Find a range of volunteering opportunities and placements with Quakers in Britain and elsewhere in the world.

  • Company Director

    Location
    Friends House, London and Cumbria
    Closing date:
    11 October 2019
    Interview
    TBC

    Quiet Company, the sole trading subsidiary of Britain Yearly Meeting, is seeking a new company director to join the board from November 2019 for up to three years. The company operates a conference, events and catering business at Friends House (London) and oversees the running of Swarthmoor Hall (Cumbria), the Friends House bookshop, and facilities on both sites on behalf of the charity.

    You will be in membership of the Society of Friends, likely be in work and/or have relevant recent experience in running or being part of a company.

    Key strategic skills being sought include:

    • Marketing, advertising or public relations
    • Retailing or running a small public attraction
    • Event and hospitality management
    • Human resources

    You will be seeking company director experience of a business with a substantial turnover (currently £4.73m). You will have an interest in sustainable and ethical business and supporting peace and social justice causes, including work to expand the work opportunities of ex-offenders.

    Time commitment: up to five half day meetings per year (normally held in the afternoons in London), plus one full away day per year and one residential midweek meeting every two years at Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria. The board is seeking to diversify its membership further and is taking steps to make its arrangements more inclusive, including alternative ways of meeting (e.g. online, Skype etc.). We actively welcome interest from ethnic minorities and young Friends.

    If you're interested in being part of this vibrant and growing company please email nominations@quaker.org.uk for more information.

  • Volunteering opportunities at children and young people's events

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Closing date:
    TBC
    Interview
    TBC

    Volunteers are key to Quaker work with children and young people. Find events and offer your help by visiting the children and young people's pages.

  • Friend in Residence - Claridge House

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Claridge House
    Closing date:
    Ongoing
    Interview
    TBC

    Role Description, Friend in Residence, Claridge House

    The objective of having a Friend in Residence at Claridge House is to help maintain the Quaker ambience of the house, to uphold the Core Purpose, to assist with leading Quiet Times, to help with welcoming guests and to help the management team with overnight cover and some helpful jobs around the house.

    Tasks for the Friend in Residence (FiR) include:

     Offering no more than five hours work per day over five days to include weekend work

     Undertaking four overnight duties per week, to include opening and closing the curtains in the public rooms in the mornings and evenings and locking up the building at night

     Welcoming guests, course participants, retreatants or bed and breakfast customers and ensuring they are comfortable in their rooms (check in B&B may require taking payments). Collecting guests from/to the station when necessary.

     Engaging guests in conversation if that is what they wish

     Serving morning coffee or afternoon tea as required. Clear up after refreshments.

     Working with the team to ensure public areas, including the library, are kept tidy at all times

     Leading the Quiet Times twice a day when on duty, and before meal grace once or twice a day. Showing other members of staff how to do this in your absence

     Taking care of the plants and flowers in the house and perhaps the pot plants near the building

     Occasional other light duties as may be agreed with the managers.

     Keeping bedroom welcome packs up to date

     maintaining and updating the information folders in the front lounge and other resources for guests on retreat

    Volunteer attributes

    We hope and expect that volunteers should be reasonably fit in order to move around the house.

    Car drivers with clean licence.

    We hope to be able to incorporate any special gifts that an individual volunteer brings to the house within the duties and time available when they are on shift.

    Claridge House offer

    In return for the gift of time and work given to us by a volunteer we offer free board and lodging during the time they are at the house, including on days off if required.

    Application Form
  • Quaker Centre volunteers

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Friends House, London
    Closing date:
    Ongoing
    Interview
    TBC

    Would you like to volunteer in the Quaker Centre at Friends House in London?

    We are looking for some active and confident Quakers who could provide a visible presence in the Quaker Centre once a week or once a fortnight between 10am and 4.30pm.

    Volunteers help with shelving in the bookshop, clearing tables in the café during busy hours and supporting meetings for worship. The primary function however, is to be a welcoming Friend able to answer questions about Quakerism, local facilities and other enquiries.

    Volunteers receive reimbursement of reasonable travel costs, tea, coffee and lunch in Friends House. Volunteers also receive a discount on any bookshop purchases.

    To apply please read the role description and contact us for an application form. Please email us at outreach@quaker.org.uk or contact on 020 7663 1017.

    Role description
  • House Tour Guides Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria

    Contract
    Voluntary
    Location
    Swarthmoor Hall, Cumbria
    Closing date:
    ongoing
    Interview
    ongoing

    Travel expenses paid

    Swarthmoor Hall is a historic house known as the 'cradle of Quakerism'. The house is open to the public four afternoons a week throughout the year and for group tours at other times by appointment. We are looking for Friends who live within travelling distance of the Hall who are interested in acting as tour guides. We do not necessarily need a regular commitment of hours. We do hope to develop a pool of volunteers who we will train as tour guides for our visitors both adults and children.

    More information at www.swarthmoorhall.co.uk/volunteer

  • Serve on a BYM Committee or Group

    Closing date:
    Various
    Interview
    None

    If you are looking for roles serving on Quaker Committees or Groups, please read our dedicated Give Time pages.

    Working for Britain Yearly Meeting is exciting and inspiring. Friends who offer service find that they can be led to achieve great things. There are a number of different ways that you can take part. BYM work is helped and directed by committees that answer to Britain Yearly Meeting (BYM). Quakers from across Britain serve on these committees and groups. Full information is available on our Committees and Groups page.

    Give time