There are many Quaker groups, arising from their members' Quaker faith. Groups help Friends to share common interests and explore and develop conviction and witness. Friends' passion and commitment to particular areas of interest can strengthen and deepen the life of the Society and breathe energy into more formal structures.
A ministry offering weekends, retreats and other events, mostly at Woodbrooke, combining head and heart learning with simple arts-based response activities and worship sharing, rather than discussion.
For fundraising amongst Friends in Britain and Ireland.
Registered charity number: 224571
To provide an opportunity to share information and experience. Small grants considered to those in association with Quakers who are involved in education in China and with Chinese people.
Registered charity number: 1079096
A fund supported by Mid-Somerset Area Meeting since 1992 to support Dabane Water Workshops in Zimbabwe, who assist rural communities to achieve a clean and sustainable water supply mostly in semi-arid north and south Matabeleland. Recently the Dabane Support Fund is largely operating as an emergency fund for the Dabane Trust during the present very challenging times.
The Friends Fellowship of Healing (FFH) is one of the longest established special interest groups in the Society of Friends. Along with its closely associated group Quaker Spiritual Healers (QSH), it seeks to uphold the healing ministry and promote healing, both distant and one-to-one. FFH groups meet to offer distant healing, which simply means entering into the Light oneself and therein consciously holding others in the Light. QSH members are fully trained, accredited and insured spiritual healers who offer one-to-one healing on request; FFH and QSH offer training to this end. For further information please see www.quaker-healing.org.uk.
Registered charity number: 284459
Founded in 1903, the Friends Historical Society aims to promote the study of Quaker history and to further the religious beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends. Holds meetings, publishes research findings and publishes the Journal of the Friends Historical Society.
Supports the work of Friends House Moscow, a charity for Quaker work and outreach in Russia. Runs a website: www.friendshousemoscow.org. Welcomes all Friends interested in Russia. Friends House Moscow supports Quakers and seekers locally, translates and publishes Quaker books in Russian, maintains a Russian-language website for outreach, and works with local partners on projects in line with Quaker testimonies (for example, Alternatives to Violence Project work with civilians, soldiers and prisoners, supporting conscientious objectors and helping children in need).
Registered charity number: 1055965
A charitable trust telling the history and current activities of the peace movement through the provision of educational facilities and creation of a Museum for Peace. The Trust is the Quaker contact for 'The Peace Museum' charitable company.
Registered charity number: 327038
Homestore is a project of Quaker Social Action which provides low-cost furniture and affordable white goods to people on a low income. Homestore also provides a free collection service for good quality donated furniture. Homestore works across east London and covers the London Boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Islington, and Barking & Dagenham.
Registered charity number: 1069157
Company number: 3524063
Leap Confronting Conflict is the leading national charity working with young people and conflict. Working in schools, with gangs, on estates across the country, all Leap's programmes help young people identify the causes and consequences of conflict, recognise alternatives in their lives, and take responsibility for their choices. Many go on to volunteer in their schools and communities, helping to prevent everyday conflict escalating into violence or creating a climate of fear.
Quakers working for sustainability. Living Witness supports Friends in developing our sustainability witness. Our range of resources include our regular newsletter earthQuaker, policy briefings and guides for study groups and for personal and collective action. We hold regular national gatherings and summer schools. We offer advice, talks and facilitated events for Quaker meetings. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.
Registered charity number: 1119938
Funds development projects in Madagascar supporting poverty-stricken rural communities and vulnerable groups in urban areas. Started in 1986 as a concern of Swansea Friends, now an independent charity with three Friends on the present governing body.
Registered charity number: 1001420
The New Foundation has fellowship in the work of proclaiming that “Christ has come to teach his people himself”. To this end we publish material, organise meetings, encourage travelling ministry and offer speakers on the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers and its continuing relevance for our day.
The aim of the Nontheist Friends Network is to provide a forum and supportive framework for Friends who regard religion as a human creation. We seek to explore theological and spiritual diversity and their practical implications in respectful acceptance of different views, experiences and journeys. Membership is open to all who sympathise with these aims and who pay the annual membership fee. To join, please contact our Membership Secretary. We share a radical questioning approach to contemporary religion. Our newsletter is sent by email or by post to members, and by email to other people who wish to receive it. We hold an annual weekend residential conference at Woodbrooke in the spring and aim to hold other regional and local events. Our website contains articles and notices about current issues and forthcoming events. It also contains information on further reading that may be helpful for people who wish to understand our approach more fully. We produce occasional papers by members on issues that they wish to share with a wider audience. We have contacts with Friends in the United States, Australia and some European countries. We also have contacts with networks with whom our approach is compatible, both in denominational and inter-denominational networks.
Northfield Ecocentre is helping to build sustainable communities by supporting individuals, families, community groups and businesses in the local and wider Birmingham region, and Quakers in our area meeting. Northfield Ecocentre provides a friendly place where people can meet and learn from each other about all aspects of sustainable living. We offer free, impartial advice, information and encouragement on all things green. We also run clubs, groups and workshops, and hold events that are fun and help people make sustainable choices. See the website for up-to-date information and programme of events.
