The Quaker Life Network works to nurture the connection, between Quakers, meetings and Quaker Life.

The Quaker Life Network provides opportunities for short term service, shared learning, facilitation and events to support the life and fabric of Quaker communities and spiritual life of Britain Yearly Meeting. The network links into the work of Quaker Life Rep Council to amplify the learning and experience of QL rep council supporting reps to foster positive change within Quaker communities. The network also includes a number of groups called clusters that support role holders or work on specific issues such as mental health or outreach.

Find out more about the network

    About the network

    It creates opportunities for Quakers to volunteer service by expressing interest in tasks that are shared through a regular emails. Our facilitation, conflict and mental health clusters are groups of trained Quakers who can be sent to meetings to support them with work through challenges and opportunities facing them. We need Friends with enthusiasm, skills and experience and who are willing to receive training for particular roles. There is no minimum time requirement.

    To find out more or join one of these clusters email qlnetwork@quaker.org.uk. For some opportunities we ask that Friends offer some detailed information about them-self. This can be done online by visiting:

    Please tick the 'Quaker Life Network' box when completing the form

    Completing this form can also open up other opportunities for Quaker service such as working on a committee or other longer term service.

    Being a network facilitator

    We have opened up our general facilitation cluster to anyone interested. If you want to work with meetings on a one off basis to help them work through challenges and explore opportunities apply here:

    Who can join the Network?

    The Quaker Life Network is open to all Quakers and Quaker allies., you don't have to be in membership to join. You can subscribe here to receive our email which includes requests, resources, webinars and other content. The email is themed and we aim to send one out at least every few months. You can use the contact form at the bottom of this page to ask for more information.

    To find out more about the network view our archive of recent emails (offsite link).

    Quaker Life in meetings

    Being Friends Together

    Being Friends Together is a library of online activities, ideas and resources brought to you by Quaker Life and Woodbrooke.

    You might contact Quaker Life to request a Being Friends Together meeting visit. Visits are intended to be a way to support meetings through the planning and discernment process. Visitors will work alongside a small planning team to enable participation by the whole meeting.

    Find out more and ask about a visit by using our online Being Friends Together meeting visit request form.

    Make a request to the Quaker Life Network

    Meetings can request support from the Quaker Life Network. We can put you in touch with Friends that can help with many things such as speaker events, workshops and support when you meeting having hard times.

    Use our online form to make a request to the Quaker Life Network.

    Network clusters

    Clusters are groups of network members that are brought together by a common interest. Clusters grow because there is a wealth of knowledge and willingness to serve in an area that Quaker Life Central Committee has discerned to be important enough to 'own' and incorporate into Quaker Life's work.

    There is not a set way that each cluster will function. This is intentional so as not to artificially constrain their activities. Each cluster has some input from a member of staff. Most of what they do is initiated by the Friends who form them or in response to a need that Quaker Life Central Committee has identified.

    Current topic based clusters include: outreach, facilitation, conflict, end of life, mental health, Godly Play and social media as well as our range of groups for role holders such as the Librarians cluster.

    Clusters you might want to join:

    Sign up to the Outreach Cluster: News, stories and tips for Quaker Outreach

    Sign up to the Godly Play: Resources, news and events for those working with children.

    Sign up to receive news from the Mental Health Cluster: The latest news from Friends working to support meetings around Mental Health.

    Apply join to the Facilitation Cluster: A group of Friends who offer responsive faciliation on a range of issues.

    For information about other clusters email qlnetwork@quaker.org.uk

    Header image © Jean Lyon 2014

    Contact us

    Jonathan Martin
    Ministry & Outreach Officer
    020 7663 1059
    jonm@quaker.org.uk