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. Help is at hand.

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.

These opportunities are offered by the Children and Young People's Work Training Team – a part of the Quaker Life Network – supported by the Children and Young People's Work staff in Friends House. They are Friends with experience in children and young people's work; they are also skilled at facilitating groups of adults. They have a desire for Quakerism to be for people of all ages. Usually two members from this team would meet any request made.


Conferences and workshops

    Host a workshop

    Workshops:

    • provide opportunities to learn, reflect, practice and plan
    • require a suitable space and at least six participants (the workshop will be made available wider than the hosting meeting)
    • typically run from 10.30–4pm on weekends (but could be a half day)
    • cost £5 per participant (payable on the day).

    Request a workshop for your meeting on one of a variety of topics:

    Being ready for children and families

    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.

    An introduction to Quaker children and young people's 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.

    Worshipping all together

    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.

    Babies and toddlers in Quaker meeting

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

    Building relationships with children

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

    Exploring the spiritual with young people

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

    Working with small numbers across 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 (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.

    To make a request click here to download an external form.

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    Upcoming workshops

    Godly Play / Faith & Play Storytelling Workshop

    Venue: Jordan's Quaker Meeting House

    Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019

    Time: 10.30am - 4.15pm

    Further information can be found here.

    To book onto this event please fill in the online form.

    Consider how all are welcome

    Be supported in making your meeting welcoming to all through considering some of the advices and queries in the All are welcome resource. Friends will visit your meeting to work with you to explore what your meeting might do and how to begin. If it is helpful, follow up visits will be arranged. A £60 charge is made for each request met.

    To make a request click here to download an external form.

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    Explore together growing an all age community

    Have a session to explore growing as all-age community. This might be at:

    • an area/local meeting – morning, afternoon or day.
    • a session for elders and overseers
    • another occasion that suits your meeting.

    A £60 charge is made for each request met.

    To make a request click here to download an external form.

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    To make a request

    To download an external form to request any of the above opportunities.

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    Conferences

    All Are Welcome - Engaging with Quaker Families Saturday, 2 March at Friends House, Euston

    A day to explore how the resource All Are Welcome has been used since its launch. This will be an engaging, creative and interactive day; a time to share stories, ideas, hopes and experiences.

    An event for anyone wanting to find out about using the resource and everyone wanting to explore building an all age community.

    For more informationn and to book a place check our event page.

    Reaching out to... Connecting with... Being enriched by... link to 'Growing an all-age community' leaflet.


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

    Quaker Youth Work Conference November 2018 at Woodbrooke in Birmingham

    This was for those involved in running events with young Quakers aged 11+. The conference provided a networking opportunity for anyone working with young Quakers, including; summer event organisers, committee members, adult volunteers and people working with young Friends in Meetings. The day explored gender diversity at Quaker youth events.

    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 9-11 November 2018. This conference takes place every three years and is a chance for advocates to come together, learn about the role and explore the common issues affecting the advocacy of Quaker children and young people's work.

    Contact us

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