We are the UK’s leading charity in
building an integrated society.
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.
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 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, 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 is the natural extension to the NCS experience that challenges you to complete 16 hours or more of volunteering. In return, you get access to skills, a guaranteed job interview and the opportunity of meeting different people.
Are you 16-19 and looking for your next challenge?
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).
This year The Challenge has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver a year-long programme in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC) to give direct intensive support to post-16 education providers.
The Young Refugee project builds on the existing HeadStart model working with local organisations to build the skills of young refugees and help them into future employment.
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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.
Explore all our latest articles and success stories from across The Challange, our programmes and partnerships.
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