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

    • Nottingham Debates Scottish Independence

      Just twelve days ahead of the historic vote on Scottish independence on 18 September, Nottingham Speakers’ Corner provided campaigners, academics and local residents with the opportunity to debate the issues and their consequences for the whole of the UK

      Speakers’ Corner committee member Louise Third argued in the support of the Union that “it is clear that several major issues remain unresolved, not least the matter of currency and whether North Sea oil and gas reserves will be sufficient to cover an independent nation’s expenditure. Will we need border controls, and what might independence mean for Trident and membership of the European Union?”

      Former deputy leader of Labour for Independence Steven Syme, countered that “in the event of a Yes vote, might we see the concept of regional assemblies brought back to England and Wales? And with the possibility of the rest of the UK leaving the EU in the next Parliament, might Scotland become the ‘safe haven’ for business and investment?”

      Chaired by BBC East Midlands politics editor John Hess, the hour-long debate attracted a lively audience which included a number of local Scots emigres and several members of the public took the chance to cross-examine the speakers as well as expressing their own views. A show of hands at the end revealed a three to one majority for the Union. But that is not the vote that matters…

      You can read the debate on Scotland and the United Kingdom – Partnership or Partition? in SCT’s Forum for Debate series.

  • 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 the latest in our series of online debates, David Gardiner of Better Together and Angus Millar of Yes Scotland contest Scotland's future in Scotland and the United Kingdom - Partnership or Partition?


  • 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.