Frequently Asked Questions
"[Our daughter] suffered from an eating disorder. With the support of her psychiatrist, funded by The Benevolent Fund, she undertook bariatric surgery three years ago. I’m sure you will understand the immense help this has been to her self-image and the beneficial effects on her physical health. Let us say how indebted we are for the help of The Retreat Benevolent Fund which it is no exaggeration to say has made a life and death difference. Without that help we are sure that [our daughter] would no longer be with us."
The Retreat is a charitable, not-for-profit provider of specialist mental health care. They work closely with the NHS to provide services for people with complex and challenging needs in an open, calming environment designed to enable recovery and independence.
The Retreat was established over 200 years ago and was the first place where people with mental health problems were treated humanely and with dignity and respect.
The Retreat has a long-standing reputation for excellence and for providing care and treatment of the highest quality. They believe that successful therapeutic relationships are based on respect, dignity and tolerance and they ensure the voice of the people who use their services along with their friends, families and carers are given every opportunity to be heard.
The Retreat York is the first psychiatric hospital ever to be designed on humane grounds, to treat people as people, in a homely setting. Built over 200 years ago – they are very proud of their long-standing reputation for excellence and for providing care and treatment of the highest quality.
The Retreat is a collection of specialised mental health and learning disability units. It also has an out-patient unit. It is a separate charity and run by a Board, the majority of whom are Quakers.
The Retreat Benevolent Fund is a separate charity originally set up to support Quakers in straightened circumstances to gain inpatient and outpatient help from The Retreat. The Benevolent fund is run by a Trustees all of whom are Quakers.
In addition to offering help to individuals, we also consider applications for grants which directly support activities related to Quakers in Mental Health. This could be supporting the cost of a project manager leading an initiative, the cost of hosting an event, or support for another charity, all of which must be directly associated with Quakers interested in the treatment, care, research and management of mental health related issues.
The funds held by the Benevolent Fund (which is a separate registered charity) are entirely separate from The Retreat’s finances.
Quakerism is almost 400 years old. It's the common name for the Religious Society of Friends. It grew out of Christianity, but we find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions. We recognise that there's something transcendent and precious in every person. Different Quakers use different words to describe this, but we all believe we can be in contact with it and encounter something beyond our individual selves.
Quakers don't use traditional religious structures or paid ministers. We share responsibility for what we do because everyone has a valuable contribution to make.
Quaker meetings for worship can be held anywhere, at any time. Every meeting begins in silence. We use it to open ourselves to the wisdom that comes out of stillness. It enriches us and shapes us, individually and collectively. This is what we mean by 'worship'. You can read more about it here, but the only way to understand it fully is to go to a meeting.
For more information, please visit www.quaker.org.uk
Yes. You do not need to be a Quaker to apply for a grant. The only criteria for funding is that it should match our charitable objectives. If you are applying for a Project Grant, then the project must bring benefits to Quakers or those closely associated with Quakers.
Yes. You do not need to be a formal Member of The Religious Society of Friends to apply for a grant. The only criteria for funding is that it should match our charitable objectives.
If you are applying for a Project Grant, then the application must be supported by a Member of a Meeting.
Yes. The criteria for funding needs to match our charitable objectives.
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