Become a marriage preparation course facilitator

We know there’s much more to marriage than the wedding day. Surprisingly though, many couples get so caught up in thinking about the special day that they don’t pay enough attention to the longer term. So, when their relationship encounters challenges, they are ill equipped to deal with them.

Our marriage preparation course facilitators are trained to deliver specially designed short (one-day) courses called Preparing Together , mainly to those marrying in the Catholic Church. The courses alert couples to the issues and challenges of relationships and what it takes to achieve a strong, fulfilling, healthy relationship.

If you want to help others to achieve healthy couple relationships and enjoy working with people in groups, this could be the right volunteering role for you.

We will give you full training and support so that you are confident and qualified to deliver the course. In return we ask you to co-lead three marriage preparation courses a year.

The training

The marriage preparation course facilitator training takes place over three days, usually on consecutive weekends. The course content includes the basic psychology of marriage and intimate relationships; basic group management skills and presentation skills and what it means to get married in church. Successful participants will undergo a probationary period, working as part of a team on two marriage preparation courses. Successful completion of the probationary period will result in the award of a marriage preparation course facilitator certificate.

Further information and how to apply

If you are interested in this role, please download the documents on this page for more information and email: letting us know where you are based – so we can check that your local centre has a vacancy. Once you are happy to apply please fill in the form and send your completed application form to

Once we have received your application you will be invited to meet with members of your local Marriage Care centre for an interview and to find out more about the role. The local centre will then forward your details to the national support team requesting a place for you on an upcoming training course.

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Having had an interest in marriage preparation, I did the training and started working with other colleagues from my local centre. It is amazing to see young people (and some not so young!) come on our courses, perhaps with some trepidation or even reluctance, and see them learn and grow, and find out how to build and develop their relationship - something that was missing for me when I married.”


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