The Challenge is the UK's leading charity for building a more integrated society.
We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.
The UK is becoming much more diverse. Over the coming decades, the country is projected to become the most ethnically diverse western nation; at the same time the proportion of the population aged under 18 or over 60 is expected to grow rapidly, increasing the average distance in age between citizens. We are also increasingly segregated by income; for example half of all the children in primary and nursery schools in England who are eligible for free school meals are concentrated in a fifth of the schools. As our country becomes more diverse, we believe it is critical that people come together and build stronger connections between one another and between communities.
Launched in 2009, The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society, a society in which there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. In 2009, approximately 160 young people participated in our programmes; in 2016 we reached around 45,000 participants. Our three programmes are NCS, HeadStart and Step Forward.
"Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed the whole experience... I wish I could do the whole thing over again."
"The HeadStart young people were the best group of volunteers I’ve had support us so far. They were so pro-active and energetic."
Joseph, Allotments Manager
"We took on an apprentice through Step Forward in September last year and to date our experience has been nothing short of amazing."
Ross McMurray, Step Forward employer, Axis Communications