Supporting local causes
Broadly speaking, humanists champion causes and campaigns that support freedom of religion, belief, speech, thought and expression more generally. Humanists work for an open society and a secular state with no religious privilege or discrimination based on religion or belief. Humanists also seek an evidence-based approach to public ethical issues.
As a group, Gloucestershire Humanists support the following causes:
(1) We are members of Gloucestershire Hate Crime under the auspices of Victim Support who host the Gloucestershire Hate Crime Reporting Line. This service encourages anyone who has experienced targeted victimisation because of any aspect of their identity or perceived identity, to report it, anonymously if preferred.
(2) We are an ally of the LGBT+ Partnership, a support group for the LGBT+ community within Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and beyond.
The LGBT+ Partnership promotes, advances, and celebrates LGBT+ equality and inclusion by delivering activities and events that supports local LGBT+ groups and organisations .
(3) As a group we supporting a local cause as part of our Charity of the Year initiative. In 2020-2021, we fundraised for Cheltenham Open Door, raising over £1500. Given the effect of the pandemic on people’s lives, we’ve chosen to continue to support this group for 2021-22.
Cheltenham Open Door supports vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people. They work to relieve poverty, hardship and social or emotional distress. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, we have been holding virtual breakfast meetings, where we have asked attendees to donate what they would have paid for breakfast. If you would like to donate to our fundraiser, please click here.