The Challenge

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. Today, The Challenge is the leading social integration charity. Our vision is a society where our differences do not divide us.  We believe everyone benefits when people from different backgrounds come together. Employing over 500 full-time staff, we now support over 45,000 young people each year and impact the lives of a great deal more through our policy and advocacy work.

In 2014, with the support of the Mayor of London, we launched HeadStart, an innovative volunteering programme aimed to up-skill and empower young people for further education and employment. With the help of our fantastic corporate partners, HeadStart hopes to inspire a new generation of volunteers and provide a significant benefit to society by connecting young people to local volunteering opportunities and providing a guaranteed job interview to those who give up 16+ hours of their time. 

HeadStart is now operating across London, Birmingham, and some parts of Manchester, supporting thousands of young volunteers to gain invaluable skills and experiences while mixing with people from different backgrounds. To date, HeadStart volunteers have contributed over 52,000 hours to benefitting their local communities, and the number just keeps growing.