Children and young people are a vital part of the life of Quaker meetings. The Children and Young People's Work team in Quaker Life offer training opportunities and conferences to support Quaker meetings in this work.

Offering opportunities and supporting work for children and young Quakers can seem complicated and can be hard to do. It is important to do this work well.

Quaker Life offer a variety of opportunities to help Quakers in their work with and oversight of children and young people in Quaker settings. We do not seek to tell you what to do but hope to enable you to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes so that your work with young Quakers is effective.

Conferences and workshops

    Growing an all age community

    Quaker Life's Children and Young People's work trainers can help you discern how you might strengthen and grow as an all age community.

    This might be at:

    • an Area Meeting morning, afternoon or whole day;
    • a Local Meeting morning, afternoon or whole day;
    • a session for elders and overseers;
    • a time for those working with children and young people;
    • a get together for parents and grandparents;
    • another occasion that works for your meeting.

    Following a request two CYP trainers will be allocated to work with you. Initially, they will be in touch to explore your needs and then will work with you to deliver the day, or session, as agreed.

    There will be a £60 charge for each request that is met.

    For more details of this opportunity.

    For an online request form.

    Workshops you can request

    These opportunities will support Quaker engagement with children and young people in local and area meetings. The workshops are facilitated by the children and young people's work trainers who are part of the Quaker Life Network. They are supported by the children and young people's work staff team.

    Celebrating babies, toddlers and families in Quaker meetings

    Seeking to bring Friends together to explore issues, ideas and practicalities relating to ages 0 to 3 and families in meetings.

    Building relationships in children's meeting: nurture and discipline

    For those who wish to develop their skills and approaches in working with children or who are considering working with children in meetings.

    Being ready for children in your meeting

    For those in Quaker meetings that do not currently have engagement with children, who wish to consider what they can do to be ready for children coming to meeting.

    Working with small numbers and a wide age range

    For those involved in or supporting children's work who are working with small numbers of children of a wide age range.

    Storytelling as theological reflection: exploring Godly Play

    This workshop is for those involved in or supporting children's work. It offers opportunities to explore and practice the use of story for theological reflection and journeying with children using the Godly Play approach.

    Exploring the spiritual with young people

    Encouraging adults to journey alongside young people in their spiritual journeys.

    Feel the fear... an introduction to CYP work

    Aimed at those new to working with children and young people in a Quaker context, this workshop considers purposes, spiritual developments, ideas, resources available and planning.

    All age worship

    This workshop is for all those in the Quaker meeting who wish to develop their thinking and practice about ways for the whole meeting to engage fully in worship together.

    Bespoke day or a consultation visit

    Your meeting may have a particular area of concern in its children and young people's work that it wants to explore. A bespoke day or consultation visit might be the thing to request. You will then be sent a further form to provide more information about your meetings needs.

    Some practical details for meetings hosting workshops

    • Hosting meetings need to provide a suitable venue, supply refreshments, guarantee at least six participants and have a contact person for liaison before an event.
    • A charge of £5 per person is made, payable on the day.
    • Participants will need to bring a packed lunch.
    • All workshops are timed to last a day (10.30–16.00 or equivalent) so would normally take place on a Saturday or Sunday.
    • The children and young people's work staff team in Friends House will promote the workshop to other meetings in the vicinity, process bookings, write to all who book, provide the workshop facilitators and materials for the workshop.

    You can make a request to host a workshop in your meeting by filling in our workshop request form. Or download the workshop leaflet about working with and including children and young people which includes booking information.

    Upcoming workshops

    Working with a small group of children with a wide range of ages

    Where: Cambridge Jesus Lane Meeting House

    When: 24 June 2017.

    To attend you need to book a place.

    For more information see the leaflet.

    Bookings close on 12 June 2017.

    Conferences

    See below details of the conferences that we hold to support children and young people's work done in Quaker meetings across Britain.

    Summer Event and Residential Link Group Coordinators Day

    This one day event is for Quaker summer event and residential link group coordinators, which is taking place on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Friends House, London. This day provides an opportunity to bring those together involved in residential Quaker youth work, to gather to share practices, discuss concerns and explore approaches. The day is free (including lunch) and funding is available to pay the travel expenses for two people from each event. For information on how to book on to this event go to www.quaker.org.uk/events or please contact Lucy Sam, Children and Young People's Officer lucys@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1160.

    Quaker Youth Work Conference

    This one day annual conference provided a networking opportunity for those who engage with Quaker young people aged 11+.

    The next Quaker Youth Work Conference will take place on Saturday 11 November 2018. There will not be a Quaker Youth Work Conference in 2017 to allow people the opportunity to attend the 'Engaging with Families Conferences' that the Children and Young People's Work staff team will host in November and December 2017. Those who would like the opportunity to engage in a networking event aimed at those working with young Quakers aged 11+ should attend the 'Summer Event and Residential Link Group Coordinators Day on 6 May 2017 at Friends House, London as detailed above.

    The Quaker Youth Work Conference theme for 2016 conference was 'Be Inspired: stories of young Quakers and social witness'. The aim of the conference was to share experience and develop skills to support in assisting young people with carrying out social witness.

    If you need any further information or have any questions please contact the CYP Administrator cypadmin@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1013.

    Area Meeting Children and Young People's Work Advocates Conference

    The Area Meeting Children and Young People's Work Advocates Conference took place at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre from 6–8 November 2015. This conference takes place every three years and is a chance for advocates to come together and learn about the role.


    Header image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Contact us

    CYP Administrator
    cypadmin@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1013