Speakers’ Corner Committees

The Speakers’ Corner Committee is at the heart of each local project. What does it do, who should be represented on it and what are its members’ roles?

  • The Role of the Committee

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    Speakers’ Corner Committees, with the support of Speakers’ Corner Trust, will have overall responsibility for the design, development and management of local Speakers’ Corner projects. It is likely that they will wish initially to undertake initiatives on a city-, town- or district-wide basis. But, as they become established, SCCs may seek to develop and coordinate a network of localised Speakers’ Corners within the distinctive groups and neighbourhoods which make up the community.

  • The Role of the Committee Member

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    SCT recognises that the majority of Committee members will have important commitments elsewhere and will therefore find it difficult to take on time-consuming responsibilities. In any event, it is the voluntary impulse which is the key to the success of the Speakers’ Corner project. A Committee’s strength and effectiveness will depend to a large extent on the complementary backgrounds and skills of its members and how they work together to pool their joint resources.

  • The Composition of Speakers’ Corner Committees

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    Each local Speakers’ Corner Committee will be composed differently to reflect the range of public, private and voluntary bodies and groups which make up the local community. So there is no standard model for a Speakers’ Corner Committee but the composition of the Nottingham Committee may provide helpful guidance.

  • Speakers’ Corner Committees – Adminstration Procedures

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    Nottingham City Council produced this guide to Administration Procedures which, though precise arrangements will undoubtedly vary from project to project, provides an invaluable model for others to follow and develop according to their own needs.

  • Finding Funding

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    The cost of running Speakers’ Corner projects is generally modest, particularly when they are supported in kind or otherwise by local authorities or other organisations. But it may be necessary at some stage for a Speakers’ Corner Committee to seek funding, perhaps to cover the cost of a part-time administrator, the expenses of volunteers or the costs of room hire or refreshments at events. Very occasionally, a Committee may also decide to seek more significant funding, for example to mark the creation of a Speakers’ Corner as a public space.

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