QAAD Events

Our events are opportunities for Friends to meet for mutual support and to deepen our understanding of harm and hope relating to substance use and gambling.

Details of future events will be available on this page and in QAADRANT. If you would like to be added to the events contact list, please forward your details to Alison Mather. If you would be interested in holding a QAADNET meeting for their Local or Area Meeting, please call or email Alison to discuss this further.

‘Among Us’: Saturday 10th February, 10:30 – 15:30 Cardiff Meeting House

This will be our first in-person QAADNET meeting in 2024, and the first we have held in Wales. Our opening speaker, Andrew Misell (Cardiff LM and QAAD Trustee) is the Director for Wales at Alcohol Change UK. He will talk about the need for Quakers to consider the experience of Friends affected by alcohol, drug and/or gambling problems, and how we might respond with greater compassion and understanding within and beyond our Meetings.

‘Yn Ein Plith’ : Sadwrn 10fed Chwefror, 10:30 – 15:30, Tŷ Cwrdd Caerdydd

Hwn fydd ein cyfarfod QAADNET wyneb-yn-wyneb cyntaf yn 2024, a’r un cyntaf i ni ei gynnal yng Nghymru. Andrew Misell (Cwrdd Lleol Caerdydd ac un o Ymddiriedolwyr QAAD) yw Cyfarwyddwr Cymru Alcohol Change UK ac efe fydd ein siaradwr gwadd. Bydd yn sôn am yr angen i Grynwyr ystyried profiadau Cyfeillion sy’n byw gyda phroblemau alcohol, cyffuriau a/neu gamblo, a sut gallwn ni ymateb yn fwy cariadus a meddylgar y tu fewn i’n Cyrddau a’r tu hwnt.

If you would like to attend, please contact Alison by Friday 9th February. Please note this event will not be available to attend online.

QAAD Conference 2024: Launde Abbey, Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July

We are very pleased to confirm that we will hold our next residential conference in Summer 2024. All Friends are welcome, particularly those with personal or family experience, and those who have a professional or spiritual interest. Traditionally, our conferences were held at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, but with the announcement of its sad closure, we are exploring alternative venues. Full details will be provided in due course.


QAADNET meetings have a theme, and sometimes a speaker, and are open to all interested Friends. In particular, they provide support for those personally affected by harm resulting from substance use or gambling.

We cover a wide range of subjects, reflecting the interests and concerns of those attending, for example: personal experience; spiritual upholding; counselling; criminal justice; homelessness; residential treatment; medical settings; day-care; employment/ training; education; working with young Friends – and young Friends themselves.

Click here to read an article which gives an insight into the character of a QAADNET meeting.

Past Events – recordings and details

‘No blame, no shame’ – 11 January 2024

We started the year with an online QAADNET meeting featuring a talk by Patsy Staddon (Bristol AM). Patsy finally stopped drinking in 1988 after what she describes as ‘a disastrous 20 years’, and went on to run Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS) charity in Bristol for several years. She spoke about the challenges she faced in early recovery and her reflections on how addictive tendencies  of different kinds continued to be an issue for her in the years that followed. She went on to discuss the impact of defining alcohol addiction as a social construct.

A recording of Patsy Staddon’s talk will be posted here shortly.

‘Moving On – Supporting people in early recovery to rebuild their lives’ – April 2022

In April 2022, we welcomed Brajna Greenhalgh (MSc Psychology, counsellor and post-graduate researcher, Bangor University) as our speaker. Brajna described ‘Moving On in My Recovery’, a cognative behavioural programme piloted in Wales, designed to support people in early recovery to develop resilience and rebuild their lives. She highlighted the important role of people with lived experience who were involved both in the design and co-delivery of the programme. She went on to give details of two related programmes which encourage people who are considering treatment to take the next step, and programme’s mobile app which is available to download free of charge. To view Brajna’s presentation slides, please click here.

Further information about all three programmes and the app can be found here:

QAADNET: Faith in Recovery?

Saturday 4th December 2021
We were pleased to be joined by Dr Andrew Williams (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Cardiff University) who provided the introductory talk for the meeting. He outlined the findings of research that he and his colleagues have conducted into faith-based alcohol treatment. This raised serious concerns about some treatment providers’ approaches and the ethical and health implications they have for highly vulnerable residents.

Special Interest Group: ‘How does our faith help us to understand and respond to addiction?’

Monday 2nd August 2021

Andrew Misell (Director for Wales, Alcohol Change UK and Cardiff LM) was our speaker at this Special Interest Group. The focus of his talk ‘What’s faith got to do with it?’ was on ‘faith as expressed in service’ and that people are important – all people. Andrew reflected on what faith means to him in the context of substance and addiction, based on his personal thoughts as a Quaker and drawing on his professional experience of working for a national charity concerned with these issues.

QAAD Webinar: ‘The Nature of the Beast – addiction and how we can stand up to it’

Saturday 23rd January 2021
QAAD’s first online event took place on Saturday 23rd January. The 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.  

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