Duke of Edinburgh's Award Cornwall
Young People Cornwall in Lemon Street, Truro are currently managing a DofE licence to assist disadvantaged young people who wish to undertake their DofE award across Cornwall. We are particularly interested in any young person who cannot access DofE under normal school routes or who are wanting to work on their awards independently or via small youth groups/clubs or charities. I can also support special needs schools or groups. We currently have 5 Open award Centres staffed by qualified volunteers and a virtual centre where we can offer support to young people who perhaps move away to university etc but who still wish to complete their DofE. We can offer training and expeditions throughout the year.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)? The award is a four-Section programme with three levels of commitment:
- Bronze (for those aged 13 and over)
- Silver (for those aged 15 and over)
- Gold (for those aged 16 and over).
DofE is broken down in the following sections (minimum of an hour per week for each activity is undertaken for varying lengths of time.)
- Volunteering (helping people in need in the community, charities or not for profit organisations).
- Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest).
- Physical Recreation (sport, dance and fitness).
- Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle).
Residential Project (Golds only) a 5 day 4 night residential with a common purpose shared with others you do not know - NCS is ideal and many other opportunities are advertised on www.dofe.org/opportunities
The Ten Key Principles of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award:
- Non-Competitive: The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Each participant's programme is tailor-made to reflect the individual starting point, abilities and interests.
- Available to All: With a commitment to equal opportunities, the Award Programme is available to all young people who choose to take up its challenge.
- Voluntary: Young people make a free choice to enter the programme and commit their own time to undertake the activities.
- Flexible: Young people design their own programme, which can be geared to their choice and personal circumstances and also to local provision. They may enter for whichever level of Award best suits them, and may take as long as they wish to complete an Award.
- Balanced: By choosing activities in each of four different Sections (five at Gold), participants undertake a balanced and wide ranging programme.
- Progressive: At each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree of commitment and responsibility from the participant.
- Achievement Focused: Before starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own goals. If they aim for those goals and show improvement, they will achieve their Award.
- Marathon, not a Sprint: The Award demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed in a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants may want to continue with activities beyond the minimum time requirements set out for each level of the Award.
- Personal Development: The Award is a programme of personal and social development. The value to young people is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.
- Enjoyable: Young people and helpers should find participation enjoyable and satisfying.
If you would like to know more about DofE or if you would like me to come and talk to young people or your team about possibly providing Dofe opportunities in your organisation please get in touch with me using the contact details below.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Young People Cornwall
- TR1 2PE
This is only the office base - we operate all over Cornwall and currently have Open award Centres in Truro, Hayle, Helston and Saltash, Torpoint and North Cornwall and can deliver locally if you have a group interested.
Time / date details
- When is it on?
- Ask for Venues and Details
- Time of day
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £21 bronze/silver £28 golds N/A
- Bronze and silvers cost £21
Golds £28 (payments made payable to Young People Cornwall)
- Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?
- Age ranges
- From 13 years to 24 years
- Referral required
- How we make our service inclusive
We have some special needs groups via SENSE, Spectrum, Mencap & Active8 and always try and include anyone in our Open Award Centre provision
- Staff SEND experience
The DofE volunteers have a variety of skills and are all supportive of young people. All expedition training is led by suitably qualified leaders who have the relevant safety qualifications and knowledge.
- How our service supports providers / schools / colleges
We can provide training for staff and volunteers under our license as and when required.
Under our licence we can support SEN schools and charities.
- Other local or national support
The national website for Duke of Edinburgh award has many oppportunities listed and loads of information www.dofe.org
- Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints
Initially problems should be referred to the Centre Co-ordinator and if unresolved can be reported to the DofE Manager at YPC or Regional south West Office.
Last updated: 12/06/2018