Supporting The Challenge and our mission

We are very keen to hear from individuals, businesses and funders who agree with us that our differences do not have to divide us. You can help to fund our work to bring people from different communities together for a stronger society.

Should you or your organisation wish to support us, please follow the links to our fundraising pages below or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • NCS Bursary Appeal  – for every £30 donated to the bursary appeal, you will enable one young person to take part on NCS next year, giving them a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new friends, develop confidence and gain new skills.  

  • The Challenge – funding towards the core activities of the organisation will support our work to raise awreness of social integration issues among decision-makers. Step Forward and future new programmes launched by The Challenge will support our mission of building a more united society. 


  • The Challenge is the largest provider of the National Citizen Service in the UK

  • 72% of our NCS participants agreed with the statement: ‘I am more able to trust people’

  • We employ over 400 permanent staff nationally and over 3,500 seasonal staff

  • 76% of our NCS participants felt more confident about getting a job in the future

  • In 2014, 93% of HeadStart graduates felt they had improved communication skills

  • In 2014, 66% of HeadStart graduates felt they would continue volunteering after HeadStart

  • Nearly a third of young people who have heard of Step Forward rated it as their first choice when leaving school

  • In 2014, 85% of HeadStart graduates felt they better trusted people from different walks of life

  • In 2014, The Challenge collaborated with 800 community and business partners

  • In 2014, 78% of HeadStart graduates felt more connected to their community

  • 88% of our NCS participants felt they were better at working in a team

  • 94% of young people attending NCS, delivered by The Challenge in 2014, attended state schools, with 13% on free school meals

  • Step Forward received over 400 applications in its first year for just 48 places

  • 7% of those attending NCS, delivered by The Challenge in 2014, had a disability

  • In 2014, 52% of participants in NCS, delivered by The Challenge, were from a black and minority ethnic background

  • Over 30,000 16 and 17 year olds will take part in NCS delivered by The Challenge in 2015