Quaker Service was pioneered and developed by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and has been providing support for people in Northern Ireland going through difficult times since 1969. Our ethos is guided by Quaker beliefs and values. Quakers believe that there is a divine spark in everyone and this fundamental belief leads us to value the equal worth and unique nature of each person.
By delivering practical, social and emotional support services that value and empower people just where they are, we play our part in reducing violence, suffering and disadvantage. Our work is often with those in our society who are the most forgotten, unpopular or sometimes viewed as “undeserving”. Simply put, we endeavour to make love visible.
Throughout Quaker Service, we evidence three key outcomes, namely: (1) increased self-worth and confidence, (2) improved social and life skills and (3) enhanced mutual understanding and respect in those with whom we work.
We do this by (a) providing support in difficult times, (b) listening and giving voice, (c) responding to new needs and (d) strengthening governance and resourcing.
Our two key services are:
Quaker Cottage; a whole-community family day care centre delivering a range of therapeutic services for mothers, children and teenagers in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Belfast.
Quaker Connections; a volunteer programme based at Maghaberry Prison, where people in prison establishments throughout Northern Ireland are supported by a range of befriending services.
We are also involved in a range of partnerships speaking on behalf of the most vulnerable in our communities as well as in the promotion of restorative philosophy and practices in all aspects of life and society across the island of Ireland.
Quaker Service aims to:
- relieve poverty, advance education and provide a direct service to prisoners and the families of prisoners
- relieve poverty, advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for the education, recreation and leisure-time occupation of families and individuals in need
- work towards the elimination of discrimination and promote equality of opportunity, and good relations between persons of different racial and religious groups
Established: January 1969
Board members: 10
Full time staff: 10
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 028 90201444
Address: 541 Lisburn Road BT9 7GQ