Young People & Older People

young-oldWe work to provide creative writing and free speech education opportunities for young people and older people with dementia.

For example, we have recently developed a new free speech project for young people called Speak For Yourself!, which equipped young people with the skills and qualities to become amazing free speech pioneers of the future.

We’re currently working with Islington schools, connecting young people in London with young people in Africa via our PEN centres there.

Our new work with older people with dementia is really exciting – we’re partnering up with Living Words to bring creative writing and free speech to care homes in the UK. The Living Words methodology involves a trained facilitator working one-to-one with the older person with dementia to help them express themselves through spoken word and poetry.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Free Speech Education work with young people and older people, please email We are particularly interested to hear from Citizenship and English teachers, who would be keen to help us develop resources and educational experiences for young people around free speech and literature.