Feel Unstoppable

Use your NCS experience to kickstart your next step.

At The Challenge we’ll help you to cultivate and build on your own unique skill set to continue making an impact in your community.

Learn and adapt as part of our growing network, through new opportunities and the chance to transform your ideas into real projects.

What are you waiting for? You have the chance to become part of the largest network of grads for your age group.

Join over 300,000 others and Be the Change.

The Challenge also offers a fantastic volunteering programme called HeadStart, available to NCS graduates in London, Birmingham and Manchester: Volunteer your time to gain access to our exclusive workshops, designed to enhance your employability skills. We then guarantee an interview with a partner of your choice, working with businesses like: Starbucks, New Look, Nandos, Zendesk, GLA and Mitchells and Butlers. Get ahead of the rest with this unique opportunity.


Laura’s Story

Laura volunteered over 16 hours with St Raphael’s Hospice shop before securing a job with Starbucks following the HeadStart programme.

Following NCS I joined the NCS youth board and signed up for HeadStart, looking for interesting new experiences!

During HeadStart I volunteered at a charity shop, St Raphael’s hospice, continuing the volunteering I had started through my Duke of Edinburgh award. Through volunteering I developed organisational skills as I organised the shop floor, whilst also supporting the customers. Volunteering gave me lots of transferable skills which have really helped with my role at Starbucks, whilst giving me plenty to talk about during my interview.

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Unstoppable Story

Final Part

My biggest piece of advice is first to go and secondly to try and meet as many new people as possible! Push yourself as much out of your comfort zone as you can, cringe as that may sound because that is honestly the only and best way of truly benefiting from the experience.

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Your Promise

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The only 3 things you need to know

Dress code

Please dress smartly – think pitch event!

Plus ones

You and one parent/guardian have been invited – unfortunately, we don’t have space for more!


Only those that are eligible will be able to collect their certificate. If you’ve got hours to makeup, you will need to have logged these before your event.

Your NCS Summer Essentials

If you’ve been contacted by our team make up these extra hours by volunteering in your community. Don’t worry, you might already be doing something that counts towards your NCS, so make sure to check out our handy FAQs.

You’ll be able to RSVP once you receive your Celebration Invitation

If we haven’t answered all of your questions check out our FAQ’s or contact us.

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