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, and Sheffield, as well as 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 – Joshua Gladwin
As someone without a religious upbringing, Josh learned more about humanity from science and Star Trek than from any Bishop or Bible. He is currently studying for an MA in Linguistics at SOAS, University of London and is obsessed with trying to learn as many languages as is humanly possible.
In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the scientific wonders of the universe, attempting to cook strange/delicious dishes from around the world, and drinking a dangerous amount of strong coffee. He lives in London with his partner Chris and their cat Sulu. He is also the Finance Officer for the LGBT Humanists. He joined the Young Humanists Executive as Secretary in November 2016.
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 went on to work for Amnesty International in Australia before beginning his current role for the INGO ActionAid UK in early 2015.
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. More information is available on the Young Humanists’ website.