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.


HeadStart is an award-winning programme developed in partnership with the Mayor of London and leading employers, to bridge the gap between education and employment, whilst enabling young people to get active in their local community.

HeadStart is now owned and operated by Family Action. Please visit their website here to find out more information or see our statement here.

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).

We engage them with their education and community in a positive way, to build the skills, experience and networks they need to get ahead in the world of work.

HeadStart Action is now operated by London Youth on behalf of The Mayor of London. To read our statement about this transfer please click here.