Speak is a network of students and young adults who campaign and pray about issues of global justice.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. " Proverbs 31 v 8-9
SPEAK is a national network of students and young adults who pray and campaign on issues of global justice. Through bringing change to situations of injustice, we aim to share our faith in God. SPEAK was founded in 1999 and connects thousands of young people across the UK and beyond to make a difference to situations of global poverty, conflict and oppression.
We aim to highlight the structural issues that are perpetuated by powerful governments and keep people in poverty. We do this from a faith perspective and encourage young Christians from across the church denominations, to learn how their faith teaches a response to poverty. We encourage personal reflection and simple lifestyle based on the teachings of Jesus as well as more modern Christian activists, such as Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day. We are not exclusive in this and actively encourage anyone who supports our work to get involved locally, and we maintain a number of national partnerships with groups of different faiths and none.
Our goal is to train students and young adults to understand the interconnected nature of global issues and how their actions and lifestyle has an impact on that and to help them be empowered and effective in bringing about change to situations of injustice.
SPEAK aims to:
- Through building a network of students and young people, we seek to campaign against global injustice. This includes (corporate accountability, trade justice, the arms trade and climate change).
- We seek to promote the vital connection between the Christian Faith and justice. We hope to remind young people that a call to Christ is a call to stand against injustice wherever it is found.
- With imaginative campaigns, and creative forms of worship, we hope to share our faith with the activist world. We believe the radical message of Christ remains relevant to those engaged in campaiging.
Established: June 2000
Registered Charity Number: 1112979
Board members: 5
Full time staff: 2
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 02089819441
Address: St Margaret's House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road London E2 9PLView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website