East London Humanists host talk on support for prisoners and the bereaved

PUBLISHED: 14:30 16 February 2018

Paul Kaufman, chairman East London Humanists.

Paul Kaufman, chairman East London Humanists.


From prisoners to patients, support services are growing Redbridge’s non-religious community falling on hard times.

East London Humanists are holding an talk to showcase charity Humanists UK’s pastoral care services at the Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, on February 26.

Head of Pastoral Care Simon Donoghue will give the talk.

These services aim to provide emotional support for people with institutions such as hospitals, hospices, students, prisoners and the armed forces.

Historically people without faith have lacked these services as only religious people are employed by the NHS and the prison service to provide pastoral and spiritual support and 96% of chaplaincy visits are to religious people, according to the charity.

Chair Paul Kaufman said: “For someone who doesn’t have a faith, it can be unhelpful at a time of emotional stress to be offered advice based on belief in a god or an afterlife that, to them, is meaningless and irrational.”

Attendance is free and the talk begins at 7.30pm.

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