Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

The SASBAH Duke of Edinburgh's Award Support Programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards are an adventure and a challenge to young people aged 14-25 to get involved with a balanced programme of activities that stretch them and encourage development of their mind, body and soul in a non-competitive environment. Their ability to elevate their self-confidence, skills and aspirations is extraordinary. That is why SASBAH chose to become an approved centre for the Awards, offering full support to young people with all types of disability to participate in and gain Awards at Bronze, Silver or Gold levels.

Is it for me?

If you are 14 or over, and prepared to stick at the activities you choose, you can achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are three levels:

• Bronze • Silver • Gold

It takes a minimum of 6 months to achieve a Bronze DofE Award; 12 months for Silver and 18 months for Gold. But it’s not a race – you can take as much time as you need to complete each section, as long as you complete the whole programme by your 25th birthday to achieve an Award.

And some of the activities you may already be involved in at SASBAH or elsewhere – sports, hobbies or voluntary work – can count towards your Award, as long as you’re prepared to continue to participate regularly in each activity (normally an average of at least an hour a week) and to show some improvement. But it’s good to try something new as well, or something that you’ve always wanted to do. And with hundreds of activities to choose from, you’ll be able to put together your own Duke of Edinburgh’s programme that is just right for you.

What will I have to do?

At each level, there are four sections:

• Volunteering • Physical • Skills • Expedition

You’ll choose one activity in each section – something that you’re really into, or keen to have a go at. It’s all about setting yourself a challenge and feeling great when you achieve it!

Take a look at the DofE PHOTO GALLERY to see the range of interesting and exciting activities that SASBAH participants have done to achieve their Awards.

You will get lots of help to choose your activities and to get going. You’ll have your own electronic Duke of Edinburgh’s Award record (eDofE) that you can use at home, at SASBAH, or anywhere with access to the Internet. eDofE will help you record what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved. And when you finish each section, it will be approved and you’ll be able to print a record of your Duke of Edinburgh’s adventure and achievements.

And if you go on to do the Gold level, there’s an additional fifth section:

  • Residential

What does it cost?

At Bronze and Silver, it costs £15 to register for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and to set up your eDofE account. SASBAH will pay £10 and you will be asked to make a contribution of £5.

How do I get started?

Contact SASBAH’s DofE Centre Co-ordinator George Collier. He’ll help you complete a simple enrolment form (signed by a parent or carer if you are under 18). Then you’ll choose the activities that you are going to do in each section, set up your eDofE account…and off you go on your DofE adventure!

What will I get when I finish?

You’ll get a sectional certificate when you complete each of the 4 sections. And when you’ve finished all 4 sections, you’ll receive a DofE Bronze (or Silver) Certificate and DofE Badge. But you will also have picked up lots of experiences along the way, new friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

DofE is for Adults too!

You don’t need special qualifications to be a DofE volunteer – from giving guidance and advice or training and assessing a young person’s progress, to driving a minibus or helping out with the admin – there’s a role for everyone. And if you do have specialist skills, interests or qualifications, why not put them to good use?

So, if you enjoy a challenge and get a buzz out of helping young people develop the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in life, then YOU would be a fantastic volunteer for DofE. To find out how, contact SASBAH’s DofE Centre Co-ordinator George Collier

The whole programme is run by George Collier, an experienced youth development worker, who has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards for many years, oringinally as a participant, and later in various different roles, most recently before joining SASBAH as DofE Development Officer for East Sussex. He helps plan and support young participants through the process.

For those with disabilities, the whole Awards process can seem daunting, but, with patience and putting in place exactly the right level of challenge for each individual related to the level of the Award, all participants can achieve their goal. If necessary, special arrangements or adaptation of equipment can be put in place to enable equality of opportunity for everyone.

The Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards for the South East visited the SASBAH centre during 2011, and said he was extremely impressed by the enthusiasm of the participants. He added:

What a wonderful project – I am so pleased that you are getting D of E established here. We can clearly see the great benefits it is bringing.”

To contact the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Co-ordinator at SASBAH, telephone the SASBAH Office on 01825 873045, or email george@sasbah.org.uk.

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