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Festive Social

17/12/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Festive Social

Time to sign up for this year’s virtual Festive Social! We’ve all gotten pretty good at using Zoom during the pandemic, so we plan to use these skills to host a quiz, play a few party games, enjoy some seasonal music and readings, and much more. If you have any special Zoom game requests, just let us know and we’ll do our best to add them in.

We can’t meet up as usual for a buffet and drinks, but you can have your own favourite holiday drink and food instead and enjoy them along with everyone else during the refreshment break. We’re sad we can’t try everyone’s offerings, but this promises to be a fun substitute.

Whilst there is no ticket charge, we do hope to boost the funds of our Charity of the Year, Crisis Skylight, by inviting you to donate to it instead. You can do so with just a few clicks by visiting our JustGiving page for Crisis Skylight Newcastle.

The party will be Thursday December 17th at 7:00pm.

To request a Zoom invitation, send your name to Susan Walker at northeasthumanist@gmail.com.

We really look forward to spending the evening with you all!



Home Education: Solution or Problem?

19/11/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Home Education: Solution or Problem?

Before the current pandemic, about 1% of UK school children were home educated. Their parents had exercised their legal right to do so, but these rights come with responsibilities. Whilst many home schooling parents make significant personal and financial sacrifices to ensure that the needs of their children are met, some do not. In this talk, Liz Armstrong will discuss the extent of home education, explore the reasons why numbers (pre-Covid) have been increasing, and critically describe the legislative and administrative procedures which are in place to manage it. Now that schools are reopening, early indications suggest that home schooling has increased significantly, making these issues more relevant and urgent than ever.

Liz Armstrong is a trustee of North East Humanists and a longtime member. She worked as a teacher in secondary schools for 15 years and then spent 13 years as a Local Authority Education Advisor contributing to the monitoring of home education. She has also spent the last few months supporting the education of her granddaughter at home.

 

Who: Liz Armstrong

When: Thursday November 19th at 7 PM (Zoom opens at 6:45)

What: 45-minute online lecture plus plenty of time for interactive Q&A afterwards

How: Register using the following link:

Home Education Solution or Problem

 

You don’t need to be a member. All are welcome!

 

There is no charge to join us for this talk. However, if you would like to make a donation to our charity of the year as a thank you for the event, you can do so at our JustGiving page for Crisis Skylight Newcastle.



Richard Wilkinson: How More Equal Societies Improve Wellbeing

15/10/2020
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Richard Wilkinson: How More Equal Societies Improve Wellbeing

This lecture will focus on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor. It will show how inequality undermines feelings of self-worth, damages social relationships, and contributes to the heavy burden of stress and mental illness in rich developed countries. The material is taken from the The Inner Level, the new book by Wilkinson and Pickett, which shows that inequality is not merely about economics and living standards, but affects us all intimately, changing the nature of social life and reducing levels of confidence. It describes some of the social and psychological processes which lead to the increased rates of health and social problems shown in their earlier book, The Spirit Level.

Richard G. Wilkinson is a Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology. He wrote The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett, a best seller now available in 24 languages.  It won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. He co-founded The Equality Trust with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and in the last few years he has given many hundreds of conference addresses and media interviews around the world, including at WHO, the EU, OECD, and the World Bank. His latest book The Inner Level, also co-authored with Kate Pickett, was published in paperback in 2019.

Who:   Richard Wilkinson, Patron and Co-founder of The Equality Trust

When: Thursday October 15th at 7 PM (Zoom opens at 6:45)

What: 45-minute online lecture plus plenty of time for interactive Q&A afterwards

How:   Join us on Zoom using the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89631934722?pwd=OVNkdTZnQ3ViMUo0WVJhczh2WnpGdz09

Meeting ID: 896 3193 4722

Passcode: 968035

There is no charge to join us for this talk. However, if you would like to make a donation to our charity of the year as a thank you for the event, you can do so at our JustGiving page for Crisis Skylight Newcastle.



Treating Gambling Addiction

17/09/2020
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Treating Gambling Addiction

GambleAware is an independent charity tasked to fund research, education, and treatment services to help reduce gambling-related harms in Britain. Citizens Advice Gateshead have been commissioned by GambleAware to deliver the national Citizens Advice Gambling Support Service (GSS). In this talk, Evan Hook, the regional project lead for this work, will share some facts with us about gambling, and what can be done to reduce the harms associated with it.

 

Gambling-related harms are the adverse impacts from gambling on the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and society. We know that in Britain 430,000 people have a gambling problem and another 2 million are at risk of developing one. Reports tell us that 6-10 additional people can be directly affected by someone else’s gambling—putting the number that could be affected at 2.5-4.3 million. The Gambling Commission tells us that 370,000 11-16-year-olds are gambling with their own money and 25,000 are problem gamblers.

 

Who:   Evan Hook, Project Lead for Gambling Support Service in Gateshead

When: Thursday September 17th at 7 PM

What: 45-minute online lecture plus plenty of time for interactive Q&A afterwards

How:   Join us on Zoom using the following link:

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87640105450?pwd=dGV1eERNTEVRMnkwSTcvVzRjWmlPZz09

Meeting ID: 876 4010 5450    Passcode: 830489

 

There is no charge to join us for this talk. However, if you would like to make a donation to our charity of the year as a thank you for the event, you can do so at our JustGiving page for Crisis Skylight Newcastle.



