Youth Connexions marks the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
15 November 2016
This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and, as part of the national celebrations, Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions held a celebration to thank the centres which deliver the programme for their hard work and commitment.
21 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award centres were represented at the event held on 10th November at County Hall in Hertford. Each received a certificate of thanks and a commemorative paperweight presented to them by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Stuart Lewis.
Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions has been licensed as an Operating Authority of the DofE since 1974. It currently support 83 schools and 10 youth work projects across Hertfordshire to deliver the DofE to over 10,000 young people aged between 13 and 25 each year.
Those who received awards included Sara Edwards from Hitchin Girls School who has been assisting with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for over 20 years
Also receiving an award was Adrian Devine from Rivers Education Support Centre in Hoddesdon which only started the award programme last year and has recently submitted its first Bronze Awards for approval.
County Councillor Richard Roberts, HCC Executive Member for Children’s Services gave a closing speech. He said: “My heartfelt thanks to all of Hertfordshire schools, education support centres, Youth Connexions and others for encouraging so many young people to take up the challenge of The Duke of Edinburgh scheme and to succeed in delivering the programme to ever increasing numbers of young people.”
The event was hosted by John Weinstock, DofE Manager for Hertfordshire County Council, and guest speakers included: Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam; Taryn Pearson-Rose, HCC Assistant Director of Customer Engagement; Lindsey Rigby-Smith, Outreach Manager, Outreach and Widening Participation University of Hertfordshire, and; Christian Scott, DofE Director South East.
The following centres received awards:
Beaumont School – Ella Dickson
Bishops Stortford College – Emma Chaplin
Broxbourne School – Cris Harvey
Chancellors School – Gilly Shirazi
Cheshunt School – Ian McDowell
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls – Hannah Robinson
Haileybury College – Bill Irving
Herts and Essex High School – John Boyle
Hitchin Girls School – Sara Edwards
Hockerill College – Natasha Hillcoat-Hyde
Lonsdale School – Sheena Harley
Monks Walk School – Andy Riley
Onslow St Audreys School – Steph Hodgson
Parmiters School – Mark Holloway
Princess Helena College – Debbie Hammond
Richard Hale School – Derek Clarke
Rivers ESC – Adrian Devine
Sandringham School – Alison Cuneen
St Clement Danes School – Amanda Kirby
Thomas Alleyne Academy – Nicola De Laune
Youth Connexions Broxbourne Team – Howard Garner
Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.