Why is We Speak different?
Because it’s about your finding your authentic voice and speaking naturally. We believe speaking in any environment should be all about being yourself rather than putting on a performance, and that each voice is equally important.
We Speak runs programmes for young people from under-represented backgrounds who lack speaking confidence, as well as stand alone workshops. We work with students at schools, sixth form colleges and universities.
We've worked with:
We're supported by some amazing organisations including School for Social Entrepreneurs, Teach First Innovation Series, Cambridge Social Ventures and Investec Beyond Business.
The We Speak team
Laura has a long-standing fear of speaking in front of groups and feels passionately about removing this barrier for others.
She has been developing speaking confidence with young people and professionals for almost ten years. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of the Arts London to research how to improve speaking confidence and won a Teaching Award.
Laura developed We Speak with the support of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and the Teach First Innovation Series, where it was a winner of the Teach First Dragon's Den. We Speak was selected for the Cambridge Social Ventures accelerator at the Cambridge University Judge Business School.
"I've been terrified of speaking in front of groups for most of my life. I've come on a big personal journey with We Speak. I'm on a mission to remove this barrier, particularly for young people."
Patsy is a media skills trainer and has worked with major corporate companies such such as Metrobank and Thames Water.
She's also got years of experience delivering speaking confidence workshops in education and to university students across the UK, including Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Queen Mary's University, Middlesex University and Plymouth University.
Patsy works with We Speak to train the Student Facilitators, and delivers workshops for our university and corporate partners.
Morenike is a third-year student at the University of Essex studying English and US Literature.
“I wanted to work with We Speak because I know it is possible to go from being scared of speaking to being able to find your voice.
I wanted to be a part of the process and see the potential of student beings unlocked. It is a very rewarding experience!”
Sydney has just completed her degree in Fashion Design at the University of East London, after studying business in Chicago.
"I enjoy being part of an experience that helps young people to find their authentic voice.
I understand now that the only reason I ever felt confident being in front of crowds was because I had already found my own voice.”
Niketa is studying Geography and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews
“Working with We Speak has allowed me to learn so much about speaking.
Knowing that so many people are in the same boat as me has made me feel more confident when it comes to speaking, as I know most people will be rooting for me rather than judging me."
Rhian is a third year student at the University of East London studying Dance: Urban Practice.
"When I saw the job post, I really loved the sound of helping young people.
I would say it’s definitely made me understand how individuals from all different walks of life can achieve anything they want to.
It allows individuals to grow and find inner confidence"
Nermeen is currently studying on a physicians associate programme, at Queen Mary's University of London.
"I noticed that the students really built their confidence during the programme, they were more eager to speak.
I love helping people find their voice and help them meet their potential.
I believe your voice really makes you who you are."