Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme gives young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfill their potential and have a brighter future.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Hertfordshire

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Taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme allows young people from all backgrounds to complete a unique personal development programme as they undertake a series of activities.

Youth Connexions is the licensed organisation (LO) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) in Hertfordshire. This licence allows schools, learning establishments and youth projects to deliver DofE programmes to young people aged between 14 and 19 (up to 24 for young people with disabilities and/or learning difficulties) under our licence.

A Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme is a series of activities young people select and undertake to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In most instances, a young person will progress through the levels starting at Bronze, then Silver and eventually Gold.

At each level a young person will carry out activities in the following areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. At Gold Level, participants must also do an additional (fifth) Residential section which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

There are currently 10 Youth Connexions youth projects across Hertfordshire which support young people to enrol on their Bronze level award. Sessions are usually after school hours, but timings and duration can vary, so please contact your nearest centre for more detailed information. Click on the 'Find your nearest Youth Connexions DofE project' tab on the left to find details of the person to contact about taking part in the DofE in your area.

During all sessions, young people have the opportunity to discuss with their co-ordinator any concerns they may have about the DofE. Time is also allocated to allow details of their activities to be added to eDofE, the online system which records all achievements and charts progress throughout the process.

Closer to the expedition season, young people will start to carry out training to enable them to successfully, independently and self-sufficiently carry out an expedition.

If young people started their DofE Award at school they can finish it with Youth Connexions.


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Click the tab on the left to get full details of your nearest Youth Connexions Duke of Edinburgh's Award project on MOGOlistings and who to contact to get involved.

Watch this short video made by young people who took part in Watford in 2015:

Alternatively, you can join the DofE Hertfordshire Open Award Centre. The Open Award Centre provides virtual support for your DofE programme with occasional meetings across Hertfordshire. You will be supported by a DofE Leader who will provide advice and encouragement by telephone, email and eDofE messaging. If you wish to register with the Hertfordshire Open Award Centre email dofe@hertfordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01992 588225 to request an enrolment pack.

Further details about the award can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award national website: www.dofe.org.

A grant could be available from The Sir George Burns Fund for young people with disabilities, and other young people whom, for one reason or another, the Governors of the Foundation might regard as underprivileged. Find out more here.

For more information please contact the Hertfordshire DofE Office on 01992 588225 or e-mail dofe@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Already enrolled? Look for volunteering opportunities on channelMOGO and find activities and ideas for completing the skills and physical elements on MOGOlistings.