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Information evenings, start dates and locations

Where do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) sessions take place

We deliver our DofE Award programme from eight Open Award Centres within Essex during term times. Please select your nearest location to view the time and location of the DofE sessions: 

At each location we run the three progressive award levels. You can register for:

Our sessions focus on on expedition planning and training. In addition to this, we support you with the physical, skills and volunteering sections of the award which you complete in your own time.

When do the DofE sessions start?

Our DofE sessions for the 2018/19 season are underway. However, it's not too late to join!

Once you register for the DofE award, you will be contacted by your centres Team Leader with your start date and time.

What is the latest date I can register for the award?

You can register a place on the DofE award at any point throughout the year. However, in order to complete the expeditions with Essex County Council in 2019 you need to register by 31 January 2019.

Please note: Our core DofE programme starts in November 2018, if you start later than this date, you will be required to attend catch-up training sessions.

If you register after 31 January 2019, you will be required to complete your expedition training, practice and qualifying expedition with an external expedition provider. Alternatively, you may choose to defer the expedition section of your award until spring/summer 2019, when you can join the next round of our Essex County Council run expeditions.

Information evenings

Our Information evenings for the 2018/19 season took place in October 2018. However, it's not too late to find out about the DofE Award and what's involved. Email us at: youth.work@essex.gov.uk