It’s a tough time to be a young person in the UK right now.
Many young people are held back by a lack of confidence or experience and a poverty of ambition. At the most critical stage of life’s journey, young people need some help in making positive decisions.
That’s where the DofE comes in.
We work with all young people aged between 13 and 25 from across the local area (Poole, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Christchurch) in every community and from every walk of life to provide a solution giving them the confidence and key skills employers are crying out for. Employers tell us they are looking for young people who have achieved a DofE Award when they recruit. We know the DofE improves employability, which is why many employers put their young talent, including apprentices and graduates through their DofE programme as part of their development. Doing a DofE programme improves behaviour, attitude, social skills and confidence in a young person.
Participants feel the benefit of achieving their DofE Award for the rest of their lives. It provides a prestigious certificate recognising their achievement and an improved chance of getting into university, college or a job. It gives them the opportunity to create their own individual learning programme and a chance to explore new and unfamiliar environments.
They develop personal skills including time management, problem solving and initiative. It also improves their interpersonal skills and gives them friendships for life. Besides that, it’s fun!
Christchurch DofE is an independent licensed DofE centre and the only open community-based centre in the area. Our group is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are qualified to teach and supervise Bronze, Silver award expeditions. We also link in with organisations whom we can partner to provide the Gold level. We will nurture young people’s relationship with their community through the Volunteering section of the DofE as well as build the skills base that leads to a brighter and more successful future The Centre has been in existence for over ten years and provides expedition training for an average of 25 to 30 youngsters a year.
Over the years it has gained a strong reputation for training and ongoing participant mentoring to award completion. The group operates from Somerford Youth and Community Centre and meets on Wednesday after the school day.
The Centre is self-funding via a mixture of charges to the participants and fundraising by the committee. As it is totally run by volunteers it is able to keep charges relatively low compared to other organisations. Through the Centre’s fundraising, it is also able to provide most of the kit and equipment necessary for young people to undertake their expeditions, including tents, cooking equipment, rucksacks etc.
Christchurch DofE is an independent centre, which operates under licence to Dorset County Council
Outdoor Education Service. The centre exists to support young people aged 14 – 25 undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Our DofE group is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are qualified to teach and supervise Bronze, Silver award expeditions.
The Centre has been in existence for over ten years and provides expedition training for an average of 25 to 30 youngsters a year. Over the years it has gained a strong reputation for training and ongoing participant mentoring to award completion.
The Centre is self-funding via a mixture of charges to the participants and fund raising by the committee. As it is totally run by volunteers it is able to keep charges relatively low compared to other organisations. Through the Centre’s fund raising it is also able to provide most of the kit and equipment necessary for young people to undertake their expeditions, including tents, cooking equipment, rucksacks etc.
The Centre operates from Somerford Youth and Community Centre and meets on Wednesday evenings from January to September each year with a published training programme, made available at the start of each year.
The costs include:
Enrolment onto the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Use of the JLGBs expedition equipment (tents, sleeping mats, rucksacks, stoves and pans and all the necessary maps and compasses)
The only additional costs you will incur will be for your own personal equipment such as a suitably sturdy pair of walking/hiking boots, walking socks, sleeping bag, waterproofs and food for your expedition.
As a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participant, you will get a discount card for Cotswolds Outdoor stores which you can use in store or on their website.
During your training and orientation days, you will be given advice from experts as to what is suitable and what isn’t and just so you know, you have to attend all training sessions and both expeditions in order for you to complete the Expedition section.
Please contact the following for further information.
Jae Harris (Coordinator)
Somerford Youth and Community Centre
Dorset BH23 3AH
About the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Young people can start the Award in Year 9. They will normally be aged 14 but may start aged 13 if the majority of their peers starting the Award are aged 14.
Participation in the Award gives young people the opportunity to develop time management skills. All activities should be undertaken in their free (i.e. non-directed) time and are often after-school or lunchtime clubs; evening clubs or activities or weekend activities. Since the Award is simply an extension of a young person’s personal interests and activities and has a long completion time, Award work can fit around school, college or other work quite easily.
All Award Participants need to buy an application place upon enrolment, which contains guidance and advice to help them through their Award. The cost of this Welcome Pack is fixed by the Award. Award Groups may also apply an additional charge to cover their operating and administration costs. Depending on what a participant chooses to do for their Award, there will inevitably be other costs.
For more information, including details of insurance cover, supervision of young people, safety on expeditions etc., please visit www.theaward.org , Parent zone.