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.


Polling for The Challenge published by The Observer

A poll commissioned by The Challenge showing public support for school children mixing with pupils from different backgrounds to their own was featured in a leader article in The Observer on Sunday December 6th. Reporting on findings by the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life, The Observer considered the role of religion in the education system and its impact on social segregation. You can read the leader article here.

The leader article gave support to a policy proposed by Jon Yates in a recent blog for Times Red Box. You can read Jon’s blog here. In the blog, Jon argues that we should look to Northern Ireland’s Shared Education Programme for lessons on the promotion of social integration in our schools.

 


  • 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