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Duke of Edinburgh's Award opportunities

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a personal development programme for people aged 14 to 24. It's meant to be a real adventure from beginning to end, so you will be helping people, the community or (in our case) the environment, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). You can do programmes at three levels, Bronze (14+), Silver (15+) or Gold (16+), which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE). Your activities are in four sections (five at Gold), which are:

  • Volunteering - helping someone, your community or the environment
  • Physical - becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills - developing existing talents or trying something new
  • Expedition - planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey
  • Residential (Gold only) - staying and working away from home as part of a team

If you wish to ask about taking part in DofE in your area – as a potential participant, a participant's parent or as a potential voluntary supporter – go to the Taking Part page of the DofE website to find a county or district level contact who will be able to tell you about your nearest DofE group.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award – 2014 residential opportunity

In August each year the Authority provides a residential opportunity (an outdoor, practical conservation task-based project) for young people who are working on their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award. The next will be based in North Ribblesdale, from Saturday 16 Friday 22 August 2014, running alongside the region's Yorkshire Dales Open Gold Expeditions. For further information on the residential and an application form, as well as seeing previous participants' feedback, follow the appropriate link below. The week's programme has been built around your achievement of the 'Discovery' level of John Muir Award – a very worthwhile extra. The cost for this event is £195.

Follow the links to see the relevant documents.

Missed your Gold expedition? It's not the end of the world!

If for some reason (injury, bad timing, lack of companions) you've missed out on your Gold expedition, there is a 'second chance' in August. At the same time as the residential above (Saturday 16 to Friday 22 August 2014), assessors from the Yorkshire Dales and Pennines Support Group of DofE will be offering 'Open Gold Expeditions', making up groups of young people in the same situation as you and then both supervising and assessing the expeditions. You can find further information by downloading the Yorkshire Dales Open Gold Expeditions and residential flyer.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award – volunteering

Individual opportunities are available for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award participants to train with new Dales Volunteers and understudy others who are more experienced. This opportunity begins each autumn (and not, currently, at any other time). As travel can be difficult for young people, candidates must live fairly close to the Dales and be flexible. Our aim is that all DofE conservation programmes with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will be linked to the John Muir Award. To express an interest, please email us at volunteers@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

There are no opportunities currently available.

Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award –volunteering

Although the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is unable to to offer opportunities itself, if you are interested in the 'conservation' (Volunteering section) projects at Bronze or Silver levels of the Award we may be able to put you in touch with local assessors who can give you more advice. Please contact the Volunteers Support Officer at volunteers@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

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