We are an independent organisation and partner group of Humanists UK (HUK) with whom we work closely. Many of our NEH members are also members of HUK.
Our committee and officers are volunteers, and we rely totally on members’ subscriptions and donations in order to arrange events, social activities, and talks, often with visiting speakers.
As part of raising the profile of Humanism in our area we support HUK in their diverse campaigns and welcome their successes in lessening discrimination against the non-religious.
As a relatively small group we do not have the resources to mount such large-scale campaigns but we assist locally by having trained HUK schools speakers, pastoral support workers and celebrants, as well as independent celebrants, within our membership.
Each year we nominate a local charity for which we raise funds and we contribute to the awarding of scholarships for disadvantaged pupils in a humanist school in Uganda.
Our members take part in Inter-faith dialogue and the Annual Peace Walk in Newcastle, and lay wreaths at Remembrance Day services throughout the North East. For the first time ever, last November humanists had a representative in the National Remembrance Ceremony at the cenotaph in London, having previously been banned – a success story for a long running humanist campaign.
We invite you to contribute to local Humanism by joining our charity. Fees start from as little as £6 per year for concessionary membership to £10 for ordinary membership. Joint memberships are available, and all the details can be found here or by contacting the membership secretary on 0191 2728376.