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

    People's Hustings to Enliven Election

    People’s Hustings are to take place at a number of Speakers' Corners in the run-up to the general election on 7 May. But these hustings are designed not only to revive the tradition of the open-air election meeting but also to put the public rather than the politician centre stage. At each event, a range of local voluntary groups will be invited to set the agenda for the next Government before the candidates respond and the general public joins the debate.

    People's Hustings take place at the Speakers' Corners in Lichfield (Dam Street, 11.00 am on Saturday 25 April), Nottingham (King Street, 11.00 am on 25 April), Croydon (outside M&S, North End, at 11.30 am on 25 April) and Reading (Market Place, at 2.00 pm on Saturday 2 May).

    You can find a report on 2010’s People’s Hustings with a link which provides guidance on how to organise your own here.


    Labour and the Conservatives – A Question of Values

    With the general election fast approaching, what can politicians do to convince reluctant voters that they really do stand for something relevant and distinctive – and perhaps inspirational?

    In Labour and the Conservatives – A Question of Values, the latest in SCT’s online Forum for Debate series, Labour’s Policy Coordinator Jon Cruddas and former Conservative Minister Damian Green seek to address the insistent complaint on the doorstep that “there’s no difference between the main parties”.

    You can read the debate here.

  • 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 Labour and the Conservatives – A Question of Values, the latest in our series of online debates, Labour’s Policy Coordinator Jon Cruddas and former Conservative Minister Damian Green outline the principles and ideals which inspire them.


  • 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.