Registered charity number: 224571
Solidarity with Quaker-inspired peace activism in post-Yugoslav countries. Our aim is to foster mutual relationships of trust and co-operation with locally based peace-building groups in the post-Yugoslav region and nurture interest amongst Friends and others. Approximately three meetings per year, open to all interested in post-Yugoslav countries. Newsletter of peace developments in the region sent to members.
QAAD works within Quaker principles to address the widespread use and misuse of all substances, legal, illegal and prescribed – and gambling. We offer advice and information to individual Friends and to elders and overseers. QAAD fosters links between Friends who share our concern through our biennial Woodbrooke conference and meetings of the group QAADNET. QAAD publishes the quarterly magazine QAADRANT, and we are always glad to provide speakers for meetings on request. We also work responsively with young Friends to develop sessions for any kind of gathering. Externally, QAAD contributes to government reviews and liaises with other faith groups to advance policies that reduce harm.
Registered charity number: 1059310
Company number: 3265669
The Africa Interest Group (QAIG) is open to all Friends interested in any African country or countries and meets once a year in London or Birmingham. In addition, QAIG usually has a presence at Yearly Meeting/Gathering. A newsletter is issued about once a year.
To develop a community of Friends interested in the arts, to encourage and support the use of arts for Quaker outreach and spiritual growth; and to explore the expression of Quakerism through the arts. We aim to provide a forum for Quakers to share insights about how the creative arts feeds into their spiritual well being, and to celebrate, publicise and document the diverse work of Quaker artists.
The aims of QARN are:
- to work to change the way refugees and asylum-seekers (whether recognised under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees or not) are treated, to ensure that justice and compassion are the guiding principles
- to support each other as Friends acting under concern
- to keep Friends in our meetings up to date with developments
- to work to convince British Quakers that a principled critique of current asylum policy should be part of our corporate Quaker witness, in keeping with our testimony to equality
- to guide Britain Yearly Meeting, now that Meeting for Sufferings has accepted that asylum is a concern, to help them to work effectively for justice and compassion in our asylum and immigration system.
Quaker Bolivia Link UK funds small community-initiated projects aimed at improving the quality of life of impoverished, rural indigenous Aymara people on the Altiplano in Bolivia, through community empowerment and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods. Work on the ground is managed and supervised by our Bolivian Quaker sister organisation Fundacion QBL with a local Quaker board and development workers. We rely on donations from local meetings, individual Friends and Quaker trusts to sustain our work in one of the poorest areas of South America.
Registered charity number: 1055192
Quaker Campers meet for a week each year at varying locations around Britain, welcoming all ages and providing a community atmosphere. Catering is individual but Quaker Campers normally hire a large field with room for communal activities such as the short daily meeting for worship.
Our purpose is to face realistically and explore today's concerns around the end of life and dying: spiritual, emotional, social, medical and legal. Gatherings twice yearly at Woodbrooke; group contact maintained in between.
An active group aiming to add a Quakerly voice to the animal advocacy movement. We also support with donations many animal welfare organisations both here and abroad. We work with Friends overseas and very much value our ecumenical and interfaith links.
The concern was adopted at Yearly Meeting in 1975 and by Friends World Committee for Consultation the following year. Since 2001 Bristol, North Wales and Wirral & Chester area meetings have been authorised to carry forward the concern on behalf of Britain Yearly Meeting.
Registered charity number: 1093757
The purpose of the group is to work for the full inclusion of disabled people in the life of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain.
Exists to present Quakers to Esperantists and Esperanto to Quakers.
Founded in 1993, QFHS exists to encourage and assist anyone interested in tracing the history of Quaker families in the British Isles. The society holds three meetings a year, two in different parts of the country and one in central London, which includes the AGM. It also publishes a magazine, Quaker Connections, three times a year and offers an annual small research award. Individual UK membership, open to all, costs £12 p.a.
Registered charity number: 1100843
The fellowship aims to provide a forum for discussion on issues such as survival of consciousness and continuing spiritual development beyond physical death, personal spiritual communication, higher worlds, near-death experiences, etc.
The Quaker Gardens Project exists to raise awareness of our gardens, green and spiritual spaces and to assist meetings with their care, maintenance and future development.
Quaker Homeless Action is a national registered charity run by a volunteer council of trustees, using Quaker business method. QHA employs a part-time director, who is in membership, and also a part-time administrator. The charity is one example of Quaker 'hands-on' practical help in Britain today. The main objective of QHA is to alleviate the poverty and distress of homeless people in the UK. QHA is a small and flexible organisation that focuses on projects that are not funded by other organisations. Our current projects are the Quaker Christmas Shelter, the Quaker Mobile Library, the Befriending Teams Pilot Project, and the QHA Guide to Greeting the Homeless at Your Meeting House Door.
