GRASP (Group to Reinvigorate And Simplify Processes)  grew out of the April 2019 Quakers in Yorkshire meeting at Doncaster. We heard from Paul Parker (Recording Clerk) when he talked about reinvigorating Quakerism.  After his talk we broke into groups and enthusiastically discussed the issues.  The meeting minuted that it wanted to see how we can simplify structures in Yorkshire with the aim of reinvigorating Yorkshire Quakerism. As a result, our seven area meetings have agreed to work together to explore ways in which we might simplify structures, governance and proceedings, so as to create conditions that help meeting communities to grow, thrive and flourish.

GRASP is not a decision making body.  It will consult and make recommendations for each area meeting to consider.

The members of GRASP are David Bunney (Central Yorkshire), Alison Clarke (York), Tim Herrick (Sheffield & Balby), Jim Ledwidge (Brighouse West  Yorkshire), Tracey Martin (Leeds), David Olver (Craven & Keighley), Rosie Roberts (Co-opted – link for young people), Phyllis Wicks (Pickering & Hull), Barbara Windle (Co-opted).

Final Report and Recommendations

The report and recommendations with the title “Reinvigoration and Simplification” has been published (February 2021).

GRASP report

Download a pdf of the report

Nominations Workshop

An online workshop was held on 21 November 2020 to bring together Friends involved with the nominations process.  The successful workshop led to considerable sharing of issues and should help nominations committees to fill the wide range of roles needed to keep Quakerism flourishing in both local and area meetings.

‘Willing and Able’

‘Willing and Able’ is a ‘talking heads’ video was made following the GRASP workshop about sharing positive ideas on the Quaker process of Nominations.  The video is ‘rough and ready’, having been recorded during a one-hour Zoom using Speaker mode, with subsequent editing. ‘Willing and Able’ might be used to introduce a discussion about the work of nominations.

To go to the video click

To read the accompanying leaflet

Responses to the coronavirus pandemic lock-down

Meetings had to close in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic lock-down.  In the summer we undertook a survey of how each area meeting was responding and the summarised the findings.   The summary and reports from each AM are here.

Interim Report and Consultation

GRASP has published an Interim report and Consultation for Meetings to consider in 2020.  The Group is particularly interested to assess what is the appetite for change in Meetings


Simpler Meetings

There is a national, Britain Yearly Meeting, project on Simpler Meetings.  This is a summary on two pages.  Much more information and advice is available on the BYM website at:

Minutes of meetings
GRASP papers Background papers