our mission

Our vision and mission

Our vision

An integrated society where there is an understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences.

Our mission

We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

Our five-year aim

To be an independent, sustainable organisation delivering its mission at scale through a balance of activities.

48% less

interaction with different ethnicities

42% less

interaction with different ages


the cost of lacking social integration across communities

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Why we exist

Over the last 50 years, the UK’s population has become much more varied by age, ethnicity and income, but many of us spend little time with people from different walks of life.

This makes it harder to understand how others tick, to stop prejudice and to remain connected to our communities.

Lack of social integration costs money

The lack of social integration costs the UK £6 billion each year. That’s 0.5% of GDP. The Social Integration Commission reports this is through:

  • Long-term unemployment
    Limited contact with people in work makes unemployment last longer.
  • Recruitment

    Lack of diversity makes it harder for employers to recruit the right talent.
  • Community health and well-being

    Lack of mixing in communities increase anxiety and ill-health.
Our mission

We also know that when we do meet people who are different from us, we tend to enjoy it. We build new friendships and networks, and often discover that our similarities are far greater than our differences.

The Challenge believes that stronger, more trusting communities are at the heart of successful, thriving societies, and that we all have a part to play in building them.

our mission

Our All Together Now report explains more about why social mixing matters, how we are creating a more integrated society, and the key ingredients for successful social mixing.

Go to our policy page to find out more about how segregated we are in the UK, and what we’re doing to address this.

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