The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
What it is and how you can be a part of it.
What is a DofE?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a programme aimed at teenagers and young people aged 14 to 24 years old. You can choose whether you want to go for the bronze, silver or gold awards. The bronze award is six months, the silver is twelve months (less if you have already done your bronze) and the gold is eighteen months (less if you have already done your silver). Most participants prefer to start on bronze and work their way up to gold.
What participants do for their programme is entirely up to them though four sections must be covered (Five if you are taking on the Gold award) these are volunteering, physical activities, skills and an expedition, if you are going to go for the gold there will also be a residential as a fifth activity.
More Information on Activities
Whilst taking part in the voluntary section of the DofE, you will choose what project, organization or charity to volunteer for. You will get the chance to put your skills and experiences to good use and to really make a difference.
The physical section of the DofE involves choosing a physical activity that you enjoy and that is good for your health. The physical does not necessarily have to be a sport (unless you would like it to be a sport of course), it can be running, jogging, swimming, martial arts, dance or any other physical activity, provided of course that it will keep you physically fit.
Here is the section in which participants really get to shine, your skill activity should be whatever you are interested in and comfortable with doing. You will not only be putting your skill to use but you will also be developing and improving it along the way. The skills section is a very versatile one, you can do anything from basic life skills to getting creative with art, music or drama, whatever you are happy confident and comfortable with doing.
In your expedition, you will go out and have yourself an adventure with a team of your choosing, wherever you want to go you must decide on how you are going to get there, what you are going to do there and how this will challenge you.
This is a bonus section is for participants in the Gold award. The residential is similar to the Expedition; you will go away for at least five days with a team of people and work on your teamwork and communication skills whilst taking part in a range of different activities. You can go wherever you wish for this and arrange it however you like as long as the above criteria is met.
How can it help?
- DofE is a fun and adventurous experience, one that you won’t forget
- A chance to learn some new skills and showcase them
- A chance to develop and refine your existing skills
- Become inspired and develop new aspirations for the future
- Boosting your confidence and self-esteem
- A real feeling of accomplishment and a chance to change the lives of others as well as your own
- Something impressive to add to your CV, lots of employers really rate the DofE
In short, the DofE is a worthwhile and life changing experience filled with achievement and adventure.
Jake Piggott - Princes Trust Placement
If you are an adult volunteer working with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or would like to become a volunteer you can find more information on Oxfordshire DofE.
How can I apply?
If you would like to start your own adventure with the DofE or if you would like more information, you can ask your school or if not in school you can head to your local Early Intervention Hub for details about the awards and how to apply.
Alternatively you can visit the DofE website for more information, success stories from previous participants, details about applying including application forms and much more.
You can also register an interest using the form below. Best of luck to you all!