Children and young people's work news
Children and young people's work update
Children and families day, Friends House, London on Monday 7 April 2014: This day is an opportunity for children, with an accompanying adult, to visit, find out about and enjoy Friends House and learn more about the work that goes on here. This could be a meeting excursion or a family day out. The day will include stories, talks, activities and worship. There is no charge for the day. Of the 75 spaces for children and adults, 54 are booked. The closing date for bookings is 21 March. For booking information www.quaker.org.uk/cyp-family-day-april-2014
Yearly Meeting Gathering bookings: This all age event takes place at the University of Bath from 2 to 9 August. Two thirds of the places for the 0 – 4’s and 11 – 14’s programmes are booked. Only around 10 places are left on the 5 – 11’s programme. There are still lots of places on the 14 – 17’s programme (JYM). The deadline for bookings is 31 March, but once full places for the children and young people’s programmes will not be available. For booking information follow the booking tab on http://groupspaces.com/QuakerYMG/pages/children-and-young-people.
Things to do
Workshops on being ready for children in your meeting: This workshop takes place 29 March in Lancaster (closing date for bookings 14.3.14), 26 April in Peterborough (closing date for bookings 11.4.14), 7 June in Glasgow (closing date for bookings 23.5.14), 7 June in Cardiff (closing date for bookings 25.5.14) and 21 June in York (closing date for bookings 6.6.14). For more details of this workshop and for information on how to book onto one of these opportunities go to www.quaker.org.uk/being-ready-2014
Quaker Service Memorial Trust: This is located at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire. This brings the Quaker peace testimony to a place which has many military memorials. The QSMT trustees would be pleased to meet groups or individuals there and show them around. The Quaker Service exhibition is available on loan to Quaker meetings, consisting of 12 banners which fold into their stands. The content covers Quaker service since the Irish famine up to the present, with a focus on the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Friends Relief Service. Find out more at www.qsmt.org.uk or make contact through email@example.com
Things to use
Teach Peace pack: In the Ideas Store, www.quaker.org.uk/ideas-store , there is now a link to this pack and to a photo of a cabinet of peace cranes that were made in one school in response to one of the assemblies in the pack. The resources and ideas are very valuable for when Friends go into schools, as a resource for Quaker teachers and to recommend to schools when asked for ideas. Here is the link directly to this resource www.quaker.org.uk/ideas/teach-peace-pack-quaker-peace-and-social-witness
World War I centenary: The special issue of the children’s edition of Journeys in the Spirit, ‘White feather stories’, and Issue 21 of the youth edition, ‘A call above the roar of the guns’ are both part of the new pack about the WWI centenary ‘Witnessing for peace’ that will be available from the Quaker Centre. As well as the Journeys in the Spirit issues the pack will include a CD, white feather bookmark, postcards and a newspaper of stories. Contact the Quaker Centre on 020 7663 1030 or at www.quaker.org.uk/shop/contact
Things to tell children
Save Childhood Movement: This issues regular newsletters that are full of interesting links and information about childhood and supporting children, you can sign up for these at www.savechildhood.net/join-us.html . One of the links in the current newsletter is about National Children’s Day – maybe your meeting and children could be involved in this? Go to www.nationalchildrensdayuk.com/ for information.
Things useful to know
Quaker jobs: Quaker Peace and Social Witness are currently advertising for a one year UK peace worker post, which will be from September 2014 to August 2015. The details are available at http://www.quaker.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteer-opportunities including the job description and a paper on how the UK peace worker scheme works. Quaker United Nations Office are currently advertising for a Programme Assistant Food & Sustainability/Climate Change in Geneva for September 2014 to August 2015. The details, job description and application form are on the QUNO webpage http://www.quno.org/timeline/2014/2/geneva-hiring-programme-assistant-food-sustainability-and-climate-change
Journeys in the Spirit resource
The Journeys in the Spirit: children’s work edition was launched in 2007; you can find out more about this by viewing the Journeys in the Spirit: children’s edition web pages that are within Resources on this site. This includes details of how to subscribe to receive this each month.
If you work with young people within a Quaker setting then the Journeys in the Spirit: youth work edition is for you. Full information about this, including subscription details, can be found on the Journeys in the Spirit: youth work edition web pages that are also within Resources on this site.