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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.

Update on Drogheda Meeting for Worship

Due to ongoing refurbishment work, there will be no December Meetings in Drogheda Grammar School. The next Meeting for Worship is scheduled for Sunday 14th January 2018.

There will be no Meeting for Worship in Drogheda on either Sunday 26th November or Sunday 24th December.
Drogheda Friends look forward to seeing you on Sunday 10th December as usual.

Irish Quakers to feature on ‘Songs of Praise’ – 22nd October

Quakers will feature on Songs of Praise due to be broadcast on BBC1 at 16:15 on 22nd October.

The programme will come from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, from where music and inspirational stories from across Ireland will be introduced.

Included will be a piece about the Irish Famine and how a small group of Quakers launched an enormous relief effort.

Don’t worry if you miss it; you’ll be able to watch it back here.

Celebrate World Quaker Day! 1st October!

Irish Quakers will be joining Friends throughout the world in marking World Quaker Day on 1st October!

Churchtown Friends will be singing Quaker songs before Meeting for Worship and Rathfarnham Friends will follow their Meeting for Worship with a worship-sharing session on ‘What being a Quaker means to me’.

South Belfast Friends, meanwhile, will be talking about Quaker holidays abroad.

The theme of World Quaker Day 2017 is “gathering in worship around the globe”.

As the sun rises in each area of the world, we remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions. We are united in love and accompany each other on this special day that draws us together. As we worship, we hold each other in prayer and thanksgiving, and let our hymns of praise resound across the world.

Find out more about World Quaker Day here.

 

Culture Night – Dublin & Cork 22nd September

Dublin Meeting and Cork Meeting will open their doors to welcome members of the public on Culture Night – 22nd September 2017. All welcome!

Art by local Quakers, as well as art on Quaker-related themes or inspired by the ideals of simplicity, equality and peace will be on display in Cork Meeting, Summerhill South, from 5pm – 8pm. There will also be a small informational exhibit about Quaker artists over the past few centuries in Ireland and abroad. Some of the art pieces will be available for purchase through a Silent Auction – bids will be accepted throughout the evening, and each item will go to the person making the highest bid by the end of the evening. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will go toward the Quaker Meeting’s project to renovate and extend its Meeting House.

Literature and posters will be on display in Dublin Meeting, Eustace Street, from 5pm-10pm with lots of information about Quaker history, our beliefs and activities, including the Quaker influence on the Irish temperance movement and Pioneer Association. Dublin Quakers will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have over tea, coffee and biscuits.

There will also be a series of talks during the evening:

5:30 – How Irish Quakers are responding to the refugee crisis (Miriam Ryan)

6:00 – The Quaker Testimonies (Ian Woods)

6:30 – Magic Lantern show (John McCormick)

7:00 – The Alternatives to Violence Project and it’s work in Irish prisons (Dorothee Danieu)

7:30 – QCEA and Quaker work at a European level (Sean McCrum)

8:00 – Eco-Quakers: the response of Irish Friends to environmental destruction and climate change (Fran Brady)

8:30 – Quaker Youth Camps (Lydia Garland-Moloney)

9:00 – What do Quakers believe? (Neville Keery)

9:30 – Women in Irish Quakerism (Claire Chambers)

All welcome!