Registered charity number: 1041921
Company number: 2978545
Two annual gatherings. Newsletter sent to members and supporting groups three times a year. Local groups in some areas.
Quaker Peace Studies Trust works towards a truly peaceful world in accordance with our Quaker peace testimony, through support of the study of peace and conflict resolution at the University of Bradford.
Registered charity number: 529095
Quaker Quest Network aims to support and encourage Friends by: facilitating afternoon or all-day preparatory workshops for local meetings publishing guidelines, booklets, posters and articles to help local Quests.
Quaker Social Action (QSA) is an award-winning independent Quaker charity, founded in 1867, delivering anti-poverty services across east London. These services evolve and change over time, but the ethos behind all the projects is to be practical, creative and focused on real need. Work includes: furniture re-use, financial literacy, support for families and individuals, help for people on low incomes to pay for and plan funerals and now a campaign focused on improving the experience of people in funeral poverty. QSA has some national reach, with several projects sharing their work nationally. This year QSA has established its first project outside London taking its financial literacy work to Bournemouth for an 18 month period. Every year QSA's projects reach around 1,000 households on low incomes in east London and train a further 60 organisations to use their financial literacy model to support people living in other deprived areas across the UK.
Registered charity number: 1069157
Company number: 3524063
We meet frequently to examine, discuss and learn from each other how the tools of political conviction and action may best be used to aid the implementation of our deepest beliefs.
We are a network, mainly of Quakers, with personal or professional links to people or projects in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and neighbouring states. We are also interested in working with and learning from people from these countries who now reside in the UK. We meet annually in London, Leeds or Birmingham and have a newsletter at least once a year. If you would like to join the group please contact Stuart Morton.
Exhibition facilities include 77 tapestry panels, personal audio guides and films, interactive displays, children's activities, events, workshops, gift shop, Café, garden, toilets and step-free access to the Exhibition and Café. Opening hours: the Exhibition at Kendal is open from mid-February to mid-December, Monday to Saturday, 10am–5pm. The Meeting House Café is open all year, Monday to Saturday. Both are closed on Sundays. See the website or phone for details of the Travelling Roadshow, up-to-date information and admission charges.
Registered charity number: 1035077
Company number: 2901085
The Quaker Universalist Group is an informal group within the Quaker movement based on our understanding that spiritual awareness is accessible to everyone of any religion or none, and that no one faith can claim to have a final revelation or monopoly of truth. We acknowledge that such awareness may be expressed in many different ways. We delight in this diversity and warmly welcome both Quakers and non-Quakers to join us. Our resources include a website (www.qug.org.uk), a journal for members called Universalist, books, pamphlets (many of which are now online), an annual conference with a tradition of radical themes and innovative presenters, an e-newsletter and communication via Facebook, Twitter etc.
Provision of working retreats and volunteering to put faith into action.
The group exists to create the opportunity for mutual support in a safe and understanding environment. We also seek to increase awareness among Friends of the realities of sexual abuse and its effects on survivors; to suggest appropriate ways for Friends to engage with the subject; to influence child protection policies and related decision making, and to work towards the provision of appropriate support networks and oversight for survivors within local meetings in the earnest hope that our insight may contribute to a future reduction in the sexual abuse of children, within the Society and beyond.
Promoting Quaker values in business and the workplace.
Quakers in Criminal Justice (QICJ) is an informal network for members and attenders in any way involved with the criminal justice system or allied organisations, or who have concerns about the criminal justice system generally. It is not a campaigning organisation, more a forum to explore issues, share concerns and offer support to other members involved in the system, especially those who experience a conflict between their Quaker ethos and the accepted professional mores and attitudes of the agency for which they work. Members come from a wide spectrum of involvements including magistrates, prison and probation staff, legal professionals, Quaker prison chaplains, prison visitors and volunteers from many other related areas. Prisoners/ex-offenders are welcome to join. QICJ operates via a triannual informative newsletter, a data-protected membership list, detailing areas of involvement and interests of each member, and, especially valuable, an annual weekend conference.
Providing audio recordings of The Friend and other Quaker journals and books for people with visual impairment, or others with disabilities that prevent reading.
Registered charity number: 299656
An experimental group working to rekindle the power of Quaker worship by renewing and deepening our spiritual practices. Workshops are held at Friends House, London, as well as on-the-road at local meetings throughout Britain Yearly Meeting and residentially at Woodbrooke. Threshing sessions encourage an engagement with contemporary religious perspectives. Outcomes of the work are published in accessible booklets for personal use and study groups. A project of North West London Area Meeting.
The Leaveners' mission is to inspire and transform lives. We fulfil our mission by delivering eclectic programmes of arts based workshops and events that draw on Quaker values to explore issues relating to human rights, social justice, peace and spirituality. Through participatory drama, music and visual arts activities, we aim to create opportunities for people of any faith and none to discover their potential power to effect change.
Registered charity number: 292499