The Challenge Network brings people from different backgrounds together. Key to this is building clubs and institutions that people want to join. Over the last 50 years, the institutions which connected us have declined – whether places of worship, local markets, trade unions or local clubs and societies. Our aim is to build new institutions for the 21st Century.

Last week, 2000 members of The Challenge Society (our institution for teenagers) came together to celebrate their local community and reconnect.  One of them was a girl called Leila* who had not planned to be there.

Leila had arrived early for a music show and found the venue full of The Challenge Society members. She found a member of Challenge staff, “This is that Challenge thing isn’t it – how do I join?”

To bring the UK together, we need great institutions. What is a great institution? One that people like Leila want to join.

* Not her real name.


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