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A memorial to commemorate the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and the Friends Relief Service has been built at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

It presents  the Religious Society of Friends and what Quakers  stand for to millions of people in the UK and abroad, and provide a space for reflection and silent worship.

Its simple structure in stone brings to mind a meeting for worship. The circular seating serves as a setting for contemplation and expresses our vision of reconciliation in times of conflict. Wording carved on the seats  illustrates Friends’ commitment and witness to peace.

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As part of the Manchester Histories Festival, two free workshops for teachers will be   held  from 3–7pm, Friday, 28 March 2014

Workshop 1: Jenny Carson, author of the Quaker Service teacher’s resource will be exploring how humanitarianism, assistance for refugees, pacifism and peace can be integrated across the curriculum. This workshop is specifically aimed at KS3/4 teachers, but all are welcome to attend.

Workshop 2: will explore the methodologies of Musicians without Borders and cross-curricular work with music and creativity with refugee, asylum seeker and Roma children

Both events will be held at Central Manchester Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester. To book a free place please email jenccarson@yahoo.co.uk.

This teachers’ resource uses the service provided by Quakers as an example through which to explore the wider issues of humanitarianism, refugee assistance, pacifism and peace. The resources are free. Our Education page gives further details.

QSMT wishes to make contact with as many survivng FAU and FRS members or their families as possible. The trust has contact already with a number of families but there are many more we have not heard from. more