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Our flagship volunteering programme, Challenge is Zurich’s biggest annual team volunteer event. Brokered by ZCT, it brings together employee teams from Zurich offices across the country to complete a one off project which benefits a local voluntary organisation or school.

Hard to believe, but ‘Challenge 2019’ will mark an amazing 30 years of helping to transform our communities and, more importantly, the lives of those people living within them.   

Challenge projects take many forms and usually include a fundraising element. Teams could be asked to transform a garden or a hallway; or to furnish a sensory room and put up fencing. Or maybe to simply let young carers be children for the day with a trip to Alton Tower or the seaside or host a vintage tea party for those living with dementia and their carers. Whatever the project activity, we always look to engage directly with the beneficiaries themselves.

Challenge may be our longest running volunteering programme but it's young at heart. It's an integral part of working for Zurich in the UK and is a fixture in every employee's calendar. And our charity partners wouldn't have it any other way!W

Challenge by  numbers

More than 250 challenge projects completed each year

Around 2,500 days committed to delivering Challenge each year

The team were completely amazing - they all worked so hard to ensure the garden at the refuge was ready for the families here to enjoy over the summer holidays. Thank you so much. No words can express the support you give us regularly.

Karen Stew, Swindon Women's Aid
One of the many charities to benefit from Challenge

What they say...

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100% of organisations we work with through the Challenge programme say it’s a “worthwhile event.”

85% of employee volunteers say it makes them proud to work for Zurich in the UK.

Challenge unwrapped

image small child opening Challenge Christmas present

There are two Challenge seasons each year. Spring Challenge launches in May and Festive Challenge in October.

Challenge is all about putting the beneficiary organisations themselves in the driving seat. So they are the ones to select and submit projects that are going to be of real value both to those they support and to the organisations themselves.

Which is why we aim to directly engage with beneficiaries on at least 50% of our challenges each year.