One of the best things about bringing people together through National Citizen Service is when young people start to campaign for change. One campaign that has been a real success is ‘Prisoners are People’, which has received a response from the Secretary of State for Justice, The Right Honourable Chris Grayling MP.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Giving young Londoners a HeadStart

Over 450 NCS graduates have completed more than 8,500 hours of volunteering in their local communities through one of our new programmes, HeadStart.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Social integration: A wake-up call

The Challenge has been providing Secretariat support to the Social Integration Commission. This independent body, chaired by CEO of the RSA, Matthew Taylor, is exploring the impact of a lack of social integration on the UK.

Last month, the Commission launched its second report, ‘Social Integration: A wake-up call’.


We are delighted to welcome Oliver to The Challenge as the Chief Executive.

A former colonel in the Royal Marines, Oliver served for 20 years including in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.


It all started on an average school day. The NCS team came to my school to do a presentation about the programme. I later phoned my parents pleading to go, and luckily they agreed! There was lots of anticipation as I counted down to the start of NCS.

Last month, Mayor of London Boris Johnson addressed an audience of over 200 people drawn from the business and third sectors, to officially announce the launch of our new programme, HeadStart London.

HeadStart London inspires young people to strengthen their communities through volunteering, whilst giving them the skills and experiences to succeed at work.

My name is Shernice Rai and I am a 17 year old NCS graduate. I completed NCS last year in South Birmingham and this year, I chose to complete a work experience placement with The Challenge.

During the course of the week, I was given the chance to see the magic that is created in The Challenge office ahead of the start of NCS.

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 Marathon and working on a research project with local radio station, Radio Plus.

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