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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The DofE Award is aimed at young people who are aged 14 years or older or who have started Year 9 at school. You have until your 25th birthday to complete the award. You plan your own unique journey by choosing from a range of volunteering, physical, skills and expedition activities as well as taking part in a residential at Gold. There are three progressive Award levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Why do a DofE Award?

  • It’s fun and rewarding
  • You’ll grow in confidence and become more independent
  • It looks great on your CV and opens doors to education and employment opportunities
  • You get to volunteer, get fit, learn and go on expeditions
  • It’s one amazing adventure after another that you’ll never forget

How long will a DofE Award take?

You need to spend an hour a week on each section.

A Bronze Award will take at least six months. You spend three months on each section; Volunteering, Physical and Skills. You also need to spend a further three months on a section of your choice and complete a two day expedition.

A Silver Award will take at least six months. You need to volunteer for six months. For the Physical and Skill sections you need to spend six months on one and three months on the other. You will also complete a three day expedition. If you have not done the Bronze Award you will need to spend an additional six months on one of the six month sections.

A Gold Award will take at least 12 months. You need to volunteer for 12 months. For the Physical and Skill sections you need to spend 12 months on one and six months on the other. You will also complete a four day expedition and a five day residential. If you have not done the Silver Award you will need to spend an additional six months on one of the 12 month sections.

What is involved

You choose the activities you are going to do for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections. You also plan and take part in an expedition. At Gold you also organise a five day residential.

Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Getting off your sofa and taking time out to change things for the better can be great fun. From conservation to youth work to fundraising for your favourite charity or caring for animals, there’s an endless list of the types of projects you can get involved in.

Through the Physical section you should achieve a greater physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity. It’s sure to make you feel healthier and you’ll have fun along the way! From hockey to dance, rock climbing to swimming, wheelchair basketball to yoga – almost any dance, sport or fitness activity can count. You can join a team or do it on your own, concentrate on something you’re already doing or try something completely different – it’s up to you.

The Skills section is all about developing practical and social skills and personal interests. By choosing to develop a particular skill you are not only developing a new talent but you will also boost your self-esteem, develop practical and social skills and learn how to set and rise to a challenge. If this isn’t enough, it should also be good fun too. From podcasting to playing a musical instrument, fine art to website design, there’s an endless list of the types of skills you can do.

For the expedition you will be in a team of between four and seven. With your team, you’ll plan an aim for your expedition, plan your route and do lots of fun training to make sure you’re fully prepared and know what you’re doing.

Further information

If you would like to participate or find out more information please contact your local youth centre, Open Award Centre or if you have one speak to your FYPS Worker. Contact information for each youth centre can be found on the individual youth centre pages or below for the Open Award Centres. Further information can also be found on the DofE website or by emailing the Youth Accreditation Coordinator at dofe@southglos.gov.uk.

Open Award Centres Address Meeting Day Contact
Thornbury OAC DofE OAC, The Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HB Thursday 7.30pm to 8.30pm toacdofe@gmail.com
Yate OAC DofE OAC, Yate library, 44 West Walk, Yate, Bristol BS37 4AX Wednesday 8pm to 9.30pm

 

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