The Corporate Challenge

Supporting The Challenge Network

The contributions of our corporate partners make a tremendous impact on our young people.  Our programme would not be successful were it not for the time, effort and resources invested by the hundreds of businesses who get involved.  We therefore work closely with our partners to build lasting relationships from which both parties benefit.  There are a number of ways that your company can support The Challenge Network.

Become a partner

Although much of the funding for The Challenge comes through the National Citizen Service programme, we still need to raise ~£50 per participant.  Through your contributions, you can make a local or a national impact:

  • £3,000 – sponsors 5 local teams of 12 young people
  • £10,000 – funds 100 social action projects
  • £36,000 – funds all the teams in a region for the whole summer
  • £55,000 – supports the 2011 programme graduates in ongoing volunteering through The Challenge Society for one year
  • £100,000 – enables 2000 young people to join the programme

Give in-kind

As the number of young people on the programme expands, so does our requirement for everything from venues, food, and transport to printing, marketing and technology.  Many of our partners donate their products and services free of charge.  Others host professional visits for the young people or provide space to enable team discussions and skills development.

Sponsor an event

Sponsoring a graduation day, social action day or fundraising event is a great way to meet other like-minded companies and individuals and to increase your reach in the community.

Differentiate through cause-related marketing

Make your brand stand out and increase customer loyalty by associating with The Challenge Network’s positive social impact whilst at the same time raising money for the charity.

Engaging employees

We have a number of employee engagement opportunities throughout the year that help your employees connect to their communities, unlock their talent and bond in teams, whilst at the same time having a lot of fun. These options vary in duration and skills required, meaning there is something for everyone.

Mentor a graduate (ongoing)

Your employees can help develop the potential of a Challenge graduate through one-to-one mentoring, either in an official job placement, or outside the office environment.  Mentors offer career and life advice and serve as adult role models.

Coach a team (3-4 hours per month, ongoing)

Your employees can mentor a team of Challenge graduates as they design and implement a social action project in their community, providing coaching and support over email and in person, and celebrating with the teams upon completion of the project.

Be a dragon (2.5 hours, July-Sept)

Teams design a sponsorship and awareness campaign, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for feedback and funding.  As dragons, your employees will have the chance to directly influence the projects that are delivered.

Host a professional visit or run a workshop (2 hours, ongoing)

Your office can host a group of 10-12 young people, telling them about what your company does and how it does it, giving young people an impression of the professional work place.

Be a volunteer (1 day, year-round)

Your employees can work alongside a team of Challenge graduates as they deliver their social action projects in their local community.  Being a volunteer gives your employees the opportunity for hands-on delivery within their community whilst at the same time supporting and inspiring the young people involved.

Fundraise for The Challenge

Raise money for The Challenge Network by holding events like sponsored runs and charitable office auctions.

Invest in The Challenge 

Invest in a charitable bond through Allia.  Your employees get a secure, fixed term investment whilst The Challenge Network gets an up-front tax-free gift.

Engaging stakeholders

We will provide you with key management information that will help you keep your stakeholders up-to-date and make reporting and applying for community service awards simple.  You will receive:

  • Statistics on the number of employees engaged and the number of hours spent on community work
  • Key metrics on the impact that the programme – and your employees – are having on young people
  • Case studies and profiles that can be used for corporate responsibility reporting
  • Regular newsletter that keeps our community and business partners informed of programme highlights
If you are interested in any of the aforementioned options, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].

“The Challenge proves that it’s possible to put a large group of 16 year olds together and see them grow and accomplish something that will have a lasting effect.”

Aidan, Challenge participant (2010)


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