Promoting a positive, caring outlook, for the one life we have

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.



Darwin Day Lecture: Social Evolution in Darwin’s World

11/02/2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Darwin Day Lecture: Social Evolution in Darwin's World
Curtis Auditorium, Newcastle NE1 7RU

Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford
 
Though Darwin was much interested in social behaviour and psychology, he lived in a time when little was known about animal societies. We have since come to appreciate how complex some mammal societies, in particular, can be. In this lecture Professor Dunbar will present some novel ideas on how mammal, primate, and especially human societies have evolved – and why.
 
Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy. His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution, and Dunbar’s Number (the limit on the number of relationships that we can manage). His popular science books include Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, The Human Story, How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks, and The Science of Love and Betrayal. His latest book, Evolution: What Everyone Needs to Know, will be published in April 2020 by Oxford University Press.
 
There will be no charge for this lecture, which is part of the Insights series of public lectures.
 
The Curtis Auditorium is on the main Newcastle University campus, a short distance from the Haymarket Metro station.


The Biology of Ageing

16/01/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Biology of Ageing
Brunswick Methodist Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7BJ

Slowing ageing in humans: is it really feasible?
 
More and more of us are living to advanced ages. The challenge is to ensure that these extra years are spent in good health. We are most likely to achieve this by paying careful attention to the underlying biology of ageing. We are fortunate in Newcastle to host world-leading research in this area. We now know that we can slow or even reverse ageing with diverse nutritional and pharmacological interventions. This talk will provide an overview of our current understanding of ageing; present recent exiting findings and conclude with addressing the question of whether or not we can indeed slow ageing in humans.
 
Guest speaker Dr Daryl Shanley is a Reader in Systems Biology of Ageing at Newcastle University. He is a computational biologist with specific expertise in the biology of ageing and is the current Director of the Newcastle University Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition. Dr Shanley’s work combines deep and detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular mechanisms with state-of-the-art computational methods. This is increasingly recognised as an essential way to address the complexity of the ageing process. Over the last 20 years, Dr Shanley has played a key role in this emerging field.
 
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.)

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.)