Speakers’ Corner Trust is a registered charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship.

Our approach is based on the belief that association between citizens and the free, face-to-face exchange of ideas, information and opinions – with each other as well as with the decision-takers among them – is a key to rebuilding trust and participation in community life and governance in Britain and developing vibrant civil institutions and robust rights in emerging democracies.

Our Key Activities
  • Programmes & Projects

    SCT has three core programmes, the first focused on creating a national network of local Speakers' Corner projects in the UK, the second on undertaking initiatives overseas and the third on developing educational resources designed to encourage and enable people to express their ideas and opinions in public. More

  • Special Initiatives & Resources

    SCT has formed a number of partnerships with major organisations which enable it to pursue projects which it could not undertake alone. It has, for example, worked with the Southbank Centre on the production of Speaking Out, a download introducing the basic skills required for confident speaking in public, and with Central St Martins College of Art and Design on the creation of prototype Speakers’ Corners.More

  • Youth Amplified

    Youth Amplified is free to use and features videos, animations and downloadable guides for teachers and youth workers designed to help 11-18 year-olds develop effective speaking and listening skills and confidence in using them.

    The website is the outcome of a nine month project by SCT and the University of Leeds supported by the BAFTA-winning digital design agency Bold Creative and funded buy the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. You can access Youth Amplified here.

  • Latest News

    Speakers' Corners Debate Free Speech in the House of Lords

    Twenty representatives of Speakers' Corner projects around the country participated in a major debate on free speech which took place in the House of Lords on 25 November.

    They joined some 200 nominees from 38 Degrees, English PEN, Migrants Organise and Newham Sixth Form College and school students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the tenth of an annual series of debates which form a key feature of the House of Lords outreach programme.

    After a passionate but thoughtful - and always high quality - debate, 52% voted for the principle that free speech should be its own best defence, with 40% favouring some form of surveillance and 8% backing censorship.

    Read more and watch the parliamet.tv video of the debate.

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