These groups demonstrate some of the many interests and concerns that Quakers pursue as part of their wider commitment to their faith.* Most groups meet up and organise activities - it's a great way to meet Quakers and make new contacts. Activities are usually open to non-Quakers. Do please contact a group if you are interested to know more about it.
Ackworth School creates a happy and safe environment where all pupils realise and develop their own special abilities in constant awareness of the needs and claims of others.
Registered charity number: 1175704
Bootham School aims to get the very best from the young people it cares for, setting them on a road of lifelong flourishing and fulfillment. It is a lovely, unique and successful school with an atmosphere all of its own. So much of this arises from Bootham's Quaker heritage, which provides the ethos, environment and framework of enduring values, practices and approaches. These underpin an education which fully addresses the real needs of modern young people and makes the school a happy and thriving community.
Registered charity number: 513645
Company number: 1686068
Breckenbrough is a Quaker managed, non-maintained special school for male students aged 9-19 who are on the autistic spectrum, along with other complexities such as ADHD, PDA, dyspraxia and dyslexia. They are one of only a few special schools which support students with high functioning autism in Britain that can offer a full national curriculum up to GCSE and A level standard for students from all over the UK.
Claridge House is a residential centre for healing, rest and renewal offering courses and group or individual retreats. It provides a space where people of any faith or none may stay in peace and stillness before returning, rested and renewed, to their everyday lives. Courses are run on various topics and activities such as yoga, relaxation, led spiritual retreats, creative activities, led gentle walks in the local countryside. Therapies such as massage and spiritual healing are also available.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 1167155
Dabane Support Fund raises money in the UK to support the Dabane Trust Water Workshops in Zimbabwe. It has been a concern of Mid-Somerset Area Meeting since 1991.
In Zimbabwe, the Dabane Trust provides simple technology to access groundwater in dry river beds for growing vegetables. Recently, the Trust has started funding special projects as well.
Experiment with Light works with the Quakers in Britain to facilitate the acceptance of Experiment with Light as a core Quaker spiritual practice. They support, co-ordinate and develop teaching and practice of Experiment with Light within Britain Yearly Meeting and beyond.
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This group works for the public benefit, the advancement of community development for communities in Uganda. They liase with community organisations in Uganda and make grants. This enables them to fulfil specific community development projects, providing tangible assets for the community.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
FFH seek to uphold the healing ministry and promote healing. Groups meet to offer distant healing, which means entering into the Light oneself and consciously holding others in the Light.
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Registered charity number: 284459
The Friends Historical Society aims to promote the study of Quaker history and to further the religious beliefs of the Religious Society of Friends. They hold meetings, publish research findings and the Journal of the Friends Historical Society.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends House Moscow Interest Group supports the work of Friends House Moscow, a charity for Quaker work and outreach in Russia. They welcome all Quakers interested in Russia. Friends House Moscow supports Quakers and seekers locally, translates and publishes Quaker books in Russian, maintains a Russian-language website for outreach. They work with local partners on projects in line with Quaker testimonies.
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Registered charity number: 1055965
Friends in Tune encourages singing and song throughout Britain Yearly Meeting as a spiritual practice, a means of outreach and of deepening the bonds between Friends to build communities. The group is a committed member of Quaker Arts Network.
The aims of Friends Schools Council include:
- to encourage the expression of Quaker faith in action and the interpretation of Quaker vision within Friends Schools
- to strengthen the network of support across the Friends Schools
- to help Friends Schools to maintain their Quaker identity and ethos
- to promote Quaker primary and secondary education
- to work closely with Friends on the wider remit of promoting Quaker values in education
If you would like more information on Quaker schools in Britain and Ireland, visit our dedicated website (see below).
FSSE organises two residential Quaker events every year in August: Junior Gathering (formerly Summer School, ages 11-14) and Friends Southern Senior Conference (15-18). These events advocate the Quaker testimonies and are significant in the lives of those who attend. They build confidence, knowledge and supportive friendships which can last a lifetime.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 1155420
Provides support to Quaker members and attenders who have Jewish connections, as they discern how they can best help Quaker-Jewish dialogue.
A charitable trust telling the history and current activities of the peace movement through the provision of educational facilities and creation of a Museum for Peace. The Trust is the Quaker contact for 'The Peace Museum' charitable company.
Registered charity number: 327038
Glebe House is a charitable trust that provides specialist interventions for young men between the ages of 15 and 18, with a known history of harmful sexual behaviours. Case services include a residential treatment service, an independence transition service, training and consultancy, and community-based assessment and intervention work.
