We are the UK’s leading charity in
building an integrated society.

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About us

Our vision is simple. We want to see an integrated society where people from all walks of life understand and appreciate each other’s differences.

Helping people become more connected and active in our communities and workplaces is the first step towards achieving this.

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Programmes we offer

We design and deliver programmes to bring together people from different backgrounds,
working in partnership with government, businesses and local charities.

  • NCS programme

    National Citizen Service (NCS)

    NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try new activities and challenge yourself, build skills for work and life, and contribute to your local community.

    Are you 15-17 and looking for your next adventure?

  • headstart programme


    HeadStart is an award-winning programme that challenges you to complete 16 hours or more of volunteering. In return, you get access to skills workshops and a guaranteed job interview with a leading employer.

    Are you 16-19 and looking for your next challenge?

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    HeadStart Action

    HeadStart Action uses social action and employer encounters to support and inspire young people aged 14-18 years who are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET).

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NCS - Bring people together

Measuring Impact

Since we began in 2009, more than 225,000 young people have taken part in programmes we run across the UK.


The number of young people we worked with across England in 2018.


Over one million hours volunteered 
by young people during 2018.


Felt NCS helped them make new friends from different backgrounds.

Latest news

Explore all our latest articles and success stories from across The Challange, our programmes and partnerships.

  1. Chuka Umunna MP

    Worrying gap between young and old revealed

  2. Gender page gap report 2019

    0% gender pay gap at The Challenge

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    Impact Report 2017-18

  2. The Challenge is ten years old

    Ten years of The Challenge

  3. Manchester Central Library

    Manchester Archives, Siobhan

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