Young Humanists is the 18-35s section of Humanists UK. Two thirds of Britons between the ages of 18 and 35 are non-religious, according to surveys, and most will share humanist values even if that’s not a term they’ve come across. Young Humanists exists to offer a space for non-religious people aged 18-35 to meet, socialise, debate and support each other.
So far, Young Humanists has held popular events in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Sheffield, and Cambridge, as well as speaking and networking events in the House of Lords and London City Hall. The section has also produced resources for first-time parents looking to nurture their children’s natural curiosity and critical thinking skills.
Meet the team
Coordinator – Lauren Nicholas
Lauren is the Coordinator of Young Humanists, responsible for managing the overall activity of the section.
By day, she manages strategic projects for a large multi-academy trust. With a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, she also has experience conducting research alongside educational psychologists, as well as volunteering with children and insects (sometimes together). When not at work or coordinating Young Humanists, she’s usually found making something, singing something, or teaching something new and unusual to her budgie, Murray.
Secretary – Holly Austin-Davies
Holly works as a knowledge librarian in London, and is training to become a humanist wedding celebrant. She is particularly interested in LGBT issues, reproductive rights and the assisted dying debate.
She lives in Kent with her husband, and enjoys cooking, travelling and finding creative ways to avoid doing any housework.
She joined the Young Humanists Executive as Secretary in November 2017.
Events Manager – Julian Webb
Julian has been involved with the humanist movement since first co-founding the University of Exeter’s Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Society in 2013.
Since then, he’s gone on to set up Exeter Humanists, as well as working for the national Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students as its Membership Administration Officer. He joined the Young Humanists Executive as Events Manager in November 2016.
Communications Manager – Daniel Wardle
Daniel began his working life in Birmingham, spending four years as a teacher, researcher, and school leader before moving into the charity sector. He has previously worked for both Amnesty International in Australia and the INGO ActionAid UK, and currently leads on marketing for an education social enterprise.
He is a passionate believer in a firm separation of church and state and a keen supporter of Humanists UK’s campaigns relating to ‘faith’ schools. His particular skills lie in public speaking and digital communications. He joined the Young Humanists Executive as Communications Manager in November 2016.
There are lots of ways to get involved with Young Humanists, with opportunities ranging from specific volunteering roles to helping put on a Young Humanists event in your area. To join Young Humanists, join Humanists UK (it’s free for students) and add your date of birth on your Dashboard.