Quakers have run Venue40 as part of our community involvement since 1989. From this time all our profits have gone to charity. Each year we support registered charities which work in at least one of the following areas: social service, ecology, a 'Majority World' nation, Scotland. We usually support each for a period of three years and in recent years have supported each with amounts in excess of £1000.



Aid & Abet

Aid & Abet brings together a group of people who have been in prison and are working through recovery. They have designed and set up the project, and provide the mentoring service. The project went live in March 2015, meeting the first person leaving HMP Edinburgh and helping him to find somewhere to stay. Since then there have been around 70 referrals. Mentors meet people who are referred while still in prison, and then again at the point they are released. They stick with them during those first crucial days, helping them find their feet and stick with the plans they have made. This can include chumming them to fellowships or other recovery support. The main thing is that they are a point of contact whenever it's needed. Aid & Abet works alongside other organisations, including the Police Scotland VOW project. The work is led and delivered by people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system, and are in recovery from addiction.

Scottish Registered Charity no SC046322.



Mary's Meals

Mary’s Meals is focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children, while boosting the country’s wider economy. The school feeding programmes are owned and run by community volunteers in the countries where they provide food.

Scottish Registered Charity No. SC045223

Quaker work in Britain and abroad

Quakers are active in work for peace and justice and reconciliation and relief work both in this country and around the world. As a relatively small and non-hierarchical organisation, much of our work is done on a voluntary basis, but we also employ staff both to administer our work and to deliver it. Religiously, we are a non-evangelical, open and tolerant community, believing that actions speak louder than words.