Meetings might request support for many reasons. Support might help spiritual growth, to seek advice on church government or legal matters or to access help when there are difficulties.


...supporting Friends in their local organisation by providing services and advice relevant to the current needs of the Quaker community...

- Qf&p 8.03


There are a variety of ways that we offer support to meetings. These may be carried out by members of BYM paid staff, or by Quakers volunteering service. Staff across the work of the organisation support Friends. Find below ways in which support is offered to Quakers and meetings.

If what you are looking for is not listed here then you could make contact using the details below.

Quaker Life Network

The Network has been developed by Quaker Life to help in its work supporting Quakers and meetings around Britain. By nurturing the connection between Friends, meetings and Quaker Life the Network helps to nourish the spiritual life of Britain Yearly Meeting.

Find more information about how you can get involved on the Quaker Life Network webpages.

Quaker roles

The responsibility for running Local and Area Quaker meetings is held by members of the meeting. There is online guidance on the support and advice for Quaker role-holders that is available to Friends and meetings.

There is advice here for roles that you might expect but also some of the roles are less obvious to all meetings. Such as:

  • Children & young people's work advocates
  • Employers and wardens
  • Quaker Life representatives
  • Quaker chaplains
  • Records custodians and librarians
  • Registering officers
  • Safeguarding coordinators

Outreach and Quaker Week

Outreach is about helping people to find us and, when they do, to offer them welcome, encouragement and friendship. Many meetings do outreach all year round. Quaker Week takes place each autumn. It offers a time to focus on reaching outwards and welcoming new people to meeting as well as looking inward to our own communities.

Look at the outreach and Quaker week webpages for help, advice and support on how your meeting can become an outreaching community.

Criminal records (DBS) checks

Criminal records checks are just one aspect of ensuring that people working with children, young people or vulnerable adults are suitable to do so. Visit the criminal records check application process webpages to find out how to apply for a check.

Data safety

All parts of Britain Yearly Meeting must follow its policies on information security and data protection which Meeting for Sufferings Committee agreed on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings in July 2003. Follow data safety support to find out more.

Property advice

Look at the Property advice webpage for help, advice and support on how to look after your meeting house.

The property advice e-group supports Friends involved in looking after meeting houses and other property held by Friends. It is open to anyone, not just specialists, to join. Group members can ask questions, seek assistance and obtain guidance from the group by email. To join, visit the property advice e-group online subscription webpage.

Related blog

How young can elders be?

17 March 2021 by Oliver Robertson