Last November, we launched an exciting new pilot project for our Coventry and Warwickshire NCS graduates. Funded by The Dulverton Trust, the project has engaged over 100 young people to date in volunteering and social action projects, including a sleep out with Coventry and Warwickshire YMCA, stewarding at Coventry Half…
The Social Integration Commission has published its first report, ‘How integrated is modern Britain?’. Co-funded by The Challenge and British Gas, the Commission is a major independent national enquiry into key questions related to the UK’s increasing diversity.
Today, The Mayor of London is hosting an event at City Hall to mark the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week and to launch the HeadStart London scheme. He will be joined by speakers Martine Wright, Paralympian and Team London Champion, and Peter Cheese, CEO Chartered Institute of Personnel Development…
Friday, 07 March 2014

Giving young people a HeadStart

Last September, The Challenge launched a new pilot programme called HeadStart.  Supported by the Mayor of London and attracting 90 young people so far, the HeadStart programme guarantees NCS graduates an interview for part time work once they have completed 16 hours of volunteering in their communities.
Later this year, The Challenge will launch the Social Integration Commission; a 12 month national inquiry set up to explore whether a lack of connection between people of different ages, ethnicities and social backgrounds has an effect on our economy and society.
A number of Sky employees have been involved in a mentoring scheme for NCS graduates from Hillingdon and Hounslow.  Sky first supported NCS in 2012, when they welcomed a team of participants into their office and sat on a number of ‘Dragon’s Den’ panels, judging ideas for community campaigns.
We are delighted to announce that The Challenge is the proud recipient of a Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Award.  This is the first time the charity registered to take part in the annual ranking, now in its fourteenth year.
Thursday, 03 October 2013

Social Action September

Young people spent their September weekends volunteering and carrying out community campaigns as part of National Citizen Service. Over 4,000 social action projects have been carried out in partnership with over 2,000 community organisations across London, Surrey, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.  Social action projects are a great…
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