Setting a Group Up

If you are thinking about setting a local group up, or of reviving an old one, these guides are here to encourage you to do so - and to make it easy. If you have any questions, please contact us at groups@humanism.org.uk.

Why start a group?

Some people ask why atheists, humanists and secularists want to get together in a local group. They assume that a group would sit around talking about the non-existence of God and attacking religious groups.  And they might think that the whole point of being an atheist is that you do not want to be part of any organisation.
These assumptions are, of course, misguided as there are many and varied reasons for coming together, and it is worth stating some of the main ones:
  • To meet and socialise with like-minded people;
  • To campaign on humanist, atheist and secularist issues;
  • To exchange ideas and debate;
  • To learn (e.g. through guest speakers);
  • To represent atheist, humanist and secularist views in local affairs, and provide a balance to the influence of religious groups;
  • To promote and celebrate scientific and rational thinking;
  • To promote humanism as a life-stance;
  • To have fun!
By providing a forum for these kinds of activities, a local group can become an important asset to the atheists, humanists and secularists in your area; so we hope that you will take on the challenge of doing so.