British Quaker Survey

Believing and Belonging in Britain Yearly Meeting

Many of us are very interested in where British Quakerism is at present and what its future may hold but we often lack very basic information about who we are and what we believe. This survey, following one we ran in 1990, 2003 and 2013, is a vital piece of that information-gathering.

About the Survey

There are five sections to the survey. In the first, we ask you about your religious background and upbringing, and your introduction to Quakerism.  In the second, we ask about your religious beliefs. The third section explores your attitudes to Quaker practice, the fourth ideas about the world. The fifth section asks basic questions about yourself. Some questions have been borrowed from other surveys so we can compare Friends’ responses with the wider population.

The survey is quite long and may take up to half an hour to complete but previous experience is that many people have found it helpful in helping them think through their ideas. We hope and trust you find it an interesting and fulfilling exercise. We want everyone to complete the survey: all those worshiping with Quakers across Britain (online or in-person / member or attender) or considering themselves Quaker. Please share the link, and please see if you can help those without internet access to complete the survey. Please ask others in your worshipping community if they have already completed the survey.

At the end, you can volunteer to be one of about thirty people we hope to interview later. All the results will be held anonymously and confidentially. If you are not based in Britain or connected to a British Quaker Meeting please don’t complete the survey at this time – we are planning a worldwide survey of Quakers in 2024. The deadline for the survey has been extended to 14 November. 

The data from the survey will be analysed as part of a CRQS PhD project and the results will be made widely available through Woodbrooke courses and publications.

Taking the survey

We offer the survey via an online form which you can find below; the survey site uses cookies but you can manage these as you would any website.

Take the Survey of Believing and Belonging in Britain Yearly Meeting

For more information email

For Friends in your meeting who don’t have internet access, there is an option to print the form and return it to the address below.

Download the Paper Copy of the Survey

If you do not have access to a printer you can call 0121 728 2360 to request that a paper copy to be posted to you.

Please mail paper responses to:

The Woodbrooke Office
Fircroft College of Adult Education
1018 Bristol Road
B29  6LH

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