Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network Rules and Constitution

Adopted 30 June 2007, amended on 13 April 2013, and 18 July 2020

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network is a national network of Quakers with a concern about people seeking asylum, refugees and others in need of international protection. QARN is a Quaker Recognised Body within Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers.)

Aims:

  • To support each other as Friends acting under concern;
  • To keep Friends in our meetings up to date with developments and to work to convince British Quakers that a principled critique of current asylum policy and practice grounded in experience and action should be part of our corporate Quaker witness in keeping with our testimony to equality.
  • To guide Britain Yearly Meeting now that Sufferings have accepted that Asylum is a concern, to help them to work for justice and compassion in our asylum and immigration system.

Activities: As required to meet the above aims.

Membership: Any Friend or attender is eligible to attend our meetings. Others may be invited to attend, normally as observers.

Meetings: These are held as and when required, normally quarterly, and at least once a year. (Annual General Meeting).  These are publicised through the E-mail group at least a month in advance, and must be attended by at least 6 Friends or attenders to be quorate.

Officers: The meeting appoints a Steering Group of 4* people, and a Treasurer. Each officer normally serves for 3 years. However, the meeting may end any appointment at an earlier date, or reappoint at the end of a 3 year period. No-one may serve in the same post for more than 6 years.

The meeting may appoint any sub-committee as and when required, and may also lay down any sub-committee.

Accounts: The financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Accounts are presented to a meeting in the following year, and are sent to Britain Yearly Meeting for information. Information on our finances is also given to Britain Yearly Meeting on request.

Bank accounts: We have an account with Reliance Bank. We have four signatories. Two signatures are required on all payments. Those present at the Annual General Meeting should be reminded of the names of cheque signatories, and changes can be agreed at the AGM, or by officers and confirmed at a quarterly meeting if changes are needed at other times.

Winding up: If the Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network ceases to exist (i.e. does not have at least one meeting a year) or it is decided at a meeting of Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network to cease to exist, then any funds go to Britain Yearly Meeting. BYM are asked, if practical, to use the money for work on asylum.

Contact details: Website – www.qarn.org.uk


Additional information:

Other contact details that may be subject to change:

E-mail address – info@qarn.org.uk

Phone: 07751 888391 (Sheila Mosley)

Postal address: c/o Sheila Mosley, Leicester Quakers, 16, Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1WP

Email Group: We keep in contact through an E-mail group – Anyone wishing to join the group should email Sheila Mosley at info@qarn.org.uk

As at January 2018, Rosemary Crawley became our Treasurer. In April 2018 we moved from Nationwide Bank to the Reliance Bank.

In line with modern technology, we are now able to process transactions over the internet, and one of the following signatories are required, to approve any expenditure in addition to the Treasurer: Fred Ashmore, Barbara Forbes and Sheila Mosley