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MAR 20

2020 QPSW Spring Conference

20 - 22 March 2020, Swanwick

Quaker witness takes many forms – it can be both personal and shared, loud and quiet, lifelong and sporadic, depleting and nourishing. Quaker Peace & Social Witness seeks to support Friends individually in their lives, jointly in their meetings and in Britain Yearly Meeting, to translate our faith into action and to be part of a movement for positive social change.

QPSW present their work to conference delegates

Bookings have now closed but, should you wish to attend, we have a waiting list for late reservations. If you would like to be added to this list, please do not hesitate to contact us. we will contact you early in March to let you know if we have any vacancies.

Contact us by email: or phone: 020 7663 1142 or 020 7663 1106.


Sharing our stories connects us and deepens our understanding of our witness. We hope to have speakers who will help us do this.

This year our keynote speakers will be Esther Leighton and Sam Donaldson. Esther uses the law to create social change, particularly but not exclusively for disabled people. She'll talk about how her Quakerism drives this work, and where she's had success, failure and learning.

Sam is a community worker and organisational coach, based in Hull. He also writes poetry and has been involved in establishing Roots of Resistance (taking action against the DSEI arms fair), as well as taking action around climate justice

You will also be able to hear about QPSW's work, meet Friends from all over the country and spend time together exploring Quaker faith and witness. QPSW workshops confirmed so far are:

Climate justice: what's our calling?

We'll discuss QPSW's climate justice work and explore what we can do as Friends to support the rapidly-growing climate movement. We'll look beyond our individual choices about our lifestyles, and explore how we can work together to make change locally, nationally and globally.

Razor Wire & Olive Branches (EAPPI and Peace Education)

Hear from an Ecumenical Accompanier who will share their experience as a human rights monitor in Palestine & Israel, and try out activities that can be used with children and young people (or even adults!) to explore conflict, peace and justice.

Turning The Tide at QPSW Spring Conference: Witness in Action – An Ecology and Diversity of Tactics

In this participatory workshop we will build on the conversation between our keynote speakers Esther Leighton, disability and legal rights activist, and Sam Donaldson, from Roots of Resistance. Together, we will consider their words, explore our Witness in action, and explore creative, nonviolent and impactful ways to take spirit-led action.

Transforming crime, community and justice

During the workshop we will explore Quaker work to move the criminal justice system from being over reliant on policing, prosecution, and punishment. This reliance is socially harmful, economically wasteful and prevents us from tackling the complex problems our society faces in a sustainable, socially just manner. Crime is both the result and cause of harm, it is one manifestation of deep social injustices in UK society. The criminal justice system needs transforming – come and envision alternatives.

Taking action for peace!

The focus of the QPSW Peace and Disarmament programme is to challenge militarism and to deepen the understanding about the roots of militarism in order to help build a culture of peace and nonviolence. In this workshop we'll provide you with an overview of the programme and then explore how we can challenge the arms trade, in addition to exploring how we can challenge wars and militarism more generally and how you can get involved with our work. We would love you to share your ideas for action! We'll also tell you about the ways in which we support individuals and groups to take action for peace.

Sanctuary Everywhere – Creating racial and migrant justice!

There are more than 100 Sanctuary meetings across the country working to build a culture of welcome and hospitality, opposing racism in all its form and changing the law to stop deportations, detention, removals and destitution. This session is open to Friends working to create sanctuary everywhere, and to those interested in knowing more about migration and racial justice today. The session will explore privilege and the power that comes with it at an interpersonal and systemic level. Join us!

Who can attend

All can attend. People are nominated to attend through their area and local Meetings. Meetings have received a copy of our information flyer, sent to all area and local meetings via the regular monthly mailing.

We endeavour to ensure that all our events are accessible and fully inclusive so we would be happy to discuss your needs with you directly. If you would like to talk about the venue or your requirements, please don't hesitate to contact our events team at: Please note that guests cannot attend for one day only.

Practical information

The Hayes Conference Centre is in Swanwick, Derbyshire.

Please check the Hayes website to see their location and directions.

We will run a coach service at a scheduled time from Derby railway station to the centre for a small additional charge of £7 one way. The coach will leave the Hayes for Derby station at 15.30 on Sunday 22 March.

The event will begin on Friday 20 March, with a shared dinner at 18.00.

This is a residential-only event that starts after dinner on Friday, 20:00 and finishes with worship and departures from 15:00 on Sunday. Participants will stay at The Hayes on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Conference fee

The fee for attending the conference is £200, and covers accommodation, food, resources, invited speakers and organisation. Please note that day visitors are not permitted at this event.

Full information is provided with the booking form.

Book your place

Bookings have now closed but, should you wish to attend, we have a waiting list for late reservations. If you would like to be added to this list, please do not hesitate to contact us. we will contact you early in March to let you know if we have any vacancies.

Contact us by email: or phone: 020 7663 1142 or 020 7663 1106.

More information

For more information contact:

BYM Events

Telephone: 020 7663 1142

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Date & time

Start: 18:00 on 20 March 2020

Finish: 15:00 on 22 March 2020


Hayes Conference Centre
DE55 1AU
United Kingdom

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Register your place (external link)