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

    Developing a Civil Society on the Internet

    Speakers’ Corner Trust is collaborating with the Oxford Internet Institute on a joint project, supported by Facebook, which focuses on the negative nature of much online political debate and the means of improving it.

    SCT and OII are organising a one-day symposium later this year to bring together civil society activists, tech company representatives, academics, journalists, politicians and others to help kickstart a wider debate about how to make the internet a more constructive and positive force for political participation and change.

    Read more.

    A Speakers' Corner for Lüneburg

    An enterprising group of students from Leuphana University has established a Speakers’ Corner – or, in German, Rede Ecke - in the heart of the historic city of Lüneburg in northern Germany.

    They’ve already held two successful events - with SCT director Peter Bradley a guest speaker at the second on 24 June - and are planning to organise more on a monthly basis over the course of the summer.

    Read more.

  • Support SCT

    SCT is a small and cost-efficient registered charity with very low overheads. Since we were formed in 2007, we have successfully extended the scope and reach of our work through partnership and collaboration rather than by increasing our own size and costs. That remains our strategy.

    But like any other charity we do have to meet our modest costs and your support would be very much appreciated.

    Find out how you can support our work.

Hot Topics

  • Forum for Debate

    In Why Israel? the latest in our series of online debates, Eric Heinze and Bill Bowring, both law professors at the University of London, consider whether and why for many on the left the Israel-Palestine conflict has such special significance.

  • Nigeria Speakers’ Corner

    With support from the Ford Foundation, SCT has established Speakers' Corner Trust Nigeria as an affiliated but independent sister organisation. Following its launch in Abuja in November 2012, SCTN has undertaken its first local projects and is now planning more.


  • Leicester Speaks

    Since SCT helped originate Leicester Speaks during Local Democracy Week in 2010, the local partnership has gone from strength in each successive year - as you can see from these three short but inspirational films.


  • Speaking Out

    Speaking Out is a fifteen minute film jointly commissioned by SCT and the Southbank Centre which seeks to provide inspiration and encouragement to people who have opinions and ideas to communicate.