Quaker Social Action is an independent charity founded 150 years ago as the Bedford Institute Association.
Originally inspired by the Quaker philanthropist Peter Bedford we changed our name to Quaker Social Action in 1998.
We are a charity that is always evolving in order to provide the right level of support, at the right time, in the right way. Our mission and our values, however, remain constant:
- We enable people on low incomes in east London and across the UK to seek solutions to the issues affecting their lives.
- To do this we listen and respond to the needs of the community by running practical, sustainable and collaborative projects.
- We share our work with others when it is clear that it has the potential to bring benefits to communities outside of our own.
We deliver a fifth of our work across the UK. The rest of our time is spent working in London. Our work has three levels:
- Working directly with people in need.
- Training other professionals who work with people in need
- Campaigning for change on a national level
Much of what we do is designed to have an impact beyond the person we work with directly, providing benefit to their families, households and communities. What we do matters, but how we do it matters too — our focus is on the person not the problem. We believe that people in poverty are the real poverty experts.