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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



We’re hugely grateful to those who volunteer their time in helping to organise and run ESU programmes and competitions. Find out how you could help


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

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By volunteering with us you can help ensure that young people have the speaking and listening and cross-cultural understanding they need to thrive


By volunteering with us you can help ensure that young people have the speaking and listening skills they need to thrive in a changing world.

If you have some time to spare and an interest in public speaking and debating, you could help us to help children in your area to discover their voice by judging at one of our competitions. Full training is provided, helping you to give constructive feedback and encouragement, and ensuring young people can speak more confidently and feel a sense of pride in themselves and their achievements.

We’re hugely grateful to our many members who also volunteer their time, helping to organise and run ESU programmes and competitions. This is organised by our branch network across England and Wales.

‘Judging the heats at the IPSC this year was one of the most inspirational experiences I’ve had. Seeing all these incredibly talented young people was awe-inspiring and gave me hope for the future’

Anita Stern, ESU alumna and volunteer judge

Read more of Anita’s story

Find out more

Applications have closed for this academic year, but if you are interested in judging for us in the future, please complete the expression of interest form here and we will be in touch as soon as there are opportunities in your area.

We’re also always looking for current or retired teachers with a belief in our mission and a desire to broaden oracy access in their area. If this sounds like you, please get in touch with Alex Bailey at


The ESU is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including a satisfactory Enhanced criminal record with Barred List check through the Disclosure and Barring Service. Read our full safeguarding policy.

Equality and Diversity Monitoring form

The English-Speaking Union is committed to providing equal opportunities in our recruitment process. Completing this form is voluntary and all information you provide will remain confidential, however, it will allow us to assess the diversity of our workforce and ensure equal opportunities for all ESU staff and volunteers.

Equality and Diversity Monitoring form

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