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Open Award Centre’s Information

Essex Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme


Our Open Award Centres have two intakes per year. One intake in November and one intake in April. The sessions at the centre are instructor lead where you will focus on the award sections and expedition preparation. 

You can register for your award anytime throughout the year, getting started on your physical, volunteering and skill sections. Upon registration, you will be sent guidance on how to get started with these three sections.

Our April 2022 cohort dates are (Please note these are week commencing):

  • 25th April 2022
  • 9th May
  • 16th May
  • 23rd May
  • 6th June
  • 13th June
  • 20th June
  • 27th June
  • 4th July
  • 11th July 


2nd July Training Day
23rd-24th July Practice Expedition 
13th-14th August Qualifying Expedition


4th Sept Training day
16th-18th September Practice Expedition
22nd-24th October Qualifying Expedition


16th July Training Day
22nd-26th July Practice Expedition
5-9th August 20-24th August Qualifying Expedition

Register a place on The DofE Award 

We run three progressive award levels. All our centres run each award level, and you can also complete any award level as a virtual participant.


Our DofE Youth Centre locations and session times 

Monday evenings 7.00pm   - Brentwood, Hermit Youth Centre 

Monday evenings 6.30pm (Bronze Award only) – Colchester, Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre

Monday evenings 5.00pm (Silver Gold Award only) – Colchester, Colchester Townhouse Youth Centre

Monday evenings 7.00pm (Monthly sessions) Virtual Open Award Centre (VOAC)

Tuesday evenings 7.15pm (Silver and Gold only) – Chelmsford, Galleywood Youth Centre

Wednesday evenings 7.00pm (Bronze Award only) – Chelmsford, Chelmer Gate Youth Centre 


Ask our friendly DofE Award Team a question at: