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, and that a rational approach to public ethical issues in order to contribute to a public life where decisions are made on evidence rather than on the basis of irrational beliefs or religious doctrines.
Gloucestershire Humanists support the following causes:
(1) We are members of ‘Glos 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) Supporting a local cause as part of our Charity of the Year initiative. For 2020-2021, we have been fundraising for Cheltenham Open Door.
Cheltenham Open Door supports vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people. We are working 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. So far we have raised over £1500. If you would like to donate to our fundraiser, please click here.