Humanists UK - Think for yourself, act for everyone

At Humanists UK, we want a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We work to support lasting change for a better society, championing ideas for the one life we have.

We do this because we’re humanists, people who shape our own lives in the here and now, because we believe it’s the only life we get.

Our work helps people be happier and more fulfilled, and by bringing non-religious people together we help them develop their own views and an understanding of the world around them.

We’re committed to putting humanism into practice. Through our ceremonies, pastoral support, education services, and campaigning work, we advance free thinking and freedom of choice so everyone can live in a fair and equal society.

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We started out in 1896, and since then we’ve always been a growing movement at the forefront of social change. Today we’re trusted by over 60,000 members and supporters and over 70 local and special interest affiliates to promote humanism.

We put humanism into practice through effective campaigning and services, supporting lasting change for happier, more fulfilling lives. Our policies are informed with the support of over 150 of the UK’s most prominent philosophers, scientists, and other thinkers and experts and we seek to advance them with the help of over 100 parliamentarians in membership of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. We bring like-minded people together to make change happen, and we strive to be their voice in public debate, drawing on contemporary humanist thought and the worldwide humanist tradition.

We’ve been conducting non-religious funerals, weddings, and baby-namings for 120 years. Our highly trained celebrants are the best you’ll find anywhere, and they support individuals to create authentic, bespoke ceremonies that put people and their stories at the heart of every occasion.

We also help vulnerable people easily access like-minded and effective non-religious pastoral support that is specially tailored to work for them. Our trained and accredited non-religious pastoral support volunteers operate across hospitals, prisons, and the armed forces.

If you want to support us in our work, please do join or donate. We are dependant on charitable giving to continue our work.

Humanists UK is a trading name of the British Humanist Association. We are a charitable company, formed in 1896 and incorporated in 1928. Our governing document is our Articles of Association, which can be viewed here.

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    The UK Government has revealed that it has received 14 applications for a new capital funding scheme designed to allow a wave of new, 100% religiously selective, voluntary aided (VA) schools to open in England. Humanists UK has now identified a number of those proposals, and can reveal they include Catholic, Church of England, Muslim, and Jewish bids.

  • Government says new VA schools can convert to academies, thus circumventing 50% cap

    The UK Government has given the green light for new, 100% religiously selective voluntary aided (VA) schools to immediately convert to academies once opened, allowing them to bypass the 50% cap restricting how many students they can discriminate against if they opened as academies to start with, whilst still receiving 100% of their funding from the state.

  • Humanist marriages least likely to end in divorce, official statistics reveal

    Couples married in a humanist ceremony are almost four times less likely to divorce compared with all other types of marriages, according to new official statistics on marriage and divorce data in Scotland released today. The data comes as a new poll, also released today, shows clear majority support and growing demand for legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales.

  • Opt-out organ donation law to save hundreds of lives, says Humanists UK

    A new opt-out organ donation law that will automatically opt people in England in to donate their organs has passed the UK Parliament today, meaning thousands more lives will be saved under the new system.

  • Humanists UK welcomes Government guidance on RSE

    "After over fifty years of campaigning for RSE for all children and young people, we are delighted that the Government has announced it will introduce compulsory relationships education for primary pupils, and relationships and sex education for secondary pupils in all schools."

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