This is the only summer I wish I could rewind and start all over again. NCS has given me the best experience of my life.

NCS participant, 2018


The Challenge designs and delivers programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

If you would like to find out more about our programmes please follow the links below.

Our current programmes

  • NCS programme

    National Citizen Service (NCS)

    NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try new activities and challenge yourself, build skills for work and life, and contribute to your local community.

    Are you 15-17 and looking for your next adventure?

  • headstart programme


    HeadStart is an award-winning programme that challenges you to complete 16 hours or more of volunteering. In return, you get access to skills workshops and a guaranteed job interview with a leading employer.

    Are you 16-19 and looking for your next challenge?

  • headstart action

    HeadStart Action

    HeadStart Action uses social action and employer encounters to support and inspire young people aged 14-18 years who are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET).

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