Who we are?

We are a network of people who provide non-religious pastoral support. We aim to grow our network of accredited non-religious pastoral support providers and foster it as a mutually supportive community of practice. We encourage and support our volunteers, whilst engaging with relevant bodies to ensure the equal provision of care for the non-religious in institutions throughout the UK.

What do we want?

We want everyone engaging with and working in public institutions to have equal access to pastoral emotional, moral, and spiritual support regardless of their religion or beliefs. This support must be provided by likeminded individuals, who can provide the empathy and compassion needed at the most challenging of times. We believe in the necessity of increasing the availability of non-religious pastoral carers to ensure the availability of this provision across all sectors and services.

What do we do?

We train and accredit a growing national network of highly skilled providers. We support the network by increasing awareness, monitoring quality, and encouraging continued professional development.

We engage with strategic bodies like the NHS and the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), to ensure that the pastoral support needs of the non-religious are catered for by likeminded individuals. 


The NRPSN was set up, developed, and constituted by the British Humanist Association in 2016 under the banner of Humanist Care. Membership of the NRPSN is not limited to humanists and is open to all those who hold a non-religious belief system that is consistent with a democratic society.