About the Network
It creates opportunities for Quakers to volunteer service by expressing interest in tasks that are shared through a regular email. Network clusters are flexible offering connection, peer support or the opportunity for meetings to ask for people to work alongside to develop and grow or support with challenges. We need Friends with enthusiasm, skills and experience and who are willing to receive training for particular roles. There is no minimum time requirement.
To find out more about clusters visit, https://groups.quaker.org.uk/groups/qln/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For some opportunities we ask that Friends offer some detailed information about them-self. This can be done online by visiting:
Please tick the 'Quaker Life Network' box when completing the form
Completing this form can also open up other opportunities for Quaker service such as working on a committee or other longer term service.
Being a Network facilitator
We have opened a Facilitation Cluster to anyone interested. If you want to work with meetings on a one off basis to help them work through challenges and explore opportunities apply here:
Who can join the Network?
The Quaker Life Network is open to all Quakers and Quaker allies. You don't have to be in membership to join. You can subscribe here to receive our email which includes requests, resources, webinars and other content. The email is themed and we aim to send one out at least every few months. You can use the contact form at the bottom of this page to ask for more information.
To find out more about the network view our archive of recent emails (offsite link).
Upcoming Quaker Life Network webinars
The network runs webinars in the form on online zoom discussions for Friends to explore topics. These allow Quakers from all over the country to connect together online. Webinars are approximately every other week and the themes are linked to Quaker Life Representative Council. The best way to learn about webinars is to subscribe to receive our email but upcoming webinar are also list below.
QLN Webinar: Room for More
Monday 24 September 19:30-21:00
How do you talk to new people who visit your meeting? With Quaker Week starting at the weekend Gill Sewell leads an exploration of welcoming newcomers to meetings. How might you tell the Quaker story – how might you share your own experience? As well as being welcoming to all those who cross the threshold of the meeting house, let's explore how might you support a second visit too!
Facilitator: Gill Sewell, Ministry & Outreach Officer
Sign up to the Room for More webinar here
QLN Webinar: All are welcome
Wednesday 10 October 19:30-21:00
As we seek to build Quaker communities that are loving, inclusive and all-age, we explore how we can welcome, nurture and encourage children, parents and carers who worship with us. What spaces and opportunities might we create to help them feel nourished, valued and heard and to help deepen and strengthen their living as Quakers. We will look at the new All Are Welcome resource and reflect on some of the queries, challenges and opportunities it offers. We hope that Friends of all ages will join us to share their experiences, hopes and stories.
Facilitator: Alistair Fuller, Head of Ministry & Outreach / Oliver Waterhouse, Assistant Head of Minsitry & Outreach
Sign up to the all are welcome webinar here
Quaker Life in meetings
Being Friends Together
Being Friends Together is a library of online activities, ideas and resources brought to you by Quaker Life and Woodbrooke.
You might contact Quaker Life to request a Being Friends Together meeting visit. Visits are intended to be a way to support meetings through the planning and discernment process. Visitors will work alongside a small planning team to enable participation by the whole meeting.
Find out more and ask about a visit by using our online Being Friends Together meeting visit request form.
Make a request to the Quaker Life Network
Meetings can request support from the Quaker Life Network. We can put you in touch with Friends that can help with many things such as speaker events, workshops and support when you meeting having hard times.
Clusters are groups of network members that are brought together by a common interest. Clusters grow because there is a wealth of knowledge and willingness to serve in an area that Quaker Life Central Committee has discerned to be important enough to 'own' and incorporate into Quaker Life's work.
There is not a set way that each cluster will function. This is intentional so as not to artificially constrain their activities. Each cluster has some input from a member of staff. Most of what they do is initiated by the Friends who form them or in response to a need that Quaker Life Central Committee has identified.
Current topic based clusters include: outreach, facilitation, conflict, end of life, mental health, Godly Play and social media as well as our range of groups for role holders such as the Librarians cluster.
Clusters you might want to join:
Sign up to the Outreach Cluster: News, stories and tips for Quaker Outreach
Sign up to the Godly Play: Resources, news and events for those working with children.
Sign up to receive news from the Mental Health Cluster: The latest news from Friends working to support meetings around Mental Health.
Apply join to the Facilitation Cluster: A group of Friends who offer responsive faciliation on a range of issues.
Sign up to the Safeguarding cluster: Important information, advice and discussion around safeguarding.
Sign up to the Peace Education cluster: tips and resources for Quaker peace educators
Join the Property Advice eGroup: Friends involved in looking after Meeting Houses and other property.
For information about other clusters email email@example.com
Header image © Jean Lyon 2014