What we do

By nature, humanists tend to be people who are concerned and actively engaged in social and equality issues. This is certainly the case with Gloucestershire Humanists in terms of our group activities and our members’  individual commitments.

As a group, Gloucestershire Humanists is currently active in four main areas.

1. Education and School Speaking

We are always delighted to visit (in-person or virtually) local schools and colleges to talk about humanism and non-religious perspectives. We are also active members of SACRE—the local committee that sets the RE syllabus and monitors collective worship—please see our education page for more information.

2. Hospital  and Prison Chaplaincy

For many years we have had a named representative who acts as a humanist ‘chaplain’ when one is requested by a patient at a local hospital. This initiative is organised through the Spiritual Care team at Gloucestershire NHS Trust.

3. Supporting Local Community Activities

We support various local community activities and fundraise on an annual basis for a nominated ‘Charity of the Year’. Further details of these activities can be found here.

4. Members’ Own Community Activities

Our members have a wide range of interests between them including art, music, literature, languages, horticulture, politics, and motorsport! 

At present, members are involved in a personal capacity as school governors, pastoral care workers, as committee members of other local interest groups, panel members for school admission appeals, as active members of pressure groups such as Dignity In Dying and for environmental charities.  Our members actively campaign on local issues relating to faith schools and the recognition of humanist weddings.

Our member Richard lays a wreath on behalf of Defence Humanists at Cheltenham’s remembrance service.