Children and young people are a vital part of the life of Quaker meetings. The Children and Young People's Work team in Quaker Life offer training opportunities and conferences to support Quaker meetings in this work.

Quaker Life offer a variety of opportunities to help Quakers in their work with and oversight of children and young people in Quaker settings. We do not seek to tell you what to do but hope to enable you to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes so that your work with young Quakers is effective.

These opportunities are offered by the Children and Young People's Work Training Team – a part of the Quaker Life Network – supported by the Children and Young People's Work staff in Friends House. They are Friends with experience in children and young people's work; they are also skilled at facilitating groups of adults. They have a desire for Quakerism to be for people of all ages. Usually two members from this team would meet any request made.


Workshops and conferences

    Host a workshop

    Workshops:

    • provide opportunities to come together, learn, reflect, practice and plan
    • require a suitable space and at least six participants (it will be made available wider than the hosting meeting)
    • typically run from 10.30–4pm on weekends (but could be a half day)
    • cost £5 per participant (payable on the day).

    Request an opportunity to come together as a community focussing on one of the following aspects:

    • considering how all can be welcome (this is a half day)
    • thinking about worshipping all together
    • experiencing storytelling (Godly Play and the Quaker Faith and Play)
    • exploring Philosophy 4 Community.

    These opportunities could be for all ages together (apart from Philosophy 4 Community, which is not suitable for the very young).

    Request a workshop for adults on one of a variety of topics relating to children or young people:

    • being ready for children and families
    • babies and toddlers in Quaker meeting
    • building relationships with children
    • working with small numbers across a wide age range
    • exploring the spiritual with young people.

    Hosting meetings might offer a childcare facility alongside the workshop, guidance is available for this.

    To find out more about these opportunities check our 'Growing community' leaflet (PDF).

    To make a request, please complete the online form (external link).

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    Upcoming workshops

    Singing Workshop

    Venue: Friends House, London

    Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020

    Time: 10.00am—4.00pm

    Singing is a wonderful way of bringing your Quaker community together.

    Join Leonora Davies and Elena Browne for a day at Friends House as we explore how to use singing in children's meeting, all age worship and beyond.

    This is an event for all ages. Those under 18 will need to come with an adult who will be responsible for them during the day. The cost is £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s. A packed lunch will be provided.

    To book your place, please complete the online form (external link).

    Bookings close 19 January.

    If you need information please contact CYP Administrator cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013.

    Conferences

    Area Meeting Children and Young People's Work Advocates Day Conference

    Every 18 months Quaker Life holds a conference for advocates for children and young people's work. It is a chance for advocates to become more familiar with their role and create links with other advocates. This next conference is at Lancaster Meeting House, 8 February 2020, 10am—4pm.

    To find out more about this event check the conference leaflet (PDF).

    To book your place, please complete the online form (external link)


    Quaker Youth Work Conference March 2020

    This conference is held every 18 months for all those involved in running events for young Quakers aged 11+. There will be opportunities for networking and trying out activities you might use with young people including using Philosophy for Communities, and exploring issues around peace education, gambling, power and equality and worship.

    To find out more about this event check the conference leaflet (PDF).

    To book your place, please complete the online form (external link)


    See below details of the conferences that we held to support children and young people's work done in Quaker meetings across Britain.

    All Are Welcome - Engaging with Quaker Families March 2019 at Friends House, London

    This was a day where people came together to share stories, ideas, hopes and experiences about making our Quaker community welcome to all.

    For further information and to obtain the 'All are welcome' resource contact cypadmin@quaker.org.uk.

    Contact us

    CYP Administrator
    cypadmin@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1013