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

  • Children and Young People's 2018 Event Teams

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Various throughout Britain
    Closing date:
    31 December 2017
    Interview
    Telephone interviews will be arranged with new volunteers

    Would you like to offer service to be a volunteer on a Quaker children and young people's event team in 2018?

    A variety of national Quaker events for children and young people are being planned to take place in 2018. They can't happen without the support of volunteers. The events make a real difference to those who participate as well as contributing to our church as a whole. Volunteers who are part of an event team find the experience challenging, rewarding and enjoyable.

    The events being planned for 2018 are set out within the summary of events (PDF). Detailed information for volunteer team members on the different events can be found in the role outlines booklet. All travel and accommodation expenses for volunteers serving on events are met.

    Offers of service are made by submitting an offer service form (offsite link). Offers are requested by 31 December 2017. In January 2018 the offers received will be considered and teams will be put together. It is possible that not every offer of service will be taken up. Invitations to join event teams will be sent out before the end of January. Please keep the dates you have offered free until this time, if you have not heard by then, you should assume that your offer of service is not being taken up.

    If you would like to receive a paper copy of the summary of events, the volunteer team role outlines for the different events or the offer of service form, please contact cypadmin@quaker.org.uk 020 7663 1013.

  • Friend in Residence - Claridge House

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Claridge House
    Closing date:
    Ongoing
    Interview
    TBC

    Role Description, Friend in Residence, Claridge House

    The objective of having a Friend in Residence at Claridge House is to help maintain the Quaker ambience of the house, to uphold the Core Purpose, to assist with leading Quiet Times, to help with welcoming guests and to help the management team with overnight cover and some helpful jobs around the house.

    Tasks for the Friend in Residence (FiR) include:

     Offering no more than five hours work per day over five days to include weekend work

     Undertaking four overnight duties per week, to include opening and closing the curtains in the public rooms in the mornings and evenings and locking up the building at night

     Welcoming guests, course participants, retreatants or bed and breakfast customers and ensuring they are comfortable in their rooms (check in B&B may require taking payments). Collecting guests from/to the station when necessary.

     Engaging guests in conversation if that is what they wish

     Serving morning coffee or afternoon tea as required. Clear up after refreshments.

     Working with the team to ensure public areas, including the library, are kept tidy at all times

     Leading the Quiet Times twice a day when on duty, and before meal grace once or twice a day. Showing other members of staff how to do this in your absence

     Taking care of the plants and flowers in the house and perhaps the pot plants near the building

     Occasional other light duties as may be agreed with the managers.

     Keeping bedroom welcome packs up to date

     maintaining and updating the information folders in the front lounge and other resources for guests on retreat

    Volunteer attributes

    We hope and expect that volunteers should be reasonably fit in order to move around the house.

    Car drivers with clean licence.

    We hope to be able to incorporate any special gifts that an individual volunteer brings to the house within the duties and time available when they are on shift.

    Claridge House offer

    In return for the gift of time and work given to us by a volunteer we offer free board and lodging during the time they are at the house, including on days off if required.

    Application Form
  • 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