About Humanist Society Scotland

Humanist Society Scotland is part of a UK, European and wider international movement of people and organisations. In Scotland, Humanist Society members have a clear vision of a secular Scotland, and the activities that Humanist Society Scotland can pursue to achieve that end. We are a registered charity in Scotland, and governed by a Board of Trustees elected by members. The day-to-day work of the Society is undertaken by a team of staff and volunteers overseen by the Senior Management Team. Download our annual accounts and achievements see out how we raise, spend and invest the donations and fees we receive from members and celebrants.

Strategic Plan: Our Humanist Future (2020 to 2023)

Read our 2020 Annual Report here 

Read our 2021 Annual Accounts here

Our activities

Humanist Society Scotland exists to:

  • promote and establish a secular society;
  • promote the provision of secular education;
  • promote, provide and develop Humanist Ceremonies;
  • extend the contributions made by Humanists to a wide range of social, civic and health care provision;
  • maintain, develop and empower membership of the Society to carry out these activities and any other activities which promote and support the Objects of the Society; and
  • work with other Humanist associations (and like-minded organisations) in the UK, Europe and internationally.

Humanist Society Scotland and Humanists UK

Humanist Society Scotland and Humanists UK (formerly British Humanist Association) seek to work closely together, particularly on policy matters that extend across the UK, and internationally. Our respective work on Education and Ceremonies is quite separate reflecting the distinctive legislation and organisation of these matters in Scotland. Humanist Society Scotland supports local groups in Scotland. Humanists UK supports groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Joining the Humanist Society Scotland is a distinct step from joining Humanists UK. There is no joint membership but a number of Humanist Society Scotland members also join Humanists UK. In the event of a member from Scotland joining Humanists UK (when they thought they were joining Humanist Society Scotland) we have good links with staff in Humanists UK to remedy that action.

The history of the Humanist Society

The Humanist Society Scotland was formed in 1989 in response to a rising demand for a nationwide Scottish organisation that was open to all.

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Humanist Society Scotland today

Humanism in Scotland has a long history going back well before the formation of the charity in 1989.

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Head and heart

What is Humanism?

Humanists are people who share common values, such as science and rational enquiry, and who seek to live ethical lives based on reason and compassion.

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You and us

Why should I get involved?

We are a membership charity, with over 14,000 members from Stornoway to Stranraer. Get involved today to help make Scotland a more secular, rational and socially just country.

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Here and now

What events are taking place near me?

We organise a range of events around the country. If you're interested in finding out more about HSS, coming along to one of our events is a great way to learn more.

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