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

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"NCS broadened my horizons and has taught me how to step out of my comfort zone...I am so happy I did it."

NCS participant

"The experience broke down every stereotype of what a disability would be like."

HeadStart participant

"It has been fantastic to give opportunities to young people starting out on the career ladder. We’ve seen them grow as leaders, manage projects and become responsible young adults."

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Latest from The Challenge

HeadStart Action students showcase skills at City Hall

Last week (Wednesday 28 March), London’s City Hall opened its doors to welcome young people from our new and bespoke pilot HeadStart Action.

Twenty-nine students from Ark Globe Academy in Southwark were visiting Matthew Ryder, London’s deputy mayor for social integration, social mobility and community engagement, to showcase some of the skills they’ve gained at the half-way point of their 12-week programme.


Fab grads raise money and awareness

Young people in Leeds raise awareness of mental health issues as part of NCS Action Day

Over 300 West Midlands National Citizen Service (NCS) graduates braved freezing temperatures and snow on Saturday night (March 17), sleeping on the streets of Birmingham and Coventry to raise awareness of homelessness.

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