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Essex DofE Award Programme

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

2023 2023 2023
Monday 6th November Monday 6th November Wednesday 8th November
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
2024 2024 2024
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.

Virtual Sessions 


2023 2024
Thursday 9th November Thursday 4th January
Thursday 7th December Thursday 1st February
  Thursday 7th March

Download the 2023/24 programme dates


Want to find out more about the DofE Award Levels? 

We offer all award levels, find out more about the Bronze, Silver and Gold.

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

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