The groups below show some of the many interests and concerns that Quakers pursue as part of their wider commitment to their faith.* Most groups meet up and organise activities - it's a great way to meet Quakers and make new contacts. Activities are usually open to non-Quakers. Do please contact a group if you are interested to know more about it.

Groups

China Interest Group provides the opportunity to share information and experiences of China among Quakers and others. They also consider small grants to those in association with Quakers who are involved in education in China and with Chinese people.




Registered charity number: 1079096


A residential centre for healing, rest and renewal offering courses and group or individual retreats.


Email address: welcome@claridgehousequaker.org.uk

Website: http://www.claridgehousequaker.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1167155


Works with the Quakers in Britain to facilitate the acceptance of Experiment with Light as a core Quaker spiritual practice. Supports, co-ordinates and develops the teaching and practice of Experiment with Light within Britain Yearly Meeting and beyond.


Email address: experimentwithlight@gmail.com

Website: http://www.experiment-with-light.org.uk


Supports the advancement of community development for communities in Uganda.


Email address: clerk@fcdtu.org.uk

Website: http://www.fcdtu.org.uk


Seeks to uphold the healing ministry and promote healing. Friends Fellowship of Healing groups meet to offer distant healing, which simply means entering into the Light oneself and therein consciously holding others in the Light.


Email address: friendshealing@gmail.com

Website: http://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 education, training and peacebuilding, primarily in southern Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.


Website: http://www.friendsofhlekweni.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1126598


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).


Website: http://www.friendshousemoscow.org

Registered charity number: 1055965


Organises two residential Quaker events every year in August: Junior Gathering (formerly Summer School, ages 11-14) and Friends Southern Senior Conference (15-18). These events advocate the Quaker testimonies and are significant in the lives of those who attend, building confidence, knowledge and supportive friendships which can last a lifetime.


Email address: info@fsse.org.uk

Website: http://www.fsse.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1155420


Provides support to Quaker members and attenders who have Jewish connections, as they discern how they can best help Quaker-Jewish dialogue.



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


Email address: info@glebehouse.org.uk

Website: http://www.ftctrust.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1124673

Company number: 652659


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.


Website: http://www.livingwitness.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1119938


Aims to keep Quakers across London in touch with one another and to give them a voice in addressing the wider world by organising events and maintaining contacts.


Email address: ClerkLondonQuakers@gmail.com

Website: http://www.londonquakers.org.uk


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.


Website: http://www.nontheist-quakers.org.uk


Solidarity with Quaker-inspired peace activism in post-Yugoslav countries. It aims to foster mutual relationships of trust and co-operation with locally-based peacebuilding groups in the post-Yugoslav region and to nurture interest in this issue amongst Friends and others.


Website: http://www.postyugoslavpeacelink.com


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.


Website: http://www.qaad.org

Registered charity number: 1059310

Company number: 3265669


Facilitates networking with Quakers in Africa and between those interested in or involved in Quaker work in Africa. Members share their initiatives and experiences and discuss cross-cutting issues, which enables them to keep abreast of current work in the region and learn from each other in order to become more effective in their own work.


Email address: qaig.uk@gmail.com

Website: http://quakerafricainterest.org.uk


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.

Website: http://www.qarn.org.uk


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.


Website: http://www.q-cat.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1093757


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.


Website: http://www.quaker-animals.co.uk


Website: http://www.qcop.org.uk


Works to relieve poverty and to improve physical and mental health and education amongst the people in the Great Lakes region of Africa, in particular those in the area of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Projects include: support to Community Hospital Abeka; access to clean running water; working for peace; providing psychosocial support; microfinance with women.


Email address: quakercongo@gmail.com

Website: http://www.quakercongo.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1159781


This group aims to make Quakers in Britain an inclusive community. We should all be able to serve and join in equally. Impairments and disabilities should not stop anyone.


Website: http://www.quakerdisabilitygroup.org.uk


Exists to present Quakers to Esperantists and Esperanto to Quakers.



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.


Website: http://www.quakerfellowshipforafterlifestudies.co.uk


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.


Website: http://www.brad.ac.uk/peace/qpst

Registered charity number: 529095


Maintains the memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire that commemorates the wartime service of members of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service. Also educates the public about the work of Friends, particularly (but not exclusively) about conflict resolution, reconciliation and peacebuilding in the aftermath of war.


Email address: qsmtrust@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://www.qsmt.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1142335


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.


Website: http://www.qsaig.co.uk


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.


Website: http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk

Registered charity number: 1035077

Company number: 2901085


The Quaker Universalist Group (QUG) is a Quaker Recognised Body that is 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 and activities include a website (http://qug.org.uk/), a journal for members called Universalist, books, pamphlets (many of which are now online), an annual conference, a newsletter and communication via our website and Facebook.


Website: http://www.qug.org.uk


Provision of working retreats and volunteering to put faith into action.


Website: http://www.qva.org.uk


Promoting Quaker values in business and the workplace.


Website: http://www.qandb.org


Providing audio recordings of The Friend and other Quaker journals and books for people with visual impairment, or others with disabilities that prevent reading.


Website: http://www.talkingfriends.org.uk

Registered charity number: 299656


A Members Club with a strong Quaker ethos located just off Russell Square in London, open to non-members for B&B. Its purpose is to provide premises for the enjoyment of members and guests, and to foster a spirit of fellowship in accordance with its Quaker values.


Email address: office@pennclub.co.uk

Website: http://www.pennclub.co.uk

Company number: 3115589


A not-for-profit provider of specialist mental health services, which works closely with the NHS to provide services for people with complex and challenging needs in an open, calming environment designed to enable recovery and independence.


Email address: info@theretreatyork.org.uk

Website: http://www.theretreatyork.org.uk

Registered charity number: 1089826


Provides grants to beneficiaries (Quakers, attenders or those closely associated with Quakers) who cannot afford the fees to access care at The Retreat York or other psychiatric hospitals in the UK. Also assists in the provision of hospital treatment or home nursing in the home of any Friend, wherever they are living, either for mental or physical illness. Funds projects which advance good mental health and/ or the application and understanding of effective mental health practice.




Email address: benfund@theretreatyork.org.uk

Website: http://www.theretreatyork.org.uk/benevolent-fund-provider-of-healthcare-grants.html

Registered charity number: 1115135