Working in a variety of settings, including prisons, universities and hospitals, Quaker chaplains offer friendship and spiritual advice to people of all faiths and none.

They often minister to the most vulnerable in society, such as those without the support of friends and family. This vital form of ministry also helps to establish a visible presence for the life, work and witness of Quakers in a wide range of communities.

Quaker Life supports and seeks to strengthen Quaker chaplaincy by providing information, training, conferences, and opportunities for development and networking.

To find out more about any of the information given on this page please contact:

Marleen Schepers
Chaplaincy Support Officer
020 7663 1143

More support for Quaker chaplains


    A brief guide to Quaker chaplaincy

    A guide for Quaker area and local meetings and Friends considering becoming a chaplain. It provides an introduction to chaplaincy in a wide variety of settings and considers some themes and experiences common to Quaker chaplaincy.



    Quaker Life can arrange for a speaker to visit your meeting and provide an overview of chaplaincy, or prison chaplaincy and Britain Yearly Meeting's support for it.

    Quaker Life Network Chaplaincy Cluster

    Staff support for this cluster is provided by our Quaker Chaplains Support Officer. To join the Quaker Life Network by going to the Quaker Life Network page or contact:

    Network Development Officer
    020 7663 1007.

    The cluster's webpages host an online forum for Quaker chaplains. This provides a space for chaplains to share information, concerns and ideas. Its purpose is to strengthen links and support between Quaker chaplains, who often work in isolation.

    Prison Chaplaincy

    The historic Quaker concern for prisons continues today through the contribution of Quakers working within prison chaplaincy teams.

    The Quaker Prison Chaplains Committee (QPCC) is active within the context of overall Quaker Life work in support of Quaker chaplaincy. The committee provides training, networking and support for QPCs.


    A Quaker prison chaplains handbook with Guidelines for Quaker prison chaplains and area meetings


    Training and events

    Training for chaplains

    Training for chaplains from all disciplines is provided by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in partnership with the Quaker Prison Chaplains' Committee. Events include:

    This training is open to all Quaker prison chaplains and to Quaker chaplains working in other secure environments, i.e. secure hospitals, detention centres, immigration removal centres etc. It is suitable for both new and more experienced chaplains, regardless of how much time they spend on chaplaincy work. It will cover the Quaker basis for prison ministry, finding and developing your ministry, practical issues, building trusting relationships and training and support for your ministry.

    For more information and bookings, please contact or phone 0121 472 5171.

    Quaker Prison Chaplains Annual Conference

    This is an annual opportunity for Quaker prison chaplains to meet, share and learn from each other. The conference is open to newly appointed chaplains as well as those who have been in the role for many years. Attendees can expect sharing, networking, workshops and worship. It is held annually at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and usually takes place over a weekend.

    To find out more, contact our Quaker Chaplains Support Officer.

    Chaplaincy weekend

    This is a chance for Quaker chaplains working in diverse settings from around the country to come together for a positive and worshipful shared learning experience. The weekend takes place every two years (odd-numbered years), usually in the spring, at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.

    This weekend retreat will provide the opportunity for Quaker chaplains working in any setting (prison, education, hospital or others) to reflect, relax and reconnect with our spiritual foundation. We will use a mix of creative listening, the labyrinth, journalling and a range of spiritual practices to provide opportunities to recharge our batteries and remind ourselves why we do this important work. This weekend is not a training event and may not be suitable for people with no chaplaincy experience.

    To find out more, contact our Chaplains Support Officer.

    Header image © Mike Pinches 2012

    Contact us

    Marleen Schepers
    Chaplains Support Officer
    020 7663 1143