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‘We rely on the generous support of our members, donors and volunteers to ensure we can reach those children who need our help most’

About us

The main focus of the London branch is to raise funds to support the many local schools which participate in the ESU’s activities. An increasing number of schools is taking part in the regional heats of the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, prior to the national final. The London branch also sponsors the Performing Shakespeare Competition, which grows year on year. Teacher and class support for oracy in some of London’s most disadvantaged schools and communities is a key objective in the current financial year, and the London branch Oracy Group, led by Simon Bucknall (see below), is leading this vital work.

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Simon Bucknall, Chair of the ESU’s London branch Oracy Group, is keen to encourage people to get involved with the ESU’s work in whichever way they can. As Simon says, ‘There are young people out there with great stories to tell, ideas to share, and a real desire to speak and be heard. We have an opportunity to make a difference for those young people and I’d be thrilled if you joined with the ESU to help us to make that happen.’ Please do take a moment to watch his video, and if you’re interested in finding out more, drop us a line at volunteering@esu.org.

Upcoming events in London

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

ESU Members' Event: Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

ESU Social
London

Lord Ian Duncan of Springbank, Honorary President of the English-Speaking Union in Scotland, invites ESU members and their guests to afternoon tea at the House of Lords in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ESU Churchill public speaking competition. The event will take…

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

SAVE THE DATE: ESU Evelyn Wrench with Mary McAleese

ESU Social
London

We are delighted to announce that the ESU 2021 Evelyn Wrench lecture will be delivered by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese.

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

London Branch: Book Club

ESU Social
London

ESU London Branch Members’ monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month’s book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  …

I enjoy seeing young people realising they have something to offer and that they have more ability than they thought.

Ann Armstrong

Former branch Chair

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