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Registered charity number: 1124673
Company number: 652659
The Green Olive Trust provides educational opportunities for children in rural Western Kenya. This is an area where there is widespread poverty. Many children are orphaned as a result of violent conflict, and AIDS and other diseases. Primary education is free in Kenya but many children are prevented by lack of funding from progressing to high school and university. The project arises out of personal contacts between Quakers in Lewes, UK and Quakers in Kenya. The Green Olive Foundation in Kenya works closely with the schools in the region.
Registered charity number: 1165906
The Trust aims to relieve sickness and advance the education of children who are sick, recovering from sickness, or have learning difficulties.
It does this by offering grants to children's charities. The trustees meet twice a year and have made grant awards of over £1.75m to over 120 children's charities since the new charity emerged in 2004. The original Quaker charity, which was a Convalescent Home for Children, was established by John Horniman in 1889. The Trust offers a conference for charities which receive grants, held every other year at Woodbrooke.
Registered charity number: 222730
Leighton Park is a school that inspires achievement with values, character and community. This is the Leighton Park difference and has been since their Quaker foundation in the nineteenth century. The school is distinctive and original in each of these areas.
Registered charity number: 309144
Company number: 171900
Living Witness supports Quakers in developing their sustainability witness. Their range of resources include regular newsletters, policy briefings and guides for study groups and for personal and collective action. They hold regular national gatherings and summer schools. They can offer advice, talks and facilitate events for Quaker meetings.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 1119938
The aim of the Nontheist Friends Network is to provide a forum and supportive framework for Friends who see religion as a human creation. They explore theological and spiritual diversity and their practical implications in respectful acceptance of different views, experiences and journeys. They share a radical questioning approach to contemporary religion. Events include an annual weekend residential conference at Woodbrooke and other regional and local events. They have contacts with Quakers in the United States, Australia and Europe, as well as non-Quaker networks.
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Quakers in the North of Britain, supporting Quakers and others in taking actions for peace. With representatives from northern Area Meetings, we organise events and activities. We also produce resources, responding to current issues and the concerns of Friends.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: C024632
The group shows solidarity with Quaker-inspired peace activism in post-Yugoslav countries. It aims to foster mutual relationships of trust and co-operation with locally-based peace-building groups in the post-Yugoslav region and to nurture interest in this issue among Quakers and others.
QAAD works within Quaker principles to address the use and misuse of all substances, legal, illegal and prescribed, and gambling. They offer advice and information to individual Quakers and to elders and overseers. QAAD fosters links between Quakers who share their concern through a conference at Woodbrooke and meetings of the QAADNET group. QAAD publishes the quarterly magazine QAADRANT, and provides speakers for meetings on request. They also work responsively with young Quakers to develop sessions for any kind of gathering. Externally, QAAD contributes to government reviews and liaises with other faith groups to advance policies that reduce harm.
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Registered charity number: 1059310
Company number: 3265669
Facilitates networking with Quakers in Africa and between those interested in or involved in Quaker work in Africa. Members share their initiatives and experiences and discuss cross-cutting issues. This enables them to keep abreast of current work in the continent and learn from each other in order to become more effective in their own work.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quaker Arts Network is a group of Quakers with interests in the arts (broadly defined), run on a voluntary basis. All those in sympathy with their aims are welcome to join the network, which has members across the world.
While many of the group are practicing artists, musicians, writers etc., others may have interest in the use of the arts for spiritual expression, nurture, healing, Quaker outreach or simply pleasure.
The aims of QARN are:
- to work to change the way refugees and asylum-seekers (whether recognised under the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees or not) are treated, to ensure that justice and compassion are the guiding principles
- to support each other as Friends acting under concern and keep Friends in our meetings up to date with developments
- to work to convince British Quakers that a principled critique of current asylum policy should be part of our corporate Quaker witness, in keeping with our testimony to equality
- to guide Britain Yearly Meeting, now that Meeting for Sufferings has accepted that asylum is a concern, to help them to work effectively for justice and compassion in our asylum and immigration system.
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The purpose of Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) is to fund and oversee the implementation of small communityinitiated projects. These aim to improve the quality of life of impoverished indigenous people in Bolivia through community empowerment and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods. The current geographical focus is on marginalised rural Aymara communities in the Department of La Paz. Projects are related to the supply of clean water and to food security. These projects are delivered by Fundación Quaker Bolivia Link, a Bolivian charity managed by local Quakers. There is a sister fundraising charity in the United States of America. A formal cooperation agreement establishes the roles and relationship of the 3 parts of QBL.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 1055192
Quaker Campers provide opportunities for Quakers from all parts of Britain (and beyond) who enjoy camping to share the fellowship of camping together. Currently this consists of a one week family camp each summer.
Q-CAT aims to remind people of the absolute ban on torture under international law, informing them of the present situation in the world. They invite people to think about whether they are willing to work towards the abolition of torture. The group incorporates the Quaker Scheme for Befriending Overseas Prisoners and does some work on behalf of Meeting for Sufferings.
