be time consuming. All UKSoC Members are asked to write down their celebrancy related anecdotes or educational articles and send them to . Entries must be received by the 15th of each month for inclusion in the next newsletter or blog post. Alternatively, Members may be interested in being a guest blogger - contact James on for more information. Winners will be announced in each newsletter, with links to their personal website or profile page. Winning entries will also receive a £25 Amazon Voucher. Please refrain from using real names / place names in your entries in order that the real people and places cannot be identified. Thanks

Celebrant Profiles
We are inviting UKSoC Members to provide an enhanced updated profile (500 words max) with a view to featuring 2 Members each month in this newsletter in order that Members can be publicised. This blog is gaining in popularity month on month and business is being generated as a result, so the effort could prove to be worthwhile.

That is all we have for this month, Be Well & Be Happy! See you in July.