The Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) is a Quaker Recognised Body of Britain Yearly Meeting (opens in new window). We are working towards full inclusion of people with disabilities and carers in all aspects of Quaker life. We see this as part of the Quaker testimony to equality.
Annual General Meeting
to be held online at Yearly Meeting Gathering on 25 July 2021 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
Agenda (Speech to text transcription will be provided)
2:30 pm Welcome and opening worship
Introduction: Participating in an online meeting
- Appointment of Elders for the AGM
- QDEG annual accounts for 2020 – for approval
- Annual Report, 2020-21 – for approval
- Nominations and committee membership for 2021/22
Disability Equality during lockdown: how was it for you?
Facilitated by Adrian Couper and Erica Thomas
Share your experiences: There are plusses and minuses for disabled people in creating online meetings and events. For some Friends, they enable participation which would not otherwise be possible, but others are excluded. For example, some Friends can attend Meeting online, when previously they were prevented, but others cannot access worship. They may not have the technology, or are blind or deaf, for example. We should aim to find ways to include them.
Thanks, and Farewells
We are engaged with other organisations to:
working to make Quaker literature, websites and buildings more accessible;
running courses and workshops in partnership with Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre (opens in new window)
providing mutual support through an email network
Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quakerdisabilityequality/ (opens in a new window/tab).
The Quaker Disability Equality Group (QDEG) upholds all Friends (and others) everywhere, who are concerned for their health and well being at this time, especially as the pandemic appears to disproportionately affect people with pre-existing conditions.
We know that many disabled people are finding it a distressing time. Family members, neighbours and friends are also concerned that a personal visit may not be helpful to those with additional health needs. A chat on the phone (old style or mobile) email, WhatsApp or Skype may offer a happy window of communication keep happiness warm and flag up any urgent support needs
We ask all Meetings to reach out to those Friends who are prevented from attending Meeting for Worship and offer whatever support and assistance they can.
We know that some Area and Local Meetings are arranging to hold online Meetings for Worship via Zoom or other applications, but where that is not possible, we suggest that the Woodbrooke online Meetings for Worship may provide an alternative. The link may be found at: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/?fbclid=IwAR3mw5S8PLQkc–Ap0nrjap8FZuybTRNla7G-SPlH7LwoNJTdFnTP1ypVzs
AGM 2020 was held on 19 August
Stillness and silence
Last year a number disabled people expressed their difficulty in being comfortable in the silence of a Quaker Meeting. We sought the advice and guidance of QDEG members, who offered a number of suggestions. These have been collated into one document, which may be added to and amended should other suggestions come forwards. This is now held within our Resources Section (opens in a new window), as “Suggestions to help find stillness and silence in Quaker Meeting for Worship“. It is available as a Word and as a pdf document. We hope Friends will find it helpful.
Talking Friends: appeal for new committee member
Talking Friends provides audio versions of The Friend and Friends Quarterly, to Friends and others with sight loss. The Association is looking for a visually impaired committee member as Alan Johnson is standing down after many years. The Committee meets four times a year – three times by Skype, and then at the Priory Rooms, Bull Street, Birmingham, for the AGM, usually in April or May. There are funds available for travel expenses and subsistence.
For more information, please contact Alan at: email@example.com
Some very useful hints and tips have been prepared by the Scottish Churches’ Disability Group (opens in a new window).
Our stall at the 2019 Yearly Meeting Groups Fair
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QDEG started in 2008 in response to a concern of West Scotland Area Meeting, which arose in turn from pioneering work in the 1990s and several Woodbrooke gatherings.