Children and young people are a vital part of the life of Quaker meetings. The Children and Young People's Work Team in Quaker Life offers training opportunities and conferences to support Quaker meetings in this work.

We do not seek to tell you what to do but hope to enable you to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes, as our work with young Quakers it's not effective without your help.

These opportunities are offered by the Children and Young People's Work Training Team – a part of the Quaker Life Network – supported by the Children and Young People's Work Team in Friends House. They are Friends with experience in children and young people's work; they are also skilled at facilitating groups of adults. They have a desire for Quakerism to be for people of all ages. Usually two members from this team would meet any request made.


Workshops and conferences

    Host a workshop

    Request a workshop for your meeting on one of the following topics:

    For adults:

    • being ready for children and families
    • embracing babies and toddlers in Quaker meetings
    • building relationships with children
    • exploring the spiritual with young people
    • working with small numbers across a wide age range

    For ages over five, all together:

    • making everyone welcome
    • worshipping multi-generationally
    • storytelling (Godly Play and the Quaker Faith & Play)
    • enquiring and reflecting together (using Philosophy 4 Communities)
    • singing with children in a Quaker context

    Bespoke, tailored for your meeting :

    • considering an aspect of all–age community relevant to your Meeting

    All workshops:

    • provide opportunities to come together, learn, reflect, practice and plan
    • require a suitable space and at least six participants (the workshop will be promoted wider than the hosting meeting)
    • will typically run from 10.30–4pm on weekends (but could be a half day)
    • cost £5 per participant (payable on the day).

    Hosting meetings might offer a childcare facility for 0–5s alongside the workshop. Guidance is available for this.

    To find out more about these opportunities check our 'Growing community' leaflet (PDF)'.

    To make a request, please complete the online form (external link).

    Within two weeks of making a request, you will be contacted to confirm the date and to let you know the names of the Friends who will work with you. One of them will be in touch with you to take this forward.

    Upcoming workshops

    There are currently no upcoming workshops to book on.

    If you have any questions please contact CYP administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013.

    Upcoming conferences

    There are currently no upcoming conferences to book on.

    If you have any questions please contact CYP administrator, cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013.

    Past conferences

    Area Meeting Children's and Young People's Work Advocates Day Conference February 2020 in Lancaster

    A group of Advocates for Children & Young People's Work met together in Lancaster and heard good news stories and shared concerns about the role. In the afternoon they heard a report from Luton & Leighton Area Meeting on a listening exercise done to hear the thoughts and views of children & young people on being Quaker, Quaker worship and how being Quaker makes a difference.

    All Are Welcome - Engaging with Quaker Families March 2019 at Friends House, London

    This was a day where people came together to share stories, ideas, hopes and experiences about making our Quaker community welcome to all.

    For further information and to obtain the 'All are welcome' resource contact cypadmin@quaker.org.uk.

    Contact us

    CYP Administrator
    cypadmin@quaker.org.uk
    020 7663 1013