Outreach is about helping people to find us and, when they do, to offer them welcome, encouragement and friendship.

Outreach can involve holding events and activities, putting up posters and being more visible. It can also involve working as meetings to deepen and enrich our life together so that we can be a place where seekers might find a spiritual home.

The outreach team in Quaker Life support Friends and meetings around the country in connecting with their wider communities, sharing their Quaker faith with others and strengthening our life as living communities of faithful people.

Get involved

    Resource

    Outreach handbook: reaching in, reaching out

    A collection of ideas, stories, insights and experience of things that have worked for Friends and meetings as they have sought ways to do outreach and also become outreaching communities

    Quaker Week Success

    2016 theme: Inspired by Faith to build a better world | 1-9 October 2016.

    Every autumn, we hold Quaker Week, a national event in which we encourage meetings to think about outreach and perhaps to organise an outreach event. Whilst many meetings do outreach all year round, Quaker Week offers a time to focus on all the things we do that enable people to discover more about Quakers and the Quaker way. This work is support by a central campaign which this year included social media posts and print plus online adverts. Quaker Week 2016 received significant interest with a substantial increase information packs sent out, website traffic and facebook likes. Friends can view the data bellow:


    You can see examples of Quaker Week events and activity by going to #QuakerWeek16 & #QuakerWeek. Thank you everyone involved! If you have feedback please fill in our Quaker Week survey.

    Download Quaker Week 16 posters here:
    A4 Quaker Week 2016 Posters
    A5 Quaker Week 2016 Posters


    Resource or study packs

    Becoming Friends

    Becoming Friends: Living and Learning with Quakers is an innovative learning project from Woodbrooke and Quaker Life which aims to nurture and support those who are new to Friends. It helps newcomers develop an understanding of Quakerism, while exploring their own journey. It uses flexible learning materials, on-line discussion groups and support from a network of 'companions' in local meetings.

    The Becoming Friends course is now available online and in paper format. You can find out more online by visiting Becoming Friends on the Woodbrooke website.

    Meetings can get ready to support newcomers by using the Becoming Friends materials. You might also enquire about sending Friends on a Becoming Friends companion course.

    New expressions of Quakerism

    For meetings interested in being a more creative community; who are open to exploring new ways of being a Quaker community [PDF]; and who are seeking radical or fresh ways of engaging with local communities outside their meeting house door.

    The paper version is being offered to meetings free while stocks last. Contact the Quaker Centre Bookshop, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1030.


    Sharing meeting stories

    Sharing meeting stories is a piece of work that Quaker Life carried out in 2013. Quaker Life Network members were asked to visit meetings and have conversations with Friends to help understand the story of the meeting.

    The findings of the project have been published as the Sharing Meeting Stories [PDF] booklet and form part of what led to the Being Friends Together project in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.


    A day with Friends

    This resource is for Quaker meetings interested in running events for enquirers and new attenders. It offers a simple framework for what the day might include, ideas for sessions and guidance on how to use the space you have.

    A day with Friends [PDF] will help meetings run open and creative enquirers' events where everyone can share their stories and insights and explore the riches of the Quaker way together.

    The resource is packed with ideas and inspiration and is available (free while stocks last) from the Quaker Centre Bookshop, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1030.

    Exhibition Materials

    There are two different exhibitions for hire. Three identical sets based on the concertina leaflet 'Quakers', these are a full set of 18 square panels on foam board, 30 cm2, available to buy for £100 or hire for £22 (plus return postage). There is also a set of 22 picture panels based on quotes from Quaker Faith and Practice which are approximately 47cm by 32cm landscape and portrait and can be hired for £22 (plus return postage).

    Order early for Quaker Week - limited stock. To hire contact the Quaker Centre Bookshop, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1030.


    Children's outreach materials

    Quaker meeting and me

    A guide for children to Quaker meeting for worship.

    This booklet is intended to help children find a way into Quaker meeting for worship. Images from a garden are to illustrate different aspects of what is happening in meeting for worship.

    It can be used as a starting point for conversation between children and adults, and also as a focus to help children settle and centre during meeting for worship.

    Available from the Quaker Centre Bookshop, quakercentre@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1030.

    Events for enquirers

    Finding out about Quakers: a weekend for newcomers

    These weekend events are for people who know little or nothing about Quakers, and for those who have been around Quakers a while and want to explore further. Come and discover more about core Quaker beliefs, experience Quaker worship and hear from Quakers how they live their lives.

    Experienced facilitators from the Quaker Quest team guide these events. They will encourage you to reflect, ask questions and share your thoughts with others.

    The next event takes place at Charney Manor in the Feburary 2016. Find out more on the events for newcomers booking and information webpage.

    Contact us

    Outreach Development Officer
    020 7663 1017
    outreach@quaker.org.uk