QAAD: Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs


QAAD will be present at this year’s online Yearly Gathering on two dates. We hope to see new Friends and familiar faces.

Groups Fair: Saturday 24th July 14:30 – 16:00

This online event will be run in the same way as the face to face events in previous years. Our Director and two QAAD trustees will be available for informal conversations with Friends. If you would like to find out more about our work, to discuss how QAAD could support your Local or Area Meeting, or to talk about a concern you have related to substance use or gambling, please visit our ‘stall’. We look forwarding to meeting you.

Although personal issues cannot be addressed on the day, our Director will be happy to arrange to speak to Friends individually following the event.

QAADNET: Faith and Addiction Monday 2nd August 12:30 – 13:30

This event will be provide a safe, confidential space for Friends to share their experiences of substance misuse, gambling addiction or both – personally and/or as a family member or friend. We hope to discuss how our faith has supported us during times of crisis and longer-term.  Friends wishing to deepen their understanding of these experiences are also welcome. We are pleased to confirm that Andrew Misell (Cardiff LM/Alcohol Change UK) will give a short introduction for this session.

Please note that the maximum number of participants is 20 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We will consider running a second meeting later this year if the BYG session is oversubscribed. If you are unable to book a place, please contact our Director, Alison Mather:

The Nature of the Beast – addiction and how we can stand up to it


QAAD’s first online event took place on Saturday 23rd January. The two hour webinar was attended by 45 participants from across the country and abroad.

Our guest speaker was the leading addictions academic, clinical psychologist and author Professor Jim Orford, (Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology, Birmingham University).  Jim spoke about the key factors which drive addiction, drawing on his many years’ experience, research and campaigning.  

The webinar is now available to view below or on our YouTube channel:   

If you would like further information about Jim and his work please visit:  and

We are planning to run further online events during 2021, details of which will be given on this website and in future issues of QAADRANT.