Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then.
A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.Contact the DofE
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in 1956.
As passionate about the DofE today as he was almost 60 years ago, The Duke of Edinburgh celebrated his 500th Gold Award Presentation in 2013 and continues to meet and hear about the experiences of the thousands of Gold Award holders at St James’s Palace each year.Find out more about our Patron
Our Executive Management Team works together to grow provision of the DofE so that more young people can have this life-changing opportunity. Our Trustees set the Charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of its objectives and uphold its value and governance. Together, they ensure that the DofE has far-reaching effects.
A record 253,005 young people started their DofE programme in the year. This is a 6% increase on last time and breaking through a quarter of a million new participants for the first time. Importantly, a record 41,667 of these were young people identified as being disadvantaged, at risk or marginalised: these are the individuals that we know derive the greatest benefit from their DofE experience.See our Annual Review for 2015-2016
There are lots of exciting activities and events going on at the DofE so, whether you’re writing an article about apprenticeships or volunteering, life skills or university admissions, we can help. For the latest DofE news, take a look at our news releases.
Check out our DofE stories – we’ve got a wide range of young people’s DofE stories, covering topics like employability, volunteering, overcoming adversity and supporting education.
We have lots of photography available to accompany DofE stories. Take a look at a sample of images.
Get the latest facts and figures about the DofE’s impact and find out more about our ambition.
Meet our celebrity supporters.Contact the Communications Team
The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE in the UK is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth.
Working through its network of international Award Operators in more than 140 countries and territories, it is creating new ways and places for young people to do the Award, using innovative online tools. It leads the Award’s entry into new countries, ensuring consistency around the world. We work to increase global awareness of the value of non-formal education. This in turn creates demand for the Award, which is one way that young people’s development outside the classroom can be recognised consistently worldwide.Find out more
For any region or country specific queries, you can contact your local DofE office.Local DofE offices
If you haven’t been able to find the answer to your enquiry on this website or if you wish to provide feedback on your DofE experience (or have a general query or complaint), please complete our feedback form.