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. Click on ‘Woodbrooke and Young Adults’ below for courses which might be of particular interest. 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.


Young Adult Friends Retreat (18-35) Fri 30 March – Mon 2 April 2018

Chris Venables and Elsie Whittington

With opportunities to explore spiritual practice, including through creativity, contemplation, music, movement and words, it will nourish and encourage us on our journeys. There will be options for extended worship, time alone and time sharing with others.


Quaker Discipleship: What is it? Fri 20 – Sun 22 April 2018

Ruth Wilde and Michael Eccles

This course will take you deeper into the roots of Quaker belief and testimony. We will also consider Jesus’ teachings and how they relate to Quakerism today and we will go on to explore what discipleship means in other faith traditions. We will finish by thinking about how our Quaker discipleship translates into positive action in the world.



Equipping for Disability Equality Fri 17 – Sun 19 August 2018

Beccy Talmy and Esther Leighton

This course will equip meetings to understand and meet legal obligations and key disability rights ideas with joy, celebration and creativity, highlighting links to Quakerism. Tutors will share personal experience of using the Equality Act 2010, and its strengths and limitations as a tool for disability equality.


Transgress & Transcend: an exploration of gender and sex in the

Bible Fri 7 – Sun 9 Sep 2018

Peterson Toscano

While the Bible has been used by some to harm others, there are potential peaceful interpretations of the ancient texts, including those that support LGBTQ lives. Using a variety of methods participants will study, and explore Bible stories especially relevant to sexual and gender minorities.


Feminism, Quakers and Wonder Woman Fri 28 – Sun 30 Sep 2018

Maud Grainger and Vic Grainger

What do we think of a system that named Wonder Woman as a girls empowerment ambassador for the UN? Could we have made it up? This course investigates the connections between Quakerism and Feminism, taking examples from Quaker history.

Applications for YALP are now closed.


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.