All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration

The Challenge provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration.

The APPG brings together parliamentarians from different political parties with an interest in improving social integration. Together they explore solutions which break down barriers to integration, and create chances for people from all walks of life to build relationships.

The APPG is chaired by Chuka Umunna MP, and its Vice Chairs include James Berry MP and Lord Glasman.

The APPG holds regular meetings featuring guest speakers, agrees draft policy reports, and takes evidence from individuals and organisations.

APPG members decide the direction and the focus of the APPG’s work. You can get more information on the APPG by visiting its website, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • 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 400 permanent staff nationally and over 3,500 seasonal staff



  • 76% of our NCS participants felt more confident about getting a job in the future



  • In 2014, 93% of HeadStart graduates felt they had improved communication skills



  • In 2014, 66% of HeadStart graduates felt 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



  • In 2014, 85% of HeadStart graduates felt they better trusted people from different walks of life



  • In 2014, The Challenge collaborated with 800 community and business partners



  • In 2014, 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 young people attending NCS, delivered by The Challenge in 2014, attended state schools, with 13% on free school meals



  • Step Forward received over 400 applications in its first year for just 48 places



  • 7% of those attending NCS, delivered by The Challenge in 2014, had a disability



  • In 2014, 52% of participants in NCS, delivered by The Challenge, were from a black and minority ethnic background



  • Over 30,000 16 and 17 year olds will take part in NCS delivered by The Challenge in 2015