Training for Quaker Roles

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    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course

    This online course, for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking, is based on the on-site course with the same name. The five modules cover the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business. We also consider why we use our particular business style in our meetings. We will focus on clerking local meetings, but clerks of other meetings, including area meetings, will also find they can learn much about their role.
    This course can be completed in your own time, although we recommend setting aside 1.5-2.5 hours a week.
    Each week there will be materials in a range of formats for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share your responses to the exercises and ask questions.
    There will be three live meetings during the six weeks of the course which you are encouraged to take part in, dates and times to be confirmed.

    Eldership and Oversight

    This six-week online course will help all those serving in eldership and oversight to gain better understanding and confidence in their role – whatever the system in their meeting. The six modules cover the full range of topics included in the separate and combined eldership and oversight onsite courses, with options to focus on areas of particular relevance. You should allow 2-3 hours a week for pursuing this course. There is no requirement to be online at a particular time.
    This course is intended for Friends who are serving, about to serve or considering service in eldership and/or oversight. As well as those appointed to formal roles, we welcome those whose meetings use systems of shared oversight or eldership or who would like to learn more about Quaker ways of caring for one another.
    You can work through the material on this course in your own time. We recommend setting aside two to three hours a week.
    Each week there will be a range of audio, visual and written materials for you to engage with, and a forum for you to share reflections and ask questions.

    Exploring Nominations

    An event for members of Quaker nominations committees. How can we root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us? Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. We will include the practical aspects of being 'on nominations'. Friends can expect a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enabling them to flourish.

    Being a Area Meeting Treasurer

    This course for Area Meeting treasurers will show how to produce collated area meeting accounts that meet the requirements of the Charity Commission and OSCR. Participants will be guided through practical exercises to illustrate the stages of the work. We will look at ways of presenting information that will engage Friends' interest and promote their understanding of Quaker finances at the area and local level.

    Children & Young People’s Work Advocates Conference

    An opportunity for Area Meeting Children and Young People’s Work Advocates and those who support them to meet, share and learn together. Details about this role can be found at www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/quaker-roles/cyp-work-advocates.  Over the weekend we will explore common issues affecting the advocacy of Quaker children and young people’s work. On the Saturday we will link up with the Quaker Youth Work conference that takes place at Woodbrooke, to help build relationships and networks.

    Area Meeting Clerks Conference

    This conference is being jointly organised by Woodbrooke and Quaker Life and will be an opportunity for all serving area meeting clerks to come together for learning and to share experience of current practices.  There will be speaker sessions, group discussions and workshops covering a wide range of relevant topics. All area meetings will receive a formal invitation to the conference in early 2018.

    Quaker Nominations

    An event for members of Quaker nominations committees. How can we root ourselves in good practices of discernment whilst responding to the particular issues that face us? Nominations are at the quiet heart of the way we live together as Friends, when we listen faithfully to the Spirit. We will include the practical aspects of being 'on nominations'. Friends can expect a renewed insight into the potential of nominations to strengthen meetings and enabling them to flourish.

    Being a Quaker Treasurer

    For new and prospective treasurers, and those who still feel uncertain. We will cover all the main tasks, from first entries to year-end preparation of accounts, principles, responsibilities, and legal requirements. You will find sympathetic companionship with other treasurers, and explore the spiritual basis of the role. Please note times: The course starts at 11:15am on the Monday with Basic Book-keeping (this runs to 5:45pm and will include lunch). Those without much experience need these sessions. If Monday attendance is difficult, the exercises will be available online to complete at home beforehand. On the Wednesday there is an optional session on the Quaker spreadsheet programme which runs from 1:30pm to 3.00pm.

    Exploring Oversight – March 2019

    This course will help those with responsibility for Oversight in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is expected? What is the spiritual basis of oversight? How can overseers respond to and meet the pastoral needs of the meeting? We will look at the range of tasks, share good practice and explore ways of handling difficult issues as well as looking at practical ideas and useful resources. This course focuses on oversight in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings.

    Exploring Eldership – March 2019

    This course will help those with responsibility for Eldership in Quaker meetings gain a better understanding of the role and the confidence to do it. What does the role involve? What is the spiritual basis of eldership? How can elders respond to and nurture the spiritual life of the meeting? Participants will have the opportunity to explore the role and share experiences with others as well as looking at practical ideas and resources that will be of help. This course focuses on eldership in Britain Yearly Meeting but may also be of interest to Friends from other Yearly Meetings.

    Being a Quaker Clerk

    This course is for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking. We will focus on clerking local meetings but clerks of other meetings or committees will also find they can learn much about their role. There will be practical sessions including planning agendas, drafting minutes and discipline in the meeting.  We will also consider other responsibilities that come with being a clerk. Participants will learn from each other as well as from the leaders.

    Chaplaincy Retreat

    This weekend retreat will provide the opportunity for Quaker chaplains working in any setting (prison, education, hospital or others) to reflect, relax and reconnect with our spiritual foundation. We will use a mix of creative listening, the labyrinth, journalling and a range of spiritual practices to provide opportunities to recharge our batteries and remind ourselves why we do this important work. This weekend is not a training event and may not be suitable for people with no chaplaincy experience.

    Being a Quaker Trustee – March 2019

    Particularly suitable for new/less experienced Area Meeting trustees; it may also be of interest to anyone wanting a refresher. We will be factual and practical. What does the law require? What is considered good practice for charities? How does this fit with Quaker good practice? How do trustees, area and local meetings relate to each other? How can trustees best serve our meetings? We aim to provide easy-to-understand information and enjoyable learning, to make trusteeship approachable and rewarding.

    Being a Quaker Clerk: an online course for clerks around the world

    This new course is an opportunity for Quaker clerks around the world to learn together. We will consider the clerk’s role before, during and after a Meeting for Worship for Business and look at the differing styles of clerking around the Quaker world. The course is for all clerks whether you are clerking at a local, regional, national or international level or just want to learn more about the role. We hope that participants will learn from each other as well as the leaders.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week.

    Writing Brilliant Annual Reports

    This three-week online course is an interactive discussion space which will help participants to better understand the Charity Commission and Britain Yearly Meeting requirements for an Area Meeting Trustees’ Annual Report. You will consider the target audience and share ideas about how to produce the most useful document(s) possible. There will be exercises to try out as you prepare your 2018 report. The course will be run as three *purely online* webinars from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Thursday evenings, starting March 14th. This course is intended for anyone involved in producing the annual report for an Area Meeting, including Area Meeting trustees, treasurers, and clerks. The course will be delivered through live seminars and although these will be recorded for later viewing you will get the most out of the course if you can attend them all, and if you have a webcam and microphone to join in the conversation. The online Adobe Connect 'room', accessed in your internet browser from a link in Moodle, will be opened 1 hour before the first session (and 30 minutes before the other sessions) to enable you to log in and test your equipment.

    This course involves a time commitment of approximately 1.5-2.5 hours per week.

    Being a Quaker Clerk – September 2018

    This course is for new or prospective clerks with little or no experience of Quaker clerking. We will focus on clerking local meetings but clerks of other meetings or committees will also find they can learn much about their role. There will be practical sessions including planning agendas, drafting minutes and discipline in the meeting. We will also consider other responsibilities that come with being a clerk. Participants will learn from each other as well as from the leaders.