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

Over 500 NCS teens volunteer at Sanctuary Care homes

Over 500 teenagers taking part in NCS (National Citizen Service), delivered by The Challenge, volunteered in Sanctuary Care homes across the country this summer, befriending older residents, helping to deliver activities, and raising funds to make improvements to their homes. As part of the social action phase of the programme,… Read More

Getting in the zone in Wigan

You’ve been telling us that you want to know more about the people who work with and for The Challenge  – from young people to community partners to colleges and schools. Young people and staff from Wigan Youth Zone enjoying the autumn NCS programme During 2018, we have been… Read More

A better connected society will be a fairer society

On Tuesday, 13 November, Rebecca Carter, The Challenge’s director of strategy, planning and communications, gave evidence to the House of Lords Committee exploring how greater fairness can be fostered between generations. Here she explains why building stronger connections across people of all ages will enhance fairness, and suggests ways… Read More

The Challenge welcomes new chairman

The Challenge has announced Bill Ronald as its new chairman Bill Ronald, who takes over as chairman in December. Bill, who has been the chairman of Fever-Tree Drinks since 2013 and is a former chairman of Muscular Dystrophy UK, will join the organisation on December 5. He takes over from current… Read More