We encourage a new generation of peaceworkers by funding one-year placements in organisations working for peace at a national or international level.

This year's peaceworkers

Philip Wood is placed with with Scientists for Global Responsibility, in Lancaster.

Hannah Larn is placed with the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace in Warrington.

Sarah Robinson is placed with War Resisters' International and Campaign Against Arms Trade in London.

Resource

How the peaceworker scheme works

This resource contains answers to frequently asked questions.

What is the peaceworker scheme?

Each year, we recruit people who want an opportunity to apply their life commitment to peace, and place each of them in a full-time paid position for one year with an organisation in Britain working on an aspect of peace. Go to www.quaker.org.uk/jobs to apply.

Why does it matter?

The peaceworker scheme springs directly from our Quaker testimony to peace and justice and offers a rare and valuable opportunity to support like-minded individuals and organisations. Quakers have a very long experience of peace work and this scheme works with others to "grow" new peaceworkers and strengthen the wider peace movement.

Who benefits from the work?

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One of the many things I love about the scheme is that in supporting and nurturing the individual in their commitment to peace, it helps to foster work for change at national and even international levels – in true Quaker fashion.

- Holly Wallis, 2015-16 Peaceworker

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It can be tough finding meaningful opportunities to put your conviction for peace into practice. We provide rare employment opportunities for people who are passionate about peace, many of whom cite this experience as a life-changing first step into longer term involvement in this work.

At the same time, we boost the capacity of small organisations doing great work by giving them an extra full-time person for a year. This enables them to do work they would not otherwise be able to do. The scheme builds and strengthens relationships between people and organisations throughout the peace movement, helping them to work together effectively on a whole range of peace projects.

Journal letters

Peaceworkers write quarterly journal letters about their placements, providing insight into their personal experiences of working for peace. You can read the most recent journal letters below.

September 2016

May 2016

November 2015

Find out more

Consider becoming a Quaker peaceworker

Applications open in February every year and are advertised on the main Quaker jobs page.

Invite a peaceworker to give a talk at your Meeting

Request a speaker by contacting Helen Bradford: helenb@quaker.org.uk

Listen to the Q:Witness episode about the scheme

Attend the QPSW Spring Conference

Register your place

Contact us

Steve Whiting (general enquiries)
020 7663 1061
stevew@quaker.org.uk

Helen Bradford (speaker requests)
020 7663 1071
helenb@quaker.org.uk