Friends House update: 17 April 2020

Friends,

We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at this time.

Over the past few weeks, the board of directors and I have been focused on looking after our people and considering best how we can protect our teams jobs during this unprecedented situation. 

After much reflection, we have taken the decision to access the Government's Coronavirus job retention scheme and will be furloughing almost all of our team both at Friends House and Swarthmoor hall, where the majority of staff are unable to undertake their customer facing roles at this time.

In making the decision we have considered the needs of staff on our lower grades and we are aware that treating staff equitably may not mean that all staff are treated equally. We will be topping up those that are being furloughed to 100% of their salary up to the government threshold. 

We value every member of our team and are clear that anyone whom is furloughed is both valued as individual and for what they do for the organisation.     

This leaves us with a small core team that are working remotely, performing some necessary functions such as being a point of contact with yourselves. If you have any questions about forthcoming eventsor are looking to book future meetings, our sales team can be contacted in the usual way (events@quaker.org.uk).

Can I take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks for all the lovely messages of support that we have been receiving and for those whom have worked with us to rearranged bookings for a future date.

Your continued support and loving words mean everything to the team and myself and we are looking forward to the time that we can throw open our doors and say ‘Welcome Friend’.

In friendship

Paul Grey
CEO Quiet Company

To read more about this from Britain Yearly Meeting, please visit https://www.quaker.org.uk/news-and-events/news/quakers-furlough-staff-to-protect-jobs-and-services.