Our Network

Supporting our staff at Dartmouth House is a much larger group of volunteers in the UK and internationally. We would love for you to be part of our family.

As a charity we are reliant upon the goodwill and generous efforts of the many people who give up their time and utilitse their skills to support our aims and objectives. Without you, we could not deliver the vital work that is the foundation of our charity. There are a variety of ways you can get involved with the work of the ESU, either as a member, volunteer, mentor or as an alumnus of one our programmes.


As well as supporting the important work we do, membership entitles you to a number of exclusive benefits. It allows you to enjoy our social, educational and cultural programmes, to come to ESU events in the UK and around the world, to meet other like minded individuals including the inspiring young participants of our programmes and to enjoy the facilities of Dartmouth House in London.

To find out more and to complete a membership form please visit our Membership page.

Become a Member

Mentors, Ambassadors, Judges & Alumni

Are you an alumni of one of our programmes or interested in working with us to deliver our oracy programmes?

Our Education Network helps us to deliver many of our educational programmes and ensures that we reach schools all over England and Wales.

- Mentors support young people to take part in our Discover Your Voice Programme, delivering public speaking and debating workshops schools across England and Wales.

- Judges adjudicate our national and international competitions such as the Schools’ Mace, UK Public Speaking Competition and Performing Shakespeare.

- Ambassadors are based regionally and are essentially the ‘lead mentor’ in their area. They assist the Education Network team in the recruitment, management and selection of mentors as well as delivering our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme to teaching staff in schools.

We take great pride in the passion and expertise of our mentors and judges, without them we would not be able to help thousands of young people to discover their voice.

UK Branches

Across the UK we have many branches of the ESU, each offering more localised activities and events which may be more convenient for you to visit.

Amongst other things, our branches run fundraising events in order to fund the work of the ESU in the schools and communities local to you, most notably our Discover Your Voice workshops. The branches also run the first rounds of our UK Public Speaking Competition, with the branch winners progressing to Regional Finals and, ultimately, the Grand Final in Cambridge. Our branches also run social and cultural events, including lunches and talks. Each branch has it's own committee elected from its branch members. They are always on the lookout for volunteers, so do make yourself known to the Chairman!

International ESUs

Our International ESUs enable people around the world to benefit from the educational programmes and activities of our organisation.

The ESU is increasing its focus on its international work to encourage international understanding and cultural exchange through the use of English, and recognises its international branches, of which there are are over 60, as key tools through which this can be achieved.

It is important to the future of the English-Speaking Union that the ESU International Network continues to grow and strengthen so that the organisation can continue its work for many more years to come.

To find details of your national ESU please follow the link below. If no branch currently exists, why not contact our Membership Officer and consider starting one.