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 click here to download an external form.

    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

    Building relationships in Children's meeting - nurture and discipline

    Venue: Lancaster Meeting House

    Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019

    Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm

    Further information can be found here.

    To book onto this event please fill in the online form.

    Building relationships in Children's meeting - nurture and discipline

    Venue: Redland Meeting LM Bristol

    Date: Saturday, 12 October 2019

    Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm

    Further information can be found here.

    To book onto this event please fill in the online form.

    Working with small numbers across a wide age range

    Venue: Leicester Meeting House

    Date: Saturday, 19 October 2019

    Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm

    Further information can be found here.

    To book onto this event please fill in the online form.

    Conferences

    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.

    Quaker Youth Work Conference November 2018 at Woodbrooke in Birmingham

    This was for those involved in running events with young Quakers aged 11+. The conference provided a networking opportunity for anyone working with young Quakers, including; summer event organisers, committee members, adult volunteers and people working with young Friends in Meetings. The day explored gender diversity at Quaker youth events.

    Area Meeting Children and Young People's Work Advocates Conference

    The Area Meeting Children and Young People's Work Advocates Conference took place at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre from 9-11 November 2018. This conference takes place every three years and is a chance for advocates to come together, learn about the role and explore the common issues affecting the advocacy of Quaker children and young people's work.

    Contact us

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