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DofE For All

Transform a young person's life. Give a life changing opportunity!

Do you work with a young person who could benefit from experiencing The DofE Award? And who would jump at the opportunity to start?

Now in its 4th year, DofE for All provides young people that need it most, an opportunity for challenge, fun and huge personal development. We aim to equip each participant with increased aspiration, confidence and resilience to deal with the world around them.

We are offering 21 fully-funded places on our DofE For All programme taking place between 25th - 29th July 2022. Open to 14*-24 year olds in Essex. (*or in the school year in which the peer group turn 14, therefore they can be 13 years old at the time of the programme)

We need your help to identify young people in Essex who would benefit most from this opportunity. This could include young people in foster care, leaving care, not in education or employment, young people with disabilities, low-income families, or those experiencing challenges with any of the following:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Social Isolation
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Conflict within the family

We are keen to receive referrals for young people who ordinarily could/would never consider doing the award due to personal circumstance.

Watch what happened on our 2019 project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onudTQW5bHA

 

“Every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” Roy T. Bennett

 

Make a referral - Deadline 30th June 2022

https://youth.essex.gov.uk/young-people/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/funded-dofe-summer-programme/

Referrals will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted with a confirmation thereafter. A referral does not give an automatic place on the programme.

Commitment required by participants

  • eDofE set-up and training: Attend one online session 
  • Three days practical training: Participants will learn expedition skills needed to be self sufficient within an expedition team. Skills learnt include: camp craft, navigation, map reading, stove cooking, expedition nutrition, first aid, emergency procedures, expedition packing and route planning. Training will take place on 25th 26th and 27th July 2022 10am-4pm at Braintree Youth Centre, Chapel Hill, Braintree, CM7 3QZ
  • Two day/ one night walking expedition: Expedition teams will independently navigate their way through the Essex countryside, putting into practice their newly acquired expedition skills and camping in the great outdoors. Each team (up to 7 participants) will be assessed against DofE’s 20 conditions: The 20 Conditions of the Expedition section - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (dofe.org) To take place on 28th and 29th July. Starting and finishing at Braintree Youth Centre, Chapel Hill, Braintree, CM7 3QZ
  • Participants will need to independently start and complete the Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections of the award in order to achieve the entire DofE Bronze Award. One section must be committed to for 6 months, the remaining two sections for 3 months. At least one hour a week must be spent doing each section
  • Phone and email support will be provided thereafter, as necessary to support the young person to complete the entire award

What is included

  • Registration on The DofE Award programme
  • Training by qualified and experienced staff
  • The use of tents, roll mats, maps, compasses, cooking stoves and rucksacks
  • On-going email and phone support to ensure the participant completes the bronze award

Participants need to bring

  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Travel to and attendance at all three mandatory training days, in order to start the expedition. Financial support with travel is available
  • Online attendance at the eDofE set-up call
  • Commitment to complete the programme
  • Walking shoes or boots (these can be purchased for as little as £20)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (we do have a supply of waterproofs in some sizes)
  • Packed lunch for training days and food for the duration of the 2 day expedition

Who is eligible?

Open to 14*-24 year olds in Essex. (*or in the school year in which the peer group turn 14, therefore they can be 13 years old at the time of the programme). This programme supports the guiding principle of The DofE Award being achievable by all.

We are keen to receive referrals for those who ordinarily could never consider doing the award due to personal circumstance. Current DofE participants are not eligible.

The programme is available to young people satisfying the following criteria:

  • The home address of the participant is within an area designated by the government Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) of 1, 2 or 3. Priority given to those living in areas 1 and 2. Or
  • The participant has declared themselves as having a disability. Or
  • The participant is a child in care. Or
  • In receipt of free school meals and pupil premium. Or
  • The participant is not in education or employment

or those experiencing challenges with any of the following:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Social Isolation
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Conflict within the family

Refer a young person by 30th June 2022

Do you know a young person who would benefit from this experience? Submit your referral: https://youth.essex.gov.uk/young-people/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/funded-dofe-summer-programme/

 

Referrals will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted with a confirmation thereafter. A referral does not give an automatic place on the programme.

 

Watch to see what happened on our 2019 project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onudTQW5bHA