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One-off or regular donations are vital to our work, helping us ensure that young people everywhere have the oracy skills they need to thrive



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Your donations help us to ensure that many more young people have the speaking and listening and cross-cultural understanding they need to thrive


Did you know?

– Disadvantaged children are 2.3 times more likely to be identified as having speech, language and communication needs than those in more affluent areas

– In many parts of the country, over 50% of students start school lacking vital oracy skills

– Young people who cannot express themselves verbally may suffer from behavioural problems, emotional and psychological difficulties

– Children with good communication skills are four times more likely to get five A*-Cs at GCSE

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You can choose to make either a single donation to the English-Speaking Union, or set up a direct debit to donate to us regularly.

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Do you believe in the power of communication? Do you believe that all young people, regardless of the school they go to, should have the chance to learn how to express themselves effectively? Do you believe in the global exchange of ideas; that the better we can communicate, the easier it will be to resolve differences and to forge a more tolerant society? Perhaps you’ve participated in an English-Speaking Union programme or exchange and would like to ensure others have the same opportunities as you? Or perhaps you’re only too aware that reading and writing will only get you so far, it’s being able to talk that opens doors.

Whatever your motivation, donating to the English-Speaking Union will help us to address imbalances in opportunity and ensure that many more young people have the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive.

Discover Debating has taught me to respect other people’s opinions and to solve arguments without a lot of drama and problems.


Discover Debating participant


could fund a school to take part in the ESU-Churchill National Public Speaking Competition, boosting young people’s confidence and oracy skills

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could fund a partial bursary for a young person to attend Debate Academy, giving them the chance to discuss world affairs and gain a broader perspective


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could fund a Discover Your Voice session at a school, helping up to 24 children feel that their voices matter

Alice Discover Your Voice Participant

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