Our religious experience leads us to place a special value on truth, equality, simplicity and peace. These testimonies, as they are known, are lived rather than written. They lead Quakers to translate their faith into action by working locally and globally for social justice, to support peacemakers and care for the environment.
Central England Area Quaker Meeting is a registered charity and each year is required to file the Trustees Annual Report and Accounts with the Charity Commission. A printed copy of this is available for the CEQ office or it can be accessed online on the Charity Commission website. This document is 40 pages so trustees produce a shorter version with pictures and in colour: view the 2019 summary report.
Central England Quakers have established several professionally-run organisations to help carry out our work in the world.
Peacemakers - Peacemakers educates for peace. Our highly experienced trainers work with both school staff and pupils to develop skills, knowledge, behaviour and systems that develop peaceful learning environments. Peace Hub - Pop in, get a cuppa, take action for peace & justice. Peace Hub is a friendly, shop-style space, focussed on peace & justice. We believe that a just & peaceful world is possible if we work together. The Priory Rooms - Conveniently located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, The Priory Rooms is a great place for holding business meetings, conferences, training courses, talks or bespoke events. The Hope Project - The Hope Project is an agency offering consultancy and training in peace building skills and the creative handling of conflict. In Belarus, Ukraine, and Uganda, we helped to introduce and develop peace education in schools. Oak Tree House - Oak Tree House’s purpose is to provide a caring residential community offering shelter and fulfillment, informed by Quaker values, to Friends and others in their retirement. Woodlands Quaker Home - Woodlands Quaker Home is a non-profit home for older people owned and managed by Quakers, two and a half miles from Wolverhampton City Centre.
Central England Quakers also put our faith into action by appointing people to join committees: these meet regularly to organise our work and help Quakers in Central England live out our faith.
Asylum Group - Quakers believe that there is ‘that of God in everyone’: this leads us to work to welcome those seeking sanctuary into our community, and to challenge the ‘hostile environment’ for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The purpose of Read More ... Christmas Parcels Appeal - Christmas can be a difficult time for families of people in prison, asylum seekers & refugees, and other vulnerable people. The Christmas parcels appeal seeks to offer support and friendship at this time by providing food parcels. Each year an Read More ... Community Justice Group - ‘Community Justice’ means being concerned for all our neighbours, especially the more vulnerable and ostracised to ensure Justice for all, not just the mighty. It can be described as the strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, but Quakers Read More ... CEQ Climate Emergency Action - CEQ Climate Emergency Action (CEA) helps Quakers in Central England to respond to the climate emergency in our own lives, as a community, and by working for systemic change. The group is made up of four sub-committees, each with a Read More ...
Other Quaker Projects
There are several other projects in the Central England region that are run fully or partly by Quakers, but are not formally part of Central England Area Meeting
ecobirmingham - ecobirmingham is a charity that aims to help create a sustainable city, inspire positive change and build stronger communities. Created in 2009 as Northfield Ecocentre (a project of Central England Quakers) ecobirmingham became an independent charity in July 2018. Redditch Friends Housing Association - Redditch Friends Housing Association is a small family friendly, community based charity, established in 1973. The Housing Association grew from the zeal of a small number of Quakers, who were driven at that time to address the needs of single Read More ... Woodbrooke - A Quaker study centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Woodbrooke’s learning programmes seek to support, inform and transform Quakers and others as individuals and communities.