Humanism is based on the idea that we can give meaning and value to our lives by doing what is best for people and the natural world, and that we can use reason and evidence to help shape our ethical decisions, without belief in any supernatural power. Its core values of tolerance, respect and empathy are ones I try to live my life by.

My first experience of Humanism was at a friend’s wedding service several years ago. I was struck by how appropriate the ceremony seemed for the couple, and how they were able to say exactly what they meant to each other, without the constraints of a traditional service. My partner and I subsequently chose to celebrate our own marriage with a Humanist ceremony, as well as the naming of our two children.

The more I learnt about humanism the more I realised that I had always been a humanist, I just hadn’t known what to call myself.

And as an accredited humanist celebrant, I have the honour of helping people through the landmark events in their lives, working with them to craft personal ceremonies that reflect their personalities and beliefs. I find myself in a job that never ceases to amaze and inspire me, and I count myself very lucky.