The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was started in 1956 and has been so successful it is now the world’s leading youth achievement award. The award gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential, and have a brighter future, which is more important than ever given the current economic environment. It is widely recognised by employers and further education establishments, as they are requiring young people to have more than just formal qualifications (Tess 2012)
Award Solutions is all about young people’s personal and social development and about encouraging young people to reflect and evaluate the skills and experiences they have gained from participating in the award and transferring them into everyday life, thus developing their confidence and self-esteem.
Award Solutions can provide plenty of ideas of different activities that young people can participate in to complete a section.
We have a vast experience of working with young people from a variety of different backgrounds from young people with learning or physical needs through to young people on the verge of exclusion from school. We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to participate in the award and have adapted expeditions to make them accessible to all young people. We are a recognised approved disability specialisation by D of E.
We offer a wide variety of support to your group from managing the whole of the expedition section for you to providing additional staff to train, supervise or assess your expedition group. We are a staff team with over 25 years of expedition experience and are happy to talk through with what your requirements are and provide free impartial advice.
We also have experience of managing the eDofE system and can provide group or one to one tuition in setting up and managing the system. Once we have it all sorted out you’ll be amazed how easy it is to run and get under control.
We also deliver a number of other awards that can be used as a section for the award.
National Indoor Climbing Awards Scheme can be used for the physical section
We also deliver the Adventure Service Challenge Award for the pre D of E age range under (14) which will prepare young people for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award when they are old enough.
As a registered Charity, we may be able to work in partnership with your organisation in applying for funding to deliver your project.
We are always looking for adult volunteers to help deliver our programmes. By having volunteers helps reduce our costs and enables us to work with more young people. To find out more please contact us to arrange an informal interview. We will require you to have a full DBR check and to provide two references.