Alison Breadon currently worships at Frandley Meeting in Cheshire, where her two teens attend sporadically too. Alison was brought up a Quaker, and has been part of 6 or 7 fairly varied Local Meetings across the country. She has served in a range of roles at Local and Area level, including Local Meeting Clerk, Elder, Area Meeting nominations, Churches Together rep and Children’s committee – although not the tea rota (yet). They enjoy Jordan’s Quaker Camp each year as a family.
Alison was involved with the Leaveners (Quaker performing/participatory and youth arts charity) from 1990 onwards, as a participant, volunteer, committee member and full time as the national Coordinator for 5 years. She regularly attends Yearly Meeting, also with her children, and has served on Arrangements Committee, Central Nominations Committee (CNC) and as CNC clerk. Her favourite Quaker role ever has been serving as a Trustee for Quakers in Britain – an absolute joy.
Professionally, Alison currently runs the Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service, a Rape Crisis centre supporting survivors of sexual violence – her role is general charity management, strategy and fundraising. She has worked as a fundraiser for a mental health charity, as an arts officer within the Deaf Community, for the probation service, and has also spent time at home caring for her family. Alison’s training, at the Royal College of Art, and the Ruskin School in Oxford, was in bronze sculpture. This comes to mind more often than you might expect.