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Next week The Challenge will be taking part in The Great Get Together – a series of nationwide events to bring together communities, neighbours and friends. Inspired by the late MP Jo Cox, we will unite around her important message that 'we have more in common than that which divides us.'
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 them.
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.
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.