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Funded DofE Summer Programme

Give a life changing opportunity!


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


We are offering 28 funded spaces on our 2020 DofE Award Summer Programme – open to disadvantaged young people in Essex. Young people must be aged between 13*-24 years old. *13 year olds in current year 9

The programme is open to the most disadvantaged young people in Essex who are living on the margins of society. This includes young people in foster care, leaving care, not in education or employment and young people with disabilities.

Successful applicants will work towards achieveing the expedition section of their bronze award during July and August 2020. It will involve training for, and completing a challenging walking expedition that will provide each young person with an amazing opportunity for learning and personal development.

Make a referral to the programme. Deadline 5th June 2020:

Referrals will be reviewed following the deadline date and successful participants will be contacted with their confirmed place thereafter. An referral does not give an automatic place on the programme.


Please note, due to Coronavirus, the programme dates are subject to change. We are accepting referrals as normal at this time whilst we continue to monitor the situation. If required, we shall move the programme dates to later on in the summer or postpone until summer 2021. We will keep all accepted participants aware of this change.

Commitment required by participants

  • Four days practical training: Learning expedition skills needed to be self sufficient. Camp craft, navigation, map reading, stove cooking, expedition nutrition, first aid, emergency procedures, expedition packing and route planning. Training will take place on 4th-7th August 10am-4pm at Essex Outdoors, Well Lane, Danbury, CM3 4AB
  • Two day/one night walking expedition: In expedition teams, navigating and camping in the great outdoors. Putting into practice newly acquired expedition skills. This is an assessed expedition ensuring each team (of up to 7 young people) can meet DofE’s 20 conditions. To take place on 13th and 14th August. Starting and finishing at Essex Outdoors, Well Lane, Danbury, CM3 4AB 10am – 4pm over 2 days with an overnight camp.
  • A follow-up phone discussion with a DofE leader: To take place on either the 2nd, 3rd or 4th September. To discuss with the participant, their progression with the other sections of the bronze award. This includes the physical, skill and volunteering sections
  • Participants will need to complete three other sections to complete the bronze award: physical, skill and volunteering. One of these sections must be committed to for 6 months. The remaining two sections for 3 months. At least one hour a week must be spent doing the section. I.e volunteering in your local community

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 four mandatory training days, in order to start the expedition. Financial support with travel is available
  • Commitment to complete the programme
  • Walking shoes or boots (these can be purchased for as little as £20)
  • Sleeping bag and 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/1 night expedition


This programme supports the guiding principle of The DofE Award being achievable by all. Young people can only start their bronze DofE programme when they are in the school year in which they turn 14. We are interested in receiving 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

Make a referral - deadline 5th June 2020

Do you know a young person who would massively benefit from this experience? Submit your referral:

Referrals will be reviewed following the deadline date and successful participants will be contacted with their confirmed place thereafter. An referral does not give an automatic place on the programme.

Watch to see what happened on our 2019 summer project