"Visiting Parc Eglos school was a privilege in itself so it was a very pleasant surprise to observe a group of pupils actively engaged in learning about prayer and faith. Schools are busy places and do not always lend themselves to times of quiet. The Prayer Space is clearly a place where children can take time to learn about themselves, each other and the role faith plays in modern life."Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives (Cornwall)

Teams

ENGLAND

Phil Togwell lives on the North-East coast of England with his family (one wife, three daughters, two dogs). Phil trained and worked in a wide range of Youth & Community settings before serving as 24-7 Prayer's UK director for 7 years. He now leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools teams and the Diocese of Durham's Prayer Project. @philtogwell
 

 

Tandia Hughes is a qualified Youth Worker based in Redhill. Tandia has experience in both Church and Schools Youth Work. She competed in National level Sports Acrobatics (gymnastics) and has great admiration for the outdoors. Tandia runs the operations and communications for Prayer Spaces in Schools. @tandiahughes
 

 

 

Tim Abbott leads CYO, a youth and schools ministry, which (among other things) runs Sanctum prayer spaces in the Colchester area. He is married, has two sons, and plays bass. Tim has organised three town-wide 24-7 prayer rooms, one in a shop. He likes starting new things. @tim_abbott

 

 

 

Catherine Clayton lives and works in Oxford. She spent six years working as a primary school teacher, RE Coordinator and the curriculum leader for her school. She enjoys skiing and swimming. Catherine leads Be Space, which equips people in Oxfordshire to develop prayer spaces in all kinds of places. @catclayton
 

 

 

Liz Ogborne was a Primary School teacher and RE Advisory Teacher before heading up Redland Education Centre in Bristol for 8 years, providing RE enrichment for local schools. She is now part of Bristol Schools Connection - a charity seeking to equip churches to serve the spiritual life of schools. Liz is married to Jon with 2 children. She loves playing netball and dancing to funky music

 

 


SCOTLAND

Debbie Meehan lives in Ayr with her husband, Steve, and they have three grown-up sons. She is a secondary-school Maths teacher (the best subject) and she leads the Prayer Spaces in Schools Scotland team. Debbie loves laughing, blethering with friends over coffee and avoiding housework.
 

 

 

 

IRELAND

Emma Thompson is wife to Pete and mummy to Micah, and they live in Belfast with their first born child, Arthur the Pug. Originally from England, she has spent the last 10 years doing a bunch of youth work related activity and now works with 24-7 Prayer Ireland co-ordinating Prayer Spaces in Schools, and along with Pete heads up a church community in the West of the city. @missemmabriony

 

 

GERMANY

Jana Nimmo lives in Marburg with her husband Jonny, and their two children Paul and Lene. She works for Schüler SMD, and co-ordinates prayer spaces in Germany one day-a-week. "I believe PrayerSpaces is something that we really need in our German schools". You can contact Jana directly via email.

 

 

 

MALTA

Silvana Cardona lives in Malta with her husband and four daughters. She has been an educator for  30 years, half of which teaching in centres for young people with challenging behaviour. Silvana co-ordinates the prayer spaces team in Malta together with Fr Reuben. The team have supported  around 200 prayer space in schools, seminars, youth organisations, family retreats, Summer schools and in St John’s Co Cathedral during the State of Europe forum. Silvana loves writing, swimming and being with her family. You can contact Silvana by email

 

Fr Reuben Gauci lives in Malta. Fr Reuben was ordained as a Catholic priest in 2006. Fr Reuben currently works with educators, children and young people through schools and a non-governmental organisation called ZAK. Between 2006 and 2010, Fr Reuben served in a parish and in the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. fr Reuben has pioneered prayer spaces across Malta alongside Silvana. You can contact Fr Reuben by email