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 way for young people to meet and build relationships with people from different backgrounds. They also enable young people to take positive action on a local issue that they feel passionate about.

The Challenge Network has been awarded £120,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to carry out a 3 year project with young people from East London. The money will enable young people to become active citizens within their local communities as part of a personal development programme which will support them in delivering social action projects that make a real difference to local people. 

A group of young people recently had the opportunity to visit the House of Lords to share their National Citizen Service experience with Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Royall. The event was organised as a way for the young people to feed into the Labour Party’s policy review on young people and civic engagement, being headed up by Baroness Royall.

The Challenge Network has scooped two awards at the annual Celebrating Youth Excellence awards ceremony in Birmingham. The event was organised by Youth 4 Excellence as a way to showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements of local young people committed to making a real difference in their community.

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