Our policy impact

The Challenge raises awareness of the social and economic risks associated with social segregation. We influence policy decisions impacting on levels of social integration in modern Britain.

Without greater integration, the danger grows that when faced with complex challenges, instead of asking ‘how can we solve this together?’, the people of Britain will ask ‘who can we blame?’ We believe that, through reforming and growing institutions and practices in small but intelligent ways, policymakers and social entrepreneurs could substantially increase integration between people from different ethnic, age and class groups.

In order to highlight the benefits of and barriers to social integration, we have partnered with polling firms, leading academics and think tanks, and contribute regularly to academic and policy publications. Throughout 2014 and early 2015, we provided the secretariat to The Social Integration Commission, which sought to explore some fundamental questions about how people from different ethnic, age and income groups relate to one another in the UK. You can find out more about this Commission here.

Many of the ideas set out by the Commission require further development and study. The Challenge is committed to carrying forward this work and to advancing policy ideas to forge a more integrated Britain.

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  • 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