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MAR 20

2020 QPSW Spring Conference

20 - 22 March 2020, Swanwick

Quaker witness takes many forms – it can be both personal and shared, loud and quiet, lifelong and sporadic, depleting and nourishing. Quaker Peace & Social Witness seeks to support Friends individually in their lives, jointly in their meetings and in Britain Yearly Meeting, to translate our faith into action and to be part of a movement for positive social change.

QPSW present their work to conference delegates

Sharing our stories connects us and deepens our understanding of our witness. We hope to have speakers who will help us do this.

This year our keynote speakers will be Esther Leighton and Sam Donaldson. Esther uses the law to create social change, particularly but not exclusively for disabled people. She'll talk about how her Quakerism drives this work, and where she's had success, failure and learning.

Sam is a community worker and organisational coach, based in Hull. He also writes poetry and has been involved in establishing Roots of Resistance (taking action against the DSEI arms fair), as well as taking action around climate justice

You will also be able to hear about QPSW's work, meet Friends from all over the country and spend time together exploring Quaker faith and witness. QPSW workshops confirmed so far are:

Climate justice: what's our calling?

We'll discuss QPSW's climate justice work and explore what we can do as Friends to support the rapidly-growing climate movement. We'll look beyond our individual choices about our lifestyles, and explore how we can work together to make change locally, nationally and globally.

Learning from peace activists in East Africa

What can we learn from East African peace activists about bringing divided communities together, nonviolent campaigning and movement building? Join Tobias Wellner in exploring Turning the Tide East Africa's nonviolent campaign training programme in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi.

Razor Wire & Olive Branches (EAPPI and Peace Education)

Hear from an Ecumenical Accompanier who will share their experience as a human rights monitor in Palestine & Israel, and try out activities that can be used with children and young people (or even adults!) to explore conflict, peace and justice.

Workshop bookings will open shortly.

Who can attend

All can attend. People are nominated to attend through their area and local Meetings. Meetings have received a copy of our information flyer, sent to all area and local meetings via the regular monthly mailing.

We endeavour to ensure that all our events are accessible and fully inclusive so we would be happy to discuss your needs with you directly. If you would like to talk about the venue or your requirements, please don't hesitate to contact our events team at: Please note that guests cannot attend for one day only.

Practical information

The Hayes Conference Centre is in Swanwick, Derbyshire.

Please check the Hayes website to see their location and directions.

We will run a coach service at a scheduled time from Derby railway station to the centre for a small additional charge of £7 one way. The coach will leave the Hayes for Derby station at 15.30 on Sunday 22 March.

The event will begin on Friday 20 March, with a shared dinner at 18.00.

This is a residential-only event that starts after dinner on Friday, 20:00 and finishes with worship and departures from 15:00 on Sunday. Participants will stay at The Hayes on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Conference fee

The fee for attending the conference is £200, and covers accommodation, food, resources, invited speakers and organisation. Please note that day visitors are not permitted at this event.

Full information is provided with the booking form.

Book your place

Book your place here or using the link above.

More information

For more information contact:

BYM Events

Telephone: 020 7663 1142

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Date & time

Start: 18:00 on 20 March 2020

Finish: 15:00 on 22 March 2020


Hayes Conference Centre
DE55 1AU
United Kingdom

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Register your place (external link)