News from The Challenge

We’re a rapidly-growing organisation and the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. You can view the latest news regarding our programmes, mission and impact in communities across the UK below.



  • The Challenge is the largest provider of the National Citizen Service in the UK



  • 72% of our NCS participants agreed with the statement: ‘I am more able to trust people’



  • We employ over 550 permanent staff nationally and over 3,500 seasonal staff



  • 76% of our NCS participants felt more confident about getting a job in the future



  • 93% of HeadStart graduates felt they had improved communication skills



  • 66% of HeadStart graduates said they would continue volunteering after HeadStart



  • Nearly a third of young people who have heard of Step Forward rated it as their first choice when leaving school



  • 85% of HeadStart graduates felt they better trusted people from different walks of life



  • 78% of HeadStart graduates felt more connected to their community



  • 88% of our NCS participants felt they were better at working in a team



  • 94% of NCS participants attended state schools, with 13% on free school meals



  • Step Forward received over 400 applications in its first year for just 48 places



  • Over 30,000 16 and 17 year olds took part in NCS delivered by The Challenge in 2015