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Registered charity number: 1093757
An active group aiming to add a Quakerly voice to the animal advocacy movement. We also support many animal welfare organisations with donations, both here and abroad. We work with Friends overseas and very much value our ecumenical and interfaith links.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
QCOP aims to:
- remind Friends of the dangers of population growth, and the means by which growth can be addressed without coercion
- encourage Friends to overcome their reticence and to explain this difficult and topical subject in a reflective way
- communicate informally with various bodies within the Society of Friends, providing information as needed
Works to relieve poverty and to improve physical and mental health and education amongst the people in the Great Lakes region of Africa. QCP work particularly with those in the area of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Projects include: support to Community Hospital Abeka; access to clean running water; working for peace; providing psychosocial support; microfinance with women.
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Registered charity number: 1159781
The QDA aims to enable discernment and promote understanding within Quakers in Britain on the decriminalisation of the personal use of drugs. As Quakers, they also work with other organisations who desire change in both domestic and international drug policy.
This group aims to make Quakers in Britain an inclusive community. We should all be able to serve and join in equally. Impairments and disabilities should not stop anyone. We see this as part of the Quaker testimony to equality.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The society informs Quakers about Esperanto and Esperanto-speakers about Quakerism. They hold meetings and exchange information about Quaker affairs and language equality.
Founded in 1993, the Quaker Family History Society encourages the study of Quaker genealogy, family history, and local history. The group is open to anyone with Quaker ancestry from the British Isles, or with an interest in British Quaker family history. The group holds open meetings to share its research, and publishes its journal, Quaker Connections, three times a year.
The fellowship aims to provide a forum for discussion on issues around the afterlife. These include survival of consciousness and continuing spiritual development beyond physical death, personal spiritual communication, higher worlds and near-death experiences.
The Quaker Gender and Sexual Diversity Community brings together people of diverse sexual and/or gender identities within Quakers in Britain. It aims to provide a voice and a meeting space for the LGBT+ and queer community. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, intersex, transgender and gender non-binary Quakers, and Quakers interested in sexuality, gender identity and equality. They welcome others seeking an inclusive spiritual community.
QuIET is a charity which manages the premises and undertakings of Brummana High School in Lebanon. It aims to advance the education of children and young people in full time education, in accordance with the principles of Quakerism.
Company number: 78392
The Quaker Music Network was formed when The Leaveners was laid down. They intend to keep the tradition of Choral and Chamber Music weekends alive. These have been held for more than 30 years and enable both instrumentalists and singers to make music together in a Quaker atmosphere. In the future, it may be possible for QMN to become an umbrella for other Quaker music-making projects.
Quaker Peace Studies Trust works towards a truly peaceful world in accordance with our Quaker peace testimony. They support the study of peace and conflict resolution at the University of Bradford.
Registered charity number: 529095
Maintains the memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire. The memorial commemorates the wartime service of members of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service. The group also educate the public about the work of Friends. They focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation and peace-building in the aftermath of war.
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Registered charity number: 1142335
Quaker Social Action is an independent charity founded 150 years ago as the Bedford Institute Association, changing its name to Quaker Social Action (QSA) in 1998. It enables people in low incomes in East London and across the UK to seek solutions to the issues affecting their lives. To do this, it listens and responds to the needs of the community by running practical, sustainable and collaborative projects. QSA shares its work with others when it is clear that it has the potential to bring benefits to their communities.
Registered charity number: 1069157
Company number: 3524063
The Quaker Socialist Society provides fellowship and forums for Quakers who believe that political affairs are an essential part of Quaker life. QSS works for social justice and a fair, safe and peaceful world. They develop understandings and practice of ethical socialism. They maintain a witness within the socialist movement and make the insights of socialism available for Friends. They work with others for a corporate Social Testimony. QSS also organises the annual Salter Lecture.
We are a network of Quakers, with personal or professional links to people or projects in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and neighbouring states. We are also interested in working with and learning from people from these countries who now reside in the UK. We meet annually in London, Leeds or Birmingham and have a newsletter at least once a year. If you would like to join the group please get in touch.
Exhibition facilities include 77 tapestry panels, personal audio guides and films, interactive displays, children's activities, events, workshops, gift shop, Café, garden, toilets and step-free access to the Exhibition and Café.
Opening hours: the Exhibition at Kendal is open from mid-February to mid-December, Monday to Saturday, 10am–5pm. The Meeting House Café is open all year, Monday to Saturday. Both are closed on Sundays. See the website or phone for details of the Travelling Roadshow, up-to-date information and admission charges.
