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 Goes Live!

    Youth Amplified went online on 14 May. It's 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’ Corner Trust Nigeria Spreads Its Wings

      Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria has taken a major step forward by moving into its first dedicated office premises in the Gwarinpa district of the Nigerian capital Abuja. For its first two years ActionAid had generously provided SCTN with office space but now a second two-year package of support from the Ford Foundation has allowed the Trust to take on new staff and offices.

      In the midst of its move, SCTN has been supporting a group of young people in setting up their own independent Speakers’ Corner in Jos, the capital of the central Plateau state and the scene of often violent conflict between Christian and Muslim communities, this month organising a debate on Youth Unemployment and Job Insecurity. Earlier in March, SCTN oganised an Inspiring Change event in Lokoja to mark International Women’s Day and is currently planning events over the next few weeks in Kaduna, Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

  • 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.


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