Local Development Worker

The Yorkshire Local Development Worker is Bridget Holtom who started work in May 2021, based at the Quakers in Britain, Yorkshire Centre, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX  (Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds).

Bridget Holtom can be contacted at BridgetH@quaker.org.uk

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Peer Support Zoom Calls for Role Holders

These role-holder gatherings will be facilitated by Bridget Holtom bridgeth@quaker.org.uk around a theme relevant to each role. The 1 hour zoom sessions will be an interactive space to raise concerns, share case studies, compare ways of working and find solutions together across Yorkshire. Please register in advance to receive a zoom link and you will get a reminder closer to the time.

Area Meeting Clerks

Local Meeting Clerks
Wed Jul 6 18:00 register here
Thu Jul 7 12:30 register here
Tue Oct 11 11:00 register here
Wed Oct 12 19:00 register here

Elders/Spiritual Care
Tue May 17 14:00 register here
Wed May 25 19:00 register here
Tue Sep 13 19:30 register here
Wed Sep 14 12:30 register here
Tue Dec 13 11:00 register here
Wed Dec 14 16:30 register here

Nominations Committee Members

Overseers/Pastoral Care
Tue Jun 14 17:30 register here
Wed Jun 15 15:00 register here
Tue Sep 27 16:30 register here
Wed Sep 28 19:30 register here
Tue Nov 8 18:00 register here
Thu Nov 10 12:30 register here

Safeguarding Coordinators
Wed Jun 29 18:00 register here

Tue Jul 5 18:00 register here
Wed Jul 6 12:00 register here

Thu Jul 7 19:00 register here
Wed Sep 21 19:00 register here

About Local Development Workers

Local Development Workers (LDWs) will build on the success of the Vibrancy in Meetings Pilot Programme and has arisen from a long process of discernment by Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke trustees.

Paid LDWs already work with Quaker communities across four different parts of Britain. They respond to the needs and aspirations of Quaker meetings and support them to thrive. They offer support to meetings by:

  • listening, encouraging and reassuring;
  • connecting Friends with people and resources;
  • signposting to other BYM and Woodbrooke services;
  • facilitating sessions on a variety of themes;
  • helping to review existing activities or processes;
  • assisting with major projects.

The Vibrancy in Meetings Pilot Programme began in September 2016. LDWs were placed in four different parts of Britain to test whether locally based support better enables Quaker communities to thrive. After just two years, a report by the independent NCVO Charities Evaluation Services found that Friends in these areas felt more connected, confident and supported. A third of meetings with access to an LDW were making changes to reduce demands on role-holders while others reported that the programme was helping to bring meetings together as a community.

The aim now is it to have an LDW within reach of every Quaker community in Britain by 2025. The next group of four LDWs will be working across the following geographic areas, starting in 2021:

  • Scotland
  • North-East England, and the parts of Cumbria covered by Cumberland Area Meeting
  • Yorkshire
  • East Anglia

In future years further LDWs will be employed to cover other areas.

Staff Hub at Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds

The trustee of Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke have agreed to create a pilot hub as a base for BYM and Woodbrooke staff outside London and Birmingham, thereby moving central work closer to Friends. The aim is complement the work at Friends House and Woodbrooke so as to build better connections between Quaker communities. The hope is to become more relevant lo Quakers in all parts of Britain, build resilience and reduce the carbon footprint.

The location of the Hub is Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds.

Letter to all Quakers in Yorkshire