Registered charity number: 1035077
Company number: 2901085
QUG understand that spiritual awareness is accessible to everyone of any religion or none. No one faith can claim to have a final revelation or monopoly of truth. We acknowledge that such awareness may be expressed in many different ways. We delight in this diversity and warmly welcome both Quakers and non-Quakers to join us.We have a website, a journal for members called Universalist, books, pamphlets (many of which are now online), an annual conference, a newsletter and communication via Facebook.
QVA enables participation in spirit-led volunteering. Their working retreats make a practical and social difference. QVA projects build community and work for a more just and peaceful world.
Quaker Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse provides mutual support in a safe and understanding environment. The group seeks to increase awareness among Friends of the realities of sexual abuse and its effects on survivors; to suggest appropriate ways for Friends to engage with the issues of sexual abuse; and to build support networks in local meetings to help reduce the sexual abuse of children within the society and beyond.
Promoting Quaker values in business and the workplace. They are a voice and network for the Quaker business community. Members are active in, or recently retired from, business.
QUIP is an international network of Quaker booksellers, authors and publishers concerned with the ministry of the written word. They organise annual conferences which are held in the UK and USA. They also subsidise translations and publications of Quaker works through their charitable arm, The Tacey Sowle Fund.
QVinE believes that the spirit of God is at work in every human being and this belief holds true for our work in education. Our thinking and action are directed to promoting integrity, peace, simplicity and equality. We promote these values, through publications, conferences and networking.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roots of Resistance is a new grassroots network of Quakers across the UK who are building a creative, vibrant and radical Quaker response to the DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) arms fair.
They are aiming to bring at least 1,000 Quakers to DSEI in 2019 in London. They hope this will equip and empower Quakers to take nonviolent action against the arms trade and militarism in the coming years. They are currently seeking 100 area organisers, who will organise Friends in their Area Meetings to become involved in Roots of Resistance.
Sibford School educates children and young people aged 4-18. It operates under the principles of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain. The School encourages each child to fulfill their potential and contribute to the wider community. The talents of all pupils are nurtured. The School has been particularly successful in helping students with dyslexia.
Registered charity number: 1068256
Sidcot School aims to be a pioneer and a world-class centre of excellence for inspirational education for children aged 3-18. This is as much about nurturing the spirit as it is about outstanding academic success. This is informed by the Quaker testimonies, which act as a touchstone and challenge to the whole school community, those with faith and those without. All are equally welcomed.
Registered charity number: 296491
Company number: 2093340
Providing audio recordings of The Friend and other Quaker journals and books for people with visual impairment, or others with disabilities that prevent reading.
Registered charity number: 299656
The Trust aims to support individual Friends in need engaged in witnessing to Christian and Quaker testimonies. This is usually in the form of help with travel and other costs to Friends in the course of their ministry, rather than education or training costs.
Registered charity number: 229959
The Kindlers are an experimental group focused on Quaker spirituality. They work to rekindle the power of Quaker worship by renewing and deepening Quaker spiritual practices. They do this by holding workshops to deepen the spiritual life of Quaker meetings and publishing associated material.
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The Mount School is an independent Quaker School that educates girls from 2 to 18 and boys aged 2 to 4 in the Pre-School. It is a day and boarding school of approximately 230 pupils aged 2 to 18.
Registered charity number: 513646
Company number: 1686186
A Members Club with a strong Quaker ethos, near Russell Square in London, open to non-members for B&B. Its purpose is to provide premises for the enjoyment of members and guests, and to foster a spirit of fellowship in accordance with its Quaker values.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company number: 3115589
A not-for-profit provider of specialist mental health services. The Retreat works closely with the NHS to provide services for people with complex and challenging needs in an open, calming environment designed to enable recovery and independence.
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Registered charity number: 1089826
Provides grants to people (Quakers attenders or those associated with Quakers) who can't afford the fees to access care at The Retreat York or other psychiatric hospitals in the UK. Also assists in the provision of hospital treatment or home nursing in the home of any Friend, wherever they are living, either for mental or physical illness. Funds projects which advance good mental health and the application and understanding of effective mental health practice.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered charity number: 1115135
William Penn School provides a high quality and nurturing start to the education of pupils in a village setting in Coolham, West Sussex. The school values are honesty, integrity, equality, peace, reflection and friendship. William Penn is the only primary school in Britain with a Quaker foundation. Whilst pupils don't need to be Quakers to attend, William Penn's value-led ethos is a keystone of their approach to learning.
At William Penn, students and staff respect each other and value the rights and responsibilities of each individual. They strive for high standards and challenge themselves to further their learning and understanding throughout the journey of life.
A learning organisation which supports and informs Quakers to enable their work in the world from a place of understanding and spiritual renewal.
Woodbrooke offers a range of opportunities for individuals and meetings, for a variety of programmes. These include the use of Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, other venues and locations and online learning. They aim for their programmes of learning to be as accessible as they can make them.
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Registered charity number: 313816