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Free online course re early Quakers

Are you interested in learning about early Quakers? If so, you might like to take this free online course – ‘Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers’.

This is an opportunity to learn about Quakerism as it emerged in  17th century England.

Through the course, you will find out about what lies at the heart of Quaker beginnings, who its main characters were, and how in a few weeks during the summer of 1652 the Quaker movement was formed in the north of England.

The three-week course will start on 30 April 2018 and will take three hours per week.

 

‘Food and Friendship’ ~ South Belfast, 18th February

South Belfast Quaker Meeting will be hosting an ‘After Meeting Conversation’ and shared lunch on Sunday 18th February.

The focus of the conversation will be ‘Food & Friendship’ as these were two areas from the EcoQuakers’ booklet ‘Responding to IYM 2016: Living Sustainably and Fairly on this Earth’, that members haven’t explored in any depth yet at South Belfast Meeting.

Under the heading of ‘Food’ they hope to explore issues around eating seasonably, Fairtrade, organic, sustainable, food miles, and looking at effects on soil. There will be a contribution from a younger member of the Meeting who has chosen to become a vegan, and may hopefully inspire members to explore a more plant-based lifestyle. Under the heading of ‘Friendship’ they hope to explore what this means to the Meeting – how do they build community – with other local churches and faith groups, and with those who are often excluded and marginalised by society such as immigrants and refugees.

This conversation seeks to build on a previous ‘After Meeting Conversation’ held in November 2016 when members explored areas such as Energy & Transport, Finance & Consumption, and Speaking Truth to Power. These ‘conversations’ were held to assist members of South Belfast Meeting respond to the commitment undertaken by Quakers across Ireland in April 2016 for meetings and members to become more sustainable.

Volunteer needed at Quaker Cottage, Belfast

Quaker Cottage – a unique Quaker charity making love visible to those for whom it is often absent – urgently needs a full-time volunteer.

“Experience with children is helpful; but love for them is essential.”

Having had a long-term volunteer leave us unexpectedly, we now have an immediate opportunity for a volunteer colleague to live and work at Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family support centre situated on the side of Black Mountain, overlooking West Belfast. Quaker Cottage is a very special day centre that provides care and support for disadvantaged families referred by social services. Typically, the families have experienced some form of trauma in their lives or have difficulty coping with day-to-day living. All participant families live in areas most affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Quaker Cottage aims to provide a safe and caring environment to actively promote increased self-esteem, greater family understanding and cooperation, improved social and life skills, enhanced development, and mutual understanding and respect.

Traditionally our voluntary colleagues stay with us for a year but on this occasion, we will also consider someone who may not be available for the full year but who can help in the interim until we can secure longer term support.

Role Description
You will be required to work with children from 0-18 years old, using a very individualised and effective model of child care. All of these children come from areas which have experienced a high level of violence, and much of the behaviour that they display is negative. An attitude of tolerance and understanding is imperative. The working week is Monday to Friday. Other tasks include cooking, cleaning and minibus driving. Volunteering at Quaker Cottage is rewarding but it can also be physically and emotionally difficult. Commitment to giving 100% to the children is key. Experience with children is helpful; love for them is essential. Volunteers must have experience in minibus driving or be willing to learn. One week in six, the child care volunteers will be expected to prepare a meal for 10 adults and 12 children.

Volunteers are provided with purpose-built accommodation and transport. Living and other out of pocket expenses are reimbursed to a value not exceeding £54 per week.

Accommodation (if required)
A modern cottage/bungalow with your own room, a shared living room and a large kitchen/dining area. It is purpose-built and is exclusively for the use of volunteers – located adjacent to the day-centre. Facilities include TV, DVD player, CD/MP3 player, washer/dryer and Wi-Fi facilities. There is a basic PC for volunteers to use but many choose to bring a laptop.

Other comments: Applicants should feel free to email, or phone the project with any questions about the work. Initially they should contact Grant McCullough by email at quakercottage@quakerservice.com or tel: +44 28 90714500.