Find a range of volunteering opportunities and placements with Quakers in Britain and elsewhere in the world.

  • Quiet Company Directors

    Hours
    See below
    Closing date:
    Friday 28 August 2020
    Interview
    TBA

    Quiet Company - Company Directors

    Quiet Company, the sole trading subsidiary of Britain Yearly Meeting, is seeking two new Company directors to join the board from January 2021 for up to three years.

    The Company operates a conference, events and catering business at Friends House (London) and oversees the running of Swarthmoor Hall (Cumbria), the Friends House bookshop, and facilities on both sites on behalf of BYM, the charity. If you cannot offer service from January 2021, but may be able to at a later date, please still get in touch and indicate expected availability. These are unpaid roles, with expenses reimbursed.

    The Company is currently facing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has greatly affected its ability to trade, so it is looking for Friends with proven experience in strategic, commercial and business leadership and governance.

    You should currently be in membership of the Religious Society of Friends or in the process of joining; have knowledge of Quaker governance; and are likely to be in work and/or have relevant experience in running or being part of a company.

    Key skills and experience being sought include:

    • Strategic business and planning
    • Human resources
    • Marketing, advertising or public relations
    • Retailing or running a small public attraction
    • Event and hospitality management

    You will be seeking experience of being a company director; the business in 2019 had substantial turnover of £4.92m. You will have an interest in developing sustainable and ethical business and supporting peace and social justice causes, including work to expand the work opportunities of ex-offenders. There are opportunities to develop the Company further, but at the current time the board are looking at recovery from COVID-19 and developing new models and ways of working.

    Time commitment: up to five half-day meetings per year (normally held in the afternoons and currently online), plus one full away day per year and one residential midweek meeting every two years at Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria. The board is seeking to diversify its membership further and is taking steps to make its arrangements more inclusive, including meeting face-to-face only twice a year. We actively welcome interest from the BAME community and young Friends.

    If you are interested in being part of a vibrant company and helping it flourish after the pandemic, please email nominations@quaker.org.uk for more information.

    Quiet Company reg. no: 06204129. Britain Yearly Meeting is a registered charity, no. 1127633.

  • Volunteering opportunities at children and young people's events

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Closing date:
    TBC
    Interview
    TBC

    Volunteers are key to Quaker work with children and young people. Find events and offer your help by visiting the children and young people's pages.

  • Quaker Centre volunteers

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Friends House, London
    Closing date:
    Ongoing
    Interview
    TBC

    Would you like to volunteer in the Quaker Centre at Friends House in London?

    We are looking for some active and confident Quakers who could provide a visible presence in the Quaker Centre once a week or once a fortnight between 10am and 4.30pm.

    Volunteers help with shelving in the bookshop, clearing tables in the café during busy hours and supporting meetings for worship. The primary function however, is to be a welcoming Friend able to answer questions about Quakerism, local facilities and other enquiries.

    Volunteers receive reimbursement of reasonable travel costs, tea, coffee and lunch in Friends House. Volunteers also receive a discount on any bookshop purchases.

    To apply please read the role description and contact us for an application form. Please email us at outreach@quaker.org.uk or contact on 020 7663 1017.

    Role description
  • House Tour Guides Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria
    Closing date:
    ongoing
    Interview
    ongoing

    Travel expenses paid

    Swarthmoor Hall is a historic house known as the 'cradle of Quakerism'. The house is open to the public four afternoons a week throughout the year and for group tours at other times by appointment. We are looking for Friends who live within travelling distance of the Hall who are interested in acting as tour guides. We do not necessarily need a regular commitment of hours. We do hope to develop a pool of volunteers who we will train as tour guides for our visitors both adults and children.

    More information at www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk/volunteer

  • Serve on a BYM Committee or Group

    Closing date:
    Various
    Interview
    None

    If you are looking for roles serving on Quaker Committees or Groups, please read our dedicated Give Time pages.

    Working for Britain Yearly Meeting is exciting and inspiring. Friends who offer service find that they can be led to achieve great things. There are a number of different ways that you can take part. BYM work is helped and directed by committees that answer to Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). Quakers from across Britain serve on these committees and groups. Full information is available on our Committees and Groups page.

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