Young Adult Leadership Programme

We have decided  to pause YALP for a year. This will allow space to consider the programme’s impact and reflect on what Woodbrooke offers Young Adult Friends and how we offer it.

In the meantime there are lots of opportunities for you to come to Woodbrooke this year. All our courses this year are listed here. Anyone aged 18-35 is entitled to a 50% discount on any course booking.

Since 2012 Woodbrooke has run a Young Adult Leadership Programme resulting in 45 Quakers aged between 19 and 30 participating in the programme .

We have decided the time is right for us to pause YALP  for a year. This will allow space to consider the programme’s impact and reflect on how we respond to the call made at Yearly Meeting Gathering in 2017 “to examine our own diversity” and the particular attention placed on age diversity.  Over the coming months we will be exploring with Britain Yearly Meeting staff, with Young Friends General Meeting, past YALP participants, and with other individuals and groups, the different ways we might develop the learning we offer.

Watch this space for details of how you might be involved in helping us with this thinking.


What is a YAF?

Woodbrooke has started using this term as the term Young Friends is often used to describe under 18 year olds.  By using the term Young Adult Friends, or YAF for short, we mean people aged 18-30 although some of our programmes and courses have slightly different age ranges.


Why does Woodbrooke need separate courses and a programme for YAFs?

Although we feel that almost all of our courses are appropriate for most people we also think that sometimes Young Adults may prefer to come on courses with their peers.  This gives YAFs the chance to consider issues which are of particular concern or interest to their age group.  Woodbrooke does run courses for other specific age groups.


What if I can’t afford to come to Woodbrooke?

Anyone aged 18-30 is entitled to use our  special offer which entitles them to book onto a course with a 50% discount; further details can be found here.


How can I suggest a course to run at Woodbrooke?

Please get in touch with the Programmes Team by emailing


Is Woodbrooke doing anything specially for other age groups?

Some of Woodbrooke’s courses are for particular age groups, for example, 12-15s, 20-40, people of working age or for people around the age of 60.  Almost all of our courses are open to anyone aged 18 and above.