The English-Speaking Union (ESU)
The ESU, an educational charity was founded in 1918 by the writer and journalist Sir Evelyn Wrench. It is a membership organisation with branches throughout the UK and has a presence in over 50 countries worldwide. The ESU's vision is to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities. It endeavours to see that the value of good communication as an essential attribute for individual, community and global development and understanding is publicly recognised and widely integrated into education and social policy.
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion stands shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve. It is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. It is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem, the red poppy.
The Air Cadets is a modern, dynamic, air-minded youth organisation which offers wide ranging, fun and challenging opportunities for development, new adventures and activities and to learn key lessons in citizenship and on the importance of society.
The activities available to the cadets aged 13-19 are wide ranging - from flying and gliding, to adventure training, sports, expeditions, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme as well as an academic programme including BTEC qualifications and Leadership training.
With around 46,000 cadets (aged 12-18) and 8,500 volunteers in 1,700 locations across the UK, the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. Although the ACF is sponsored by the British Army it’s not part of it, so neither cadets nor volunteers are subject to military call-up. Cadets take part in a wide range of challenging activities such as fieldcraft, adventurous training, first aid, music and sports – helping them to develop physically, mentally and socially and to gain valuable, internationally recognised qualifications.
Whether at sea or on land Sea Cadets offers young people between 10 and 18 an environment where they can find confidence and inspiration, through nautical adventure. Across the UK 14,000 young people are challenging themselves and learning new skills based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy to give them the best possible head start in life.
Image: House of Lords 2013/Photography by Annabel Moeller