Essex DofE Award: Choose the In-person or Virtual option
DofE can be a game-changer - raising your self-esteem, aspirations and opening doors to employment! Essex DofE is here to inspire, engage and motivate you through your award.
Start your DofE award at any point in the year and make connections and friends outside of your school, there's no restrictions as to when or where you can join. We deliver the Bronze, Silver and Gold award.
Essex DofE Award Programme
Our Essex DofE Award Programme encompasses the entire bronze, silver and gold award from training through to completion. We register young people to the award, guide participants through the award sections, sign-off sections, deliver practical and engaging training, and run our very own expeditions in the expedition season every year. Sessions run at our youth centres in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester. Or participants can choose to attend our monthly Virtual sessions.
You can get started on your award straight away. Once you register your booking confirmation email outlines how you can begin so you don't need to wait until your sessions begin to make a start on your sections. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Option 1: Youth-centre Sessions in Brentwood, Chelmsford or Colchester
Participants can register at any time, and can join in with our 10 session programme at any point from November through to March.
Our new programme for autumn 2023 contains 10 fortnightly sessions which include an emphasis on relationship and team building tasks, leadership activities and themed sessions on volunteering, first aid, and expedition cooking. We will also cover eDofE and include an aspect of free social time for young people to play.
This cohort will join expeditions starting in Spring/Summer/Autumn 2024.
Sessions at Brentwood Youth Centre
Participants to arrive at 6.35pm
Sessions at Townhouse Youth Centre, Colchester
Participants to arrive at 6.50pm
Sessions at Galleywood Youth Centre, Chelmsford
Participants to arrive at 6.50pm
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|Monday 20th November||Monday 20th November||Wednesday 22nd November|
|Monday 4th December||Monday 4th December||Wednesday 6th December|
|Monday 18th December||Monday 18th December||Wednesday 20th December|
|Monday 15th January||Monday 15th January||Wednesday 17th January|
|Monday 29th January||Monday 29th January||Wednesday 31st January|
|Monday 12th February||Monday 12th February||Wednesday 14th February|
|Monday 26th February||Monday 26th February||Wednesday 28th February|
|Monday 11th March||Monday 11th March||Wednesday 13th March|
|Monday 25th March||Monday 25th March||Wednesday 27th March|
Option 2: Virtual Sessions
Participants can register at any time and begin working towards their physical, skill and volunteering sections straight away for their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Participants will be invited to attend our monthly virtual sessions starting in Autumn 2023. This cohort will join expeditions starting in Spring/Summer/Autumn 2024.
The joining link will be sent to participants via email before the scheduled call.
|Thursday 9th November||Thursday 4th January|
|Thursday 7th December||Thursday 1st February|
|Thursday 7th March|
Want to find out more about the DofE Award Levels?
Our 2024 Expedition dates
We have launched our 2024 expedition dates for the Bronze, Silver and Gold award. View our expedition dates.
Read our frequently asked questions
Ask our friendly DofE Award Team a question at: DofE@essex.gov.uk