‘What can I do?’

A couple of days ago I was talking to Mustafa, one of our recent National Citizen Service graduates. He told me how his school was near a Traveller community and that while there were pupils from that community at his school, he had never made friends or mixed much with… Read More

“When you’re playing football, everyone is equal”

Our differences needn’t divide us. In fact, research by the Social Integration Commission shows that the opposite can be true – when people from different walks of life meet, mix and lead interconnected lives, trust grows and communities flourish. But how do we make sure we meet people… Read More

Britain’s teens dedicate 100,000 hours to good deeds

The Mayor of London and several leading British businesses have led praise for our HeadStart programme, which has seen young people give up 100,000 hours of their time to good causes, encouraged them to broaden their ambitions, and helped to build a more integrated Britain. HeadStart was created by the… Read More

Research reveals the worrying extent of segregation in UK schools

Research released by The Challenge today reveals that thousands of schools across England are segregated along ethnic and socio-economic lines. The study includes information from all of England’s 20,000+ registered state schools. It is the first report to look at segregation by comparing schools’ ethnic and free school meal intakes… Read More

My NCS story

Working at The Challenge, you hear stories about the life-changing impacts of NCS every day. This is just my story. I really didn’t know what to expect when I signed up to work as a mentor last year. I knew a fair bit about NCS – that it was a… Read More

Join us at ‘The Great Get Together’ this summer

This summer on the 17th and 18th of June, millions of people across the country will be getting together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we have in common.  The event marks one year since MP Jo Cox was killed. Jo lived her life according… Read More

Work with us on NCS this summer

Are you thinking about your plans for the summer this year? And interested in working with young people and supporting them to make a difference in their local community? Well, we’re looking for passionate and dedicated people to lead, motivate and inspire young people on our National… Read More

MPs release new report into immigration and integration in the UK

MPs launched a report today into how the UK’s immigration system could more effectively promote integration. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (a cross-party group of MPs and peers) is calling for: The Government to look at introducing a regional immigration system based on the Canadian model;… Read More

New research reveals growing ethnic divisions in the UK

Deep concern over growing segregation as new research shows Britons are socialising less with people from different ethnic backgrounds. A study commissioned by The Challenge, has found that, compared to a similar survey in 2014, Britons are socialising less with people from a different ethnicity to their own and… Read More

Communities Secretary calls for ‘British values oath’

The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said that civil servants and other holders of public office should swear an oath to British values.  He said that people couldn’t play a “positive role” in public life unless they were prepared to listen to views they didn’t agree with and accept… Read More