“Our Associate, Alex, moved us on a lot in a short space of time.”

Benny Goodman, NCS Director, The Challenge
Benny Goodman, NCS Director, The Challenge

The Challenge

The Challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. Our mission is to design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

In April 2009, five employees and a handful of volunteers founded The Challenge. They were concerned that, as Britain becomes more diverse by income, age and ethnicity, it becomes more important that different groups and individuals mix. Otherwise, our differences will come to divide us.

That year they set out to run a summer programme that would reach 158 young people in the heart of London and kick-start the life of an organisation which has continued to expand ever since. The programme launched that summer would become the National Citizen Service (NCS) and would, within a few short years, touch the lives of tens of thousands of people. Since being founded 120,000 young people have taken part in our programmes, and our programmes have expanded to include: delivering the National Citizen Service programme, HeadStart, and Step Forward.