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, meet new people, 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 the natural extension to the NCS experience that challenges you to complete 16 hours or more of volunteering. In return, you get access to skills, a guaranteed job interview and the opportunity of meeting different people.

    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).

  • Industry placements-

    T Level Transition Support

    We are working with the Department of Education and the Association of Colleges to lead on the design and implementation of a T Level transition programme for young people.

  • HeadStart Young Refugees - Homepage Card

    HeadStart Young Refugees

    The Young Refugee project builds on the existing HeadStart model working with local organisations to build the skills of young refugees and help them into future employment.

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