The Humane League — Is the UK Really a Leader in Animal Welfare?

16/07/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Humane League — Is the UK Really a Leader in Animal Welfare?

Recent legislation in countries around the world are starting to put the UK’s animal welfare laws to shame. In the UK, we like to think of ourselves as the biggest animal lovers in the world, but as laws progress in other countries, we’re quickly beginning to lose our status.

This year in Brussels, for example, the government prohibited the breeding of Scottish Fold* cats and certain hybrids based on concerns about health and welfare. They’re not even the first government to address breed concerns in companion animals. And let us not forget the welfare of farmed animals, with billions of animals suffering every year in intensive farming systems.

 

So, what are governments doing about this? Some are beginning to take action, but in the UK the only legislation recently passed for farm animals was putting CCTV in slaughterhouses. While this is positive, it isn’t raising standards, simply making sure people comply with current ones.

[*Scottish Folds are domestic cats famous for their small floppy ears, but this is the result of a genetic condition that can cause them to have short painful lives.]

 

Who:   Vicky Bond, Managing Director, The Humane League UK

When: Thursday July 16th at 7 PM

What: 45-minute online lecture plus plenty of time for interactive Q&A afterwards

How:   You have three options to join this talk.

  1. Zoom — https://zoom.us/j/98569189183
  2. Google Meet — https://meet.google.com/djz-gama-upn
  3. By phone — 02039 567 137 (PIN: 910164699)

 

There is no charge to join us for this talk. However, if you would like to make a donation to our charity of the year as a thank you for the event, you can do so at our JustGiving page for Crisis Skylight Newcastle.



How More Equal Societies Improve Well-Being

16/04/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
How More Equal Societies Improve Well-Being
Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Richard Wilkinson, co-author The Spirit Level and The Inner Level

This lecture will focus on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor. It will show how inequality undermines feelings of self-worth, damages social relationships, and contributes to the heavy burden of stress and mental illness in rich developed countries. The material is taken from the The Inner Level, the new book by Wilkinson and Pickett, which shows that inequality is not merely about economics and living standards, but affects us all intimately, changing the nature of social life and reducing levels of confidence. It describes some of the social and psychological processes which lead to the increased rates of health and social problems shown in their earlier book, The Spirit Level.

Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research and his work has been published in 10 languages. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards.
We charge £1 for NEH members and £2 for non-members, which covers the cost of light refreshments. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)

 

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED WHILE WE ALL STAY HOME TO FIGHT COVID-19. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO RESCHEDULE WHEN WE CAN MEET AGAIN.



NEH AGM & Human Population

19/03/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NEH AGM & Human Population
Brunswick Methodist Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7BJ

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19.

 

At this meeting there will be reports on NEH activities for the year 2019/20, followed by the election of the Trustees for the year 2020/21. Members of NEH will be able to comment on any aspect of the operation of NEH.
After the formal business of the AGM, Ron Armstrong will give a talk on How the growth of the human population is reducing the number of other species on our planet.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards.
We charge £1 for NEH members and £2 for non-members, which covers the cost of light refreshments. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)



Does the Establishment work against the general good?

12/03/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Does the Establishment work against the general good?
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

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Is the establishment working for you or not? Are its intentions good but misplaced, or does it just seek to keep the status quo. Come along and hear what Philip Barraclough thinks when he gives his talk. Phil Is the treasurer of North East Humanists and has a particular interest in this area.

As always a light refreshments are provided and there will be an opportunity to socialise and to ask questions. We ask for a £1 donation to help cover the costs of running the group and any profits will go to our charity of the year.

 



Apostasy Safeguarding Training

27/02/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Apostasy Safeguarding Training
Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor DL16 6YP

Join us for a complimentary training workshop to learn how you and your organisation can better understand and support apostates in Britain.

Leaving religion can be a complicated process, often resulting in emotional abuse from family and community. Shunning and complete disownment is not uncommon, and this isolation can lead to depression. Physical abuse, often referred to as honour violence can follow. In Britain, it is often particularly hard for ex-Evangelical Christians, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-Muslims and ex-Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Faith to Faithless’s safeguarding training has been developed to inform frontline services on apostasy and to support them with best practice. We have trained many organisations, including the Metropolitan Police. Police, social services, NHS workers, teachers, university staff and charities are all encouraged to take this course.

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an informative evening.

“The Faith to Faithless training was some of the best training I have ever received in 29 years of service.”
Detective Constable, London Metropolitan Police



Religious Education: Why Does it Matter?

20/02/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Religious Education: Why Does it Matter?
86 Hastings Avenue, Durham DH1 3QQ

A discussion on what Religious Education is, why it is important, how it is taught, and why we should take an interest. This event will be led by Susan Walker chair of North East Humanists. It is open to all, there will be light refreshments provided and plenty of opportunity for friendly discussion. We ask for a donation of £1 to help fund the group and any profits will go to our charity of the year.