Sunday, 30 March 2014

UK Society of Celebrants Newsletter - March 2014

Thankfully, we now seem to be over the worst of the recent bad weather and we hope that those of you affected are coming to terms with the damage and moving on.

Our transistion in to our new training facilities in Lincoln appears to have been met with all round approval form our Trainers / Tutors and our recent cohorts of Trainee Celebrants. The Cafe Portico has also had a positive upturn in clientele - thanks to you all we now feel settled in our new home.
Hugs are good for you!

New Members
The January celebrant training enrolment madness now seems to have passed and we are concentratiing on dealing with the continual stream of enquiries and enrolments.  If you are still contemplating becoming a Civil Celebrant and you think you have what it takes, you would be wise to get on board soon. Just give us a call FREE on 0800 772 0762 or visit us here.

Group Training
We are now 7 weeks in to our newly formatted Group Training Courses. Candidates from these courses now have no issues with the amount of individual Tutor contact time. Quality of training is our emphasis not quantity. Although these courses are just as intense as the previous versions, the interaction with tutors and group members is now a more positive experience. Furthermore, as all our Group & Personal Training courses are held weekly, we anticipate that new celebrants will have a wider choisce of course dates.
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Internet Marketing
We once again encourage all our Members who currently do not have their own website to talk to their Mentors. We will build, integrate social media / blog and optimise your sites ( for PC & Mobile) for FREE – All we ask is that you purchase your domain name and hosting package through us at a current cost of £10.80 for the first year (£26 pa thereafter). Also remember that you will maintain instant 100% editorial /layout control of your site and you will be shown how to do it. This may sound scary but is far simpler than it may appear.
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The Civil Celebrant Blog
We are running a variety of educational articles regarding celebrancy on our blog. To receive these articles direct to your inbox  please subscribe to the blog here just click on the email / rss links on the right hand side of the page.

FREE Phone Numbers
We have now had a Free Phone number at UKSOC for over 3 months. The resulting number of calls to that number is at least 5 times more than our landline number produced. Now that Mobiles can access 0800 numbers for Free too, it may well be worth your while trying such a number yourself. For the monthly cost of a couple of coffees at “CostaBucks”, what have you got to lose? For more information contact you Mentor.
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Celebrant Workshops
You may be aware that we have developed and written a series of Workshops for Celebrants. Our intention has always been to provide as many workshops as possible for free. Workshops to be held in Lincoln will always be free and refreshments will be provided. However, Workshops held outside of Lincoln may necessitate a small charge being made £5-20 depending on the venue and expected attendance.
Pretty Please -  we still need feedback from our Celebrant Members regarding their likelihood of attending such events either local to them or in Lincoln. Comments welcome here.
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Have Your Say
As we  are already Nationally Affilliated to the National Secular Society we are looking towards broadening our appeal with similar affiliations to each of the following : A National Forces Charity; A National Cancer Charity & A National Funeral Care Provider. We are speaking with these concerns right now  and we are interested in you having your say on these plans before we formalise arrangements - afterall it is your society too. Have Your Say  here.
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Any Questions?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 772 0762 or drop us a linehere.
That’s all for this month .Take Care & Be Well!
James Convery
Lead Tutor - CEO

Want to be a Funeral Celebrant? Look before you leap!

Cairnman

As Funeral Celebrants a "cairn" may be viewed as an ideal metaphor for the work that they do... building a funeral ceremony, piece by piece (stone by stone) of the life lived by the person that has died. These pieces are then assembled in a manner that will pay a fitting tribute / life celebrantion for the bereaved family and friends. It can be demanding, emotional, sometimes just plain hard, but it is also one of the most rewarding professions you can imagine!

At the UK Society of Celebrants, we will cover most things you will need to learn to conduct a heartfelt meaningful ceremony that will bring comfort to those attending. From understanding grief, to working with funeral directors, to interviewing families (in practice) as well as creating a fitting tribute and ceremony, then finally presenting the ceremony in a safe and caring environment. Everyone who has completed the course said they came away with the realisation that there is so much more to putting a good funeral together than most people realise and being put under the pressure of having only a couple of days to pull a ceremony together gave them a taste of how it really is.

So if you are looking for a well paid, 9 till 5 job Monday to Friday, then don’t read on because that is not what funeral celebrancy is all about. Rather it is a vocation, it is immediate, can be time consuming and requires total focus to be able to meet the demands of a short work around time. However, you can also usually work around hours that suit you. It can mean though putting aside plans made, to going to meet with a bereaved family while they are still gathered together.

That being said, we have not met a Funeral Celebrant who does not love what they do! The satisfaction of receiving a phone call, letter, card of thanks, goes beyond words. A good Funeral Celebrant can make a difference in people’s lives that will, quite literally, stay with them forever.

So if you haven’t been put off by odd hours and shortness of preparation time, you might consider seriously learning more.

Unlike many trainers, ALL our trainers / Tutors are experienced Civil Celebrants, having officiated over 7000 life celebrantions. We want those who are interested in learning to fully understand what it is like, warts and all. Our Distance Learning Trainee Celebrants benefit from 1 to 1 live tuition via skype on a weekly basis (often more often)

Our Group Training Courses (limited to 3 candidates) are held over 3 days in our Premium Training facilities in the heart of Lincoln or alternatively at a location of your choice.The course may challenge you and teach you skills that can be applied to every part of your life. We feel confident that it will help you discover more about yourself and your capabilities.

Our Courses allow almost everyone to access our training, wherever and whenever they choose.

If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to call us on 0800 772 0762 and we can have a chat or visit us here!