Our vision and mission
An integrated society where there is an 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.
Our five-year aim
To be an independent, sustainable organisation delivering its mission at scale through a balance of activities.
interaction with different ethnicities
interaction with different ages
the cost of lacking social integration across communities
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.
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.
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.