Duke of Edinburgh Award

Giving young people the best possible start. Confidence, resilience, team working – just some of the skills young people get through their DofE

Many of the young people Cumbria Youth Alliance supports are not the usual Duke of Edinburgh participants - we focus on the harder to help and harder to reach young people who will benefit most from undertaking the award. Many are facing challenging times in school or as they move towards independent living and adulthood.

Often they have multiple and complex issues to overcome before they can go on and achieve their award. Despite the barriers we firmly believe that all young people have potential - they just need to be in the right place with the right level of support to enable them to fulfil that potential.

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UPDATE - For young people and organisations hosting DofE

Message from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Office 

Though lockdown’s easing, the anxiety and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 means this won’t feel like a ‘usual’ summer for any of us.

But, for young people, it's a great time to get a head start on their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections. We know lots of participants have been keeping their activities going over recent months – but, for those who haven’t, summer’s a good time to pick theirs back up or start something new.

The focus and motivation their DofE can bring at this time can be great for their physical and mental health as they get used to our ‘new normal’.

And, if they complete all three sections in 2020, they’ll receive their DofE Certificate of Achievement.

To find up to date information about Duke of Edinburgh please click the following links:

This is a fantastic achievement for all young people involved!