We had a brilliant Young Friends Friday in Bedminster in May – with a dozen people, loads of games, food and thoughtful discussion. We looked at different ways we can create change in the world – through campaigns and protests, finding new ways of doing things (and sometimes they are old ways – like getting on our bikes!) and changing values and perceptions. So far young Friends have identified interests in environmental and migration issues.
We considered the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol and started a dialogue with Finding Words, a writing for wellbeing group facilitated by Fiona Hamilton (Redland Meeting) which has been meeting since March. The group was set up in collaboration with Bristol Refugee Rights and Freedom From Torture and is supported by Quartet. Young Friends’ words are contributing to a spoken word piece performed by the group in Bristol Refugee Festival on 26 June. There will also be music from Sudan performed by oud duo Nabra and Kurdish songs from Syria performed by Dijwar & Jane.
Come along to the Finding Words performance in LARA Showcase at the New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel) 36 The Horsefair, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3JE on Wed 26 June 7pm – look out for more info on the Bristol Refugee Festival website www.bristolrefugeefestival.org/event/lara-showcase
Dates to add to your calendar:
14 June – Young Friends Friday at Central Meeting House, 6.30-8.30pm, contact email@example.com for more info
26 June – ‘Generations’, 7pm at the New Room, John Wesley Chapel. An evolving dialogue between residents of Bristol – young and old, life-long and recently arrived – aiming to create connection and community through sharing stories. Organised by LARA showcase as part of Bristol Refugee Week.
1 July – Youth Project Local Support Group BBQ at Bedminster – open to all Young Quakers and adult Quakers with an interest in joining the youth project steering group.
4 July – Open surgery with Paul Parker (Recording Clerk), 4-6pm at Horfield Meeting House. Organised by the Quaker Youth Project. Come and meet Paul Parker and share your questions with him directly.
4 July – Quaker Any Questions with Paul Parker (Recording Clerk) at Horfield Meeting House. Food and networking 6-7.15pm, event 7.30-9pm. Organised by the Quaker Youth Project. Other speakers include Rosie Thayer (Peace activist) and young Quakers ably compered by Mark Smalley. Please sign up for this event by clicking here.
13-14 July – Youth Residential at Hill House (near Stroud) – open to all 11-18 year olds (including those who are new to Quakers) – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Kirsty Philbrick, Youth Development Worker, Quaker Life
photo by Mary Jones