Ten years of The Challenge

The Challenge today celebrates its 10th anniversary. Established in 2009, the national organisation, which has seven offices across the country and employs 670 people, has gone from strength-to-strength over the years becoming the largest provider of NCS and the leading force in creating a more integrated… Read More

An action plan for social integration

Last week saw the arrival of the Government’s Integrated Communities Action Plan – the next step in the UK’s social integration policy journey. The action plan provides another exciting opportunity for The Challenge to play a leading role in creating a… Read More

We are the (mental health and wellbeing) champions!

On Thursday 7 February, The Challenge won the Newcomer – Public and Third Sector award at the REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards 2019. (From left to right) Siân Vernon, human resources and organisational development director, Matthew Huggins, health, welfare and disability manager, Lindsey Barrass, head of talent, learning and… Read More

Young people share ideas on how to beat extremism

On Wednesday 16 January, 27 London Regional and Local Youth Board members were invited by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to a roundtable discussion on countering violent extremism at City Hall. The evening was part of the ongoing work the Mayor Of London Sadiq Khan’s Countering Violent… Read More

Chuka Umunna MP speaks at conference

Chuka Umunna MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, gave a keynote speech on Thursday 24 January at Inside Government’s conference on social cohesion, about the generational divide and how to bridge it. Chuka spoke about the findings of the APPG’s inquiry on intergenerational connection… Read More

Chuka Umunna to give speech on intergenerational connection report

Chuka Umunna MP is set to give a keynote speech about the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration’s interim report on intergenerational connection, at Inside Government’s prestigious social cohesion conference on Thursday 24 January. Chuka Umunna, who chairs the APPG, will give a special keynote speech at… Read More

Announcing new partners for HeadStart Action expansion

HeadStart Action and the Greater London Authority are pleased to announce the three local delivery partners chosen to deliver the HeadStart Action expansion project (Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund). The Mayor has created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults make the most of our amazing city. … Read More

Young NCS volunteers visit Maidenhead care home residents

Residents at Hartford Care’s Boulters Lock care home in Maidenhead were recently visited by a group of eight teenager volunteers taking part in NCS (National Citizen Service). Run in Maidenhead by The Challenge on behalf of NCS Trust, the NCS programme is designed to develop young people’s confidence and skills… Read More

Our Surrey team visits The Houses of Parliament

On Tuesday 27 November, members of our programmes team based in Surrey were invited to attend an event at the Houses of Parliament with charity partners True Honour. Assistant Programme Manager, Rebecca Williamson, has written a blog about her experience of the evening. True Honour has been one… Read More

Give your teens the gift of NCS this Christmas

If you’re looking for affordable yet meaningful presents for your teenagers this Christmas, give them the gift of the NCS (National Citizen Service) experience. With NCS, your 15-17-year-old will get three weeks of adventure activities, making new friends, learning new skills, and giving back to their local community. The… Read More