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.
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 email@example.com.