Young people across Essex are being encouraged to sign up for this autumn’s Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award programme.
The world’s leading youth achievement award, run locally by Essex County Council’s Youth Service, provides young people aged 13 to 25 with the opportunity to develop their communication, leadership and teamwork skills, boost their CV and take part in an adventurous expedition in the great outdoors.
As well as supporting Essex schools with running the DofE programme, Essex Youth Service also runs the award itself from eight youth centres across the county.
4,936 young people in Essex participated in the DofE Award in 2016/2017 – 60 per cent increase on 2015/2016.
The latest programme starts in November and young people will have the opportunity to complete one of three progressive awards – bronze, silver or gold.
To find out more, come along to one of the following information events:
- Braintree – Chapel Hill Youth Centre, Chapel Hill, Braintree, CM7 3QZ – Thursday, 5 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Brentwood – The Hermit, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AG – Monday, 2 October 2017 (7pm)
- Chelmsford (Bronze Award) – Chelmer Gate,193 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0LG – Wednesday, 4 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Chelmsford (Silver and Gold Awards) – Chelmer Gate,193 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0LG - Tuesday, 3 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Colchester – Colchester Townhouse, 39-42 East Stockwell Street, Colchester, CO1 1SS – Monday, 2 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Hadleigh – Hadleigh Youth Centre, The King John School, Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley, SS7 1RQ – Tuesday, 3 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Harlow – Hare Street Youth Centre, Harberts Road, Harlow, CM19 4AY – Tuesday, 3 October 2017 (7.30pm)
- Loughton – Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Boarders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SB – Monday, 2 October 2017 (7.30pm)
Spaces are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards give young people the opportunity to take on challenges that are truly life changing.
“It supports their transition into adulthood by teaching them important life skills, as well as building their confidence and developing their mental and physical perseverance, resilience and initiative.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested to find out more or, better still